numerical

adjective

nu·​mer·​i·​cal nu̇-ˈmer-i-kəl How to pronounce numerical (audio)
nyu̇-
1
: of or relating to numbers
the numerical superiority of the enemy
2
: expressed in or involving numbers or a number system
numerical standing in a class
a numerical code
numerically adverb

Example Sentences

The files are organized according to a numerical system. The files are in numerical order.
Recent Examples on the Web To the untrained eye, this looks like a simple numerical manicure. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 19 Oct. 2022 The concentration of fine particulate matter is one of five gauges used to calculate the Air Quality Index, a numerical and color-coded index used to let the public know about local air pollution levels. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Oct. 2022 Possibly most striking is a draft recommendation for a firm numerical cap on chum salmon taken as bycatch in the Bering Sea’s industrial-scale pollock trawl fishery, a measure that managers have been reluctant to take in the past. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Oct. 2022 Republicans had a one-time numerical advantage to force something through. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2022 Expressive personalities often get bored with details, so tread carefully when presenting numerical findings and try to relate data to the storytelling aspect of their jobs. Nicholas Freund, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 The concentration of fine particulate matter is one of five gauges used to calculate the Air Quality Index, a numerical and color-coded index used to let the public know about local air pollution levels. Julie Appleby And Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2022 But the numerical rate overlooks the impact of the ongoing mortgage rate shock: These mortgage rates, coupled with frothy home prices, put new monthly payments in the upper bounds of history. Bylance Lambert, Fortune, 5 Oct. 2022 Zero might serve occasionally as a numerical placeholder, but nothing does not. Percival Everett, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin numerus

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of numerical was in 1628

Dictionary Entries Near numerical

Cite this Entry

“Numerical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/numerical. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

numerical

adjective

nu·​mer·​i·​cal n(y)u̇-ˈmer-i-kəl How to pronounce numerical (audio)
1
: of or relating to numbers
2
: shown in or involving numbers or a number system
numerical order
numerically adverb

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