## Definition of number

**:**a sum of units

**:**total

- the number of people in the hall

**:**complement 1b

- … the whole number of Senators …
- —
*U.S. Constitution*

**:**an indefinite usually large total

- a number of members were absent

- the number of elderly is rising

**:**a numerical preponderance (see preponderance 2)

- There's safety in numbers.

**:**the characteristic of an individual by which it is treated as a unit or of a collection by which it is treated in terms of units

- there is a limited number of such laboratories
- —P. D. Close

**:**an ascertainable total

- bugs beyond number

**:**a unit belonging to an abstract mathematical system and subject to specified laws of succession, addition, and multiplication

- a number divisible by 2

**:**natural number

**:**an element (such as π) of any of many mathematical systems obtained by extension of or analogy with the natural number system

**:**a distinction of word form to denote reference to one or more than one

- A subject and its verb should agree in number.

**:**a form or group of forms so distinguished

**:**a word, symbol, letter, or combination of symbols representing a number

- Spell out the numbers one through ten.

**:**a numeral or combination of numerals or other symbols used to identify or designate

- dialed the wrong number

**:**a group of one kind

- not of their number

**:**one singled out from a group

**:**individual: such as

**:**an act of transforming or impairing

- tripped and did a number on her knee

**:**an item of merchandise and especially clothing

- put that black velvet number with the sequins on the blonde dummy
- —Bennett Cerf

**:**insight into a person's ability or character

- had my number

**:**a form of lottery in which an individual wagers on the appearance of a certain combination of digits (as in regularly published numbers) — called also numbers game

**:**

^{2}policy 2a

**:**figures representing amounts of money usually in dollars spent, earned, or involved

- We won't be able to stay in business with numbers like these.

**:**statistics 2; especially

**:**individual statistics (as of an athlete)

- Her numbers make her the most valuable member of the team.

**:**rating 3c

**:**a person represented by a number or considered without regard to individuality

- at the university I was just a number

**:**lifetime 1a —used with

*up*

- the old feeling that comes to men in combat … that your number was up
- —Geoffrey Norman

**:**in unison to a specific count or cadence

**:**in a systematic, routine, or mechanical manner

- a program run not
*by the numbers*but with concern for the participants