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

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The integers — all the positive and negative counting numbers — don’t form a field. Quanta Magazine, "Smaller Is Better: Why Finite Number Systems Pack More Punch," 11 Feb. 2019 For integer workloads, branch prediction and prefetching have been made more accurate and some caches enlarged. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "AMD outlines its future: 7nm GPUs with PCIe 4, Zen 2, Zen 3, Zen 4," 6 Nov. 2018 Partisans take turns drawing lines on the map; each line to divide a contiguous region into two contiguous subregions, each containing an integer multiple of N/n people (within agreed rounding error). WSJ, "Hooray for Fair Districts, but What’s Fair?," 6 Sep. 2018 On top of that, the ratios of those intervals are not neat integers. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Magnetic helium makes superfluid time crystal," 2 June 2018 The rule is this: the circumference of the ball should be equal to a half integer number of wavelengths. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Spinning glass ball rejects light from one direction," 27 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter That, though, will be harder in the future—at least for sets of data that consist of integer numbers in a known range, as do, for example, the answers to many questionnaires in psychology experiments. The Economist, "Computer algorithms can test the dodginess of published results," 14 June 2018 The primary method involved downloading images stored on and extracting an IP address from six integer values used for GPS latitude and longitude stored in the EXIF field of the image. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "VPNFilter malware infecting 500,000 devices is worse than we thought," 6 June 2018 An irrational number is one that cannot be expressed by a fraction of integers, or whole numbers. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Mysteries of the Golden Ratio Explained by Math and Sunflowers," 11 May 2018

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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

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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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