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Definition of integer

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

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Examples of integer in a Sentence

Both 10 and -10 are integers. three is a positive integer
Recent Examples on the Web Irrational numbers, like $latex \sqrt{2}$ and $latex \pi$, cannot be represented as a ratio of integers. Quanta Magazine, "How Rational Math Catches Slippery Irrational Numbers," 10 Mar. 2020 In other words, one of the best six-cylinder engines in the history of integers greater than five, but less than seven. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "James Bond Gets a Stunt Double in No Time to Die—So Does Aston Martin's DB5," 20 Feb. 2020 WebAssembly proposes to change this, with native support for 64-bit integers, load-and-store offsets, and direct access to CPU instructions frequently used for specific tasks such as cryptanalysis. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "The ByteCode Alliance wants to bring binary apps into your browser," 14 Nov. 2019 Their new paper refers to Pascal’s triangle, which is maybe most often used by math students learning binomial theorem and using the triangular set of integer values to decide what their coefficients are. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Discover Another New Phase of Matter," 17 Feb. 2020 Like previous records, these ones 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, "New crypto-cracking record reached, with less help than usual from Moore’s Law," 3 Dec. 2019 The conjecture predicts that there are infinitely many such pairs among the counting numbers, or integers. Wired, "A Big Question About Prime Numbers Gets a Partial Answer," 29 Sep. 2019 Number theory is, in large part, the study of finding solutions to equations that cast insight into the fundamental properties of integers., "Most read on," 7 Nov. 2019 Pixel art fans will be pleased to hear that Nvidia is introducing GPU integer scaling with this new driver. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Nvidia releases big driver update with ultra-low latency mode, integer scaling, and more," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of integer was in 1571

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11 May 2020

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“Integer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of integer

mathematics : any number that is not a fraction or decimal : any whole number or its negative


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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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