number line


Definition of number line

: a line of infinite extent whose points correspond to the real numbers according to their distance in a positive or negative direction from a point arbitrarily taken as zero

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On a number line, the eigenvalues seemed to exhibit a somewhat regular spacing — never clustered together nor spread too far apart. Quanta Magazine, "Universal Pattern Explains Why Materials Conduct," 6 May 2019 The overall number lines up well with estimates from previous studies, even though it was derived independently. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What 61,000 hidden structures reveal about Maya civilization," 28 Sep. 2018 Once all symbols have been encoded, the system uses a long binary string (something like 0.1010010100111010110...) to represent the exact point on the number line corresponding to the encoded string. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain," 10 June 2018 That number lines up with measurements taken of bricks and other inorganic objects measured at the time. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Study Shows Full Extent of Radiation Damage to Hiroshima Victims," 1 May 2018 On Wednesday, March 21, officials will review these ballots to make sure the number lines up correctly with their records. Michael Boren,, "Pa.'s 18th Congressional District: How counting the votes works in tight Lamb-Saccone race," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of number line

1956, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of number line

: a line in which points are matched to numbers

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