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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



Definition of numeric (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for numeric

Synonyms: Noun

digit, figure, integer, number, numeral, whole number

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Examples of numeric in a Sentence


in addition to the standard alphabetical letters and numerics, the keyboard features rows of special characters

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The largest numeric growth between 2017 and 2018 was in Maricopa County, Arizona, increasing by 34,395 (2.6%) people. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Census says Liberty county fastest growing Hispanic population in the nation," 26 June 2019 The computer’s console, with its numeric keypad, resembled that on a microwave oven, and its small readout screens cast an eerie green light from below. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 For instance, Google has its Authenticator app that uses randomly generated numeric code with a strict time limit, and Facebook now uses a similar tool built into the Facebook app itself. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Instagram will upgrade two-factor authentication to guard against SIM hacking," 17 July 2018 The app will give a numeric code to unlock the bike. Ally Marotti,, "Uber's electric, dockless bikes coming to South Side," 29 June 2018 HP’s Spectre x360 15 (2018) is the larger-scale relative of the the HP Spectre x360 13 (2018), with enough extra space to add a numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) hands on: HP's convertible notebook leaps to six cores," 23 Oct. 2018 Recent court filings from both sides have cast light on the school’s selection process, including the numeric scale used to judge applicants ranging from their academics to their personalities. Washington Post, "Suit alleging bias pulls back curtain on Harvard admissions," 9 July 2018 Please note: your account number is numeric only, 5-8 digits long, and does not require the magazine code (such as SCA) or the leading zeros that appear on the mailing label. Scientific American, "Frequently Asked Questions," 19 June 2018 As indicated by their numeric names, the 5000 and 3000 towers are less-powerful, more-affordable versions of Acer's top-tier desktop, and both are designed to be smaller, yet almost mirror images of the Orion 9000. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer’s Chromebook Spin 13 tempts professionals to use Chrome OS at work," 24 May 2018

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In fact, while each shade has both a numeric and a descriptive name — for example, 18 Deep Sable — nearly half the shades have decimals, indicating subtle variations in undertones. Marci Robin, Allure, "Exclusive: Nyx Is Launching a New Full-Coverage Foundation in 45 Shades," 11 July 2018 Compared to the 2017 Spectre x360 15, the new convertible has a more spacious keyboard area, so much so that an entire numeric keypad now sits on the right side of the chassis. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Spectre 15 x360 2018 review: Made better by standard 4K, great battery life," 25 May 2018 This is a numeric, unique identifier attached to every Facebook account. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data," 22 Mar. 2018 Q: There’s more to creating an effective relationship with an adviser than numerics. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "An adviser to find an adviser? When it comes to money, you might want help," 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of numeric


circa 1828, in the meaning defined above


1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of numeric was circa 1828

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English Language Learners Definition of numeric

: of or relating to numbers

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