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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Fermions have a half-integer spin: 1/2, 3/2, and so on. Philip Ball, Scientific American, "Supergravity Snags Super Award: $3-Million Special Breakthrough Prize," 6 Aug. 2019 In the setting of mirror symmetry, points on the house whose coordinate values previously were integers become points whose coordinate values are now multiples of different zeta values. Quanta Magazine, "Three Decades Later, Mystery Numbers Explained," 3 May 2018 Any of the Steinitz-type proofs will tell you not only that there is a polyhedron but also that there’s a polyhedron with integers for the coordinates of the vertices. Quanta Magazine, "In Search of God’s Perfect Proofs," 19 Mar. 2018 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

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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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