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

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 An integer overflow was addressed with improved input validation. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 6 May 2021 An integer overflow vulnerability that could be exploited to craft malicious web content, which may lead to code execution. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 4 May 2021 The assumption would be valid only if there is no smaller positive integer that satisfies it. Jean-paul Delahaye, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2021 The algorithm works on geometric objects called lattices, which are sets of points in space whose coordinates often have integer values. Quanta Magazine, 17 Mar. 2021 This will be a follow-on to the Orin SoC but will more than quadruple the performance at more than 1,000 TOPS (8-bit integer). Jim Mcgregor, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Floating-point operations achieved that 19 percent, but integer workloads often sank to 13 percent, or even 7 percent for multi-threaded workloads. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 6 Mar. 2021 The same thing happens with the Pythagorean theorem, where in school, most examples end up solving out to Pythagorean triples, the small set of integer values that work cleanly into the Pythagorean theorem. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 8 Dec. 2020 CoreMark focuses solely on the core pipeline functions of a CPU, including basic read/write, integer, and control operations. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 4 Dec. 2020

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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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“Integer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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


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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