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Definition of numeric

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: numerical especially : denoting a number or a system of numbers a numeric code a numeric sign



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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of numeric in a Sentence

Noun in addition to the standard alphabetical letters and numerics, the keyboard features rows of special characters
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The preprocessing stage involves taking numeric features from social media text. Naveen Joshi, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 The GLAAD Social Media Safety Index’s Platform Scorecard used 12 LGBTQ-specific indicators to generate numeric ratings for safety, privacy and expression for the five platforms measured. Todd Spangler, Variety, 13 July 2022 Powerful computers plug into the Bitcoin network and perform complex mathematical tasks to confirm the legitimacy of transactions, making quintillions of numeric guesses a second. New York Times, 7 June 2022 The highest numeric drop was in New York City, which lost 305,465 people, or 3.5 percent of its population. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 For entrepreneurs, corporate executives and business owners, success is almost always tied to numeric results, earnings, deals closed and revenue accumulated. Jean-paul Gravel, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Westfield’s numeric population gain was more than double that of second-place Fort Wayne with a growth of 1,805 residents last year. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 2022 The Alamo City topped the nation’s list of numeric gains as 13,626 people relocated here — far outpacing Austin’s relatively small growth of just 1,056 newcomers. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 25 May 2022 Experts at Boston University remind us that using a combination of alphabetical and numeric characters—with uppercase and lowercase mixed in with symbols—helps craft the complexity. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Labeling his furniture designs with dry numeric codes wasn’t for Jean Royère. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 The airport’s alpha-numeric category designates the maximum landing speed and wingspan of aircraft for which the facility is designed. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Dec. 2021 Reporting on inflation isn’t all that useful when the percentages tossed about like numeric salad with a light panic vinaigrette are unaccompanied by more context and comparison. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The state’s overall community college and university headcount dropped by about 123,000 students — the largest numeric decrease of any state. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 From the insight derivation or analytics perspective, the structure provides the right data type (i.e., nominal, ordinal or numeric). Prashanth Southekal, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 For water used for industrial purposes, the changes remove specific numeric standards for pH, chloride and hardness and replace them with a narrative description. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 There’s a proper numeric keypad for spreadsheet users and an extended cursor cluster. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 The sheets filled with numeric and Greek scratchings had quickly overwhelmed his modest desk and were now forming a patchwork wallpaper that spread from that corner and began to wrap around the 8x12 room. Popular Mechanics, 21 Feb. 2021 See More

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circa 1828, in the meaning defined above


1878, in the meaning defined above

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“Numeric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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