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Definition of integer

1 : any of the natural numbers, the negatives of these numbers, or zero
2 : a complete entity

Examples of integer in a Sentence

Both 10 and -10 are integers. three is a positive integer
Recent Examples on the Web The color options are stored under integer values, because that’s much easier than asking the computer to parse, or interpret, a color name written out as a word. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 5 Aug. 2022 Some centuries after Archimedes, the Indian mathematician Brahmagupta, and later the mathematician Bhāskara II, provided algorithms to find integer solutions to these equations. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 10 Aug. 2022 Then the code turns the color code integer into something that makes the change in the Unity engine. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 5 Aug. 2022 Select a cryptographically sound random integer K between 1 and N-1 inclusive. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 Like previous records, these were accomplished using a complex algorithm called the Number Field Sieve, which can be used to perform both integer factoring and finite field discrete logarithms. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 5 July 2022 In this way, the arithmetic logic unit (ALU) can add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative integer numbers. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 That problem focused on finding an algorithm for determining whether, for some system of polynomial equations with integer coefficients, there exists a solution in the integers, Kedlaya notes. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, 14 Oct. 2021 And the roadmap is not just about integer performance, SiFive plans to deliver platform capabilities including vector processing and virtualization. Kevin Krewell, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of integer

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for integer

Latin, adjective, whole, entire — more at entire entry 1

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21 Sep 2022

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“Integer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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in·​te·​ger | \ ˈin-ti-jər How to pronounce integer (audio) \

Kids Definition of integer

: a number that is a natural number (as 1, 2, or 3), the negative of a natural number (as −1, −2, −3), or 0

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