nu·​mer·​a·​tion ˌnü-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce numeration (audio)
: the act or process or an instance of counting or numbering
also : a system of counting or numbering
: an act or instance of designating by a number
: the art of reading in words numbers expressed by numerals

Examples of numeration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1976, while on a research visit to Sumatra to examine the numeration systems of the region, one of us (Swetz) was impressed by the mathematical abilities of the traditional Batak people. Scientific American, 28 July 2022 The method Dones and the team set out to create aimed to be both a head count and a megaphone, quantitative numeration fused with an opportunity to record testimonies from the homeless community. Kyle Swenson, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2022 Researchers at the Center for Civilizational Dialogue at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur have been investigating the history of early numeration systems of Southeast Asia. Scientific American, 28 July 2022

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Word History


Middle English numeracioun "method of reckoning, science of numbers," borrowed from Latin numerātiōn-, numerātiō "calculation, reckoning," from numerāre "to count, number entry 2" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of numeration was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Numeration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


nu·​mer·​a·​tion ˌn(y)ü-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce numeration (audio)
: the act or process or a system or instance of counting or naming one by one
a base 10 system of numeration
: the act of reading in words numbers expressed by numerals
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