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number line
noun
: 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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For example, the set {2, 4, 8, 16, …}, in which each number doubles the one before it, is so spread out along the number line that it’s said to make up 0 percent of the whole numbers.
—Leila Sloman, WIRED, 1 Sep. 2024
Predicting exactly where the next prime will show up on the number line is challenging, but describing the cumulative abundance of primes over large intervals is surprisingly straightforward.
—Byzack Savitsky, science.org, 29 July 2024
The new proof automatically leads to better approximations of how many primes exist in short intervals on the number line, and stands to offer many other insights into how primes behave.
—Jordana Cepelewicz, WIRED, 4 Aug. 2024
Mathematicians want to understand how primes are distributed along the number line, in the hope of revealing an organizing principle for the atoms of arithmetic.
—Byzack Savitsky, science.org, 29 July 2024
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Word History
First Known Use
1956, in the meaning defined above
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“Number line.” MerriamWebster.com Dictionary, MerriamWebster, https://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/number%20line. Accessed 16 Sep. 2024.
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number line
noun
: a line without ends whose points are matched to the real numbers by their distance from a given point labeled zero
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