nu·​mer·​i·​cal | \ nu̇-ˈmer-i-kəl How to pronounce numerical (audio) , nyu̇-\

Definition of numerical

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

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Other Words from numerical

numerically \ nu̇-​ˈmer-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce numerically (audio) , nyu̇-​ \ adverb

Examples of numerical in a Sentence

The files are organized according to a numerical system. The files are in numerical order.

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Honey bees are known to have some numerical skills such as the capacity to count to four, which may come in handy when keeping track of landmarks in their environment. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Bees understand the concept of zero," 7 June 2018 Google typically verifies if a business is legit by calling, mailing a postcard, or emailing a numerical code that is then entered on the website. Alexis Reliford,, "You Can’t Trust Google Maps To Find It All — Fake Businesses Are Everywhere," 25 June 2019 Though Google typically verifies if a business is legitimate by mailing a postcard, calling, or emailing a numerical code to enter into a Google website, the system is easy enough for scammers to bypass with fake addresses and phone numbers. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Google Maps has a fake business listing problem," 20 June 2019 In virtually every numerical sense, Colorado’s mid-June snowpack is off the charts. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado snowpack is at 751 percent. But the images truly tell the story.," 15 June 2019 With this idea in hand, the duo started experimenting with a numerical model of modern global subduction. Ben Horton, National Geographic, "What jumpstarted Earth's plate tectonics? New clues point to ancient glaciers.," 5 June 2019 In response to another open records request, the city released a numerical sequence of police reports detailing calls that occurred immediately before and after the incident. Brian Chasnoff,, "Officer filed DPS report on Brockhouse," 4 June 2019 With a numerical model, a problem is solved by using small steps. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Best Way for a Mouse to Escape a Cat, According to Math," 3 June 2019 Being 1 upon birth may be linked to the time babies spend in their mothers’ wombs or to an ancient Asian numerical system that didn’t have the concept of zero. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "S. Korean babies born Dec. 31 become 2-year-olds next day," 13 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of numerical

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for numerical

Latin numerus

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English Language Learners Definition of numerical

: of or relating to numbers or a system of numbers


nu·​mer·​i·​cal | \ nu̇-ˈmer-i-kəl How to pronounce numerical (audio) , nyu̇-\

Kids Definition of numerical

: of or relating to numbers : stated in numbers numerical order

Other Words from numerical

numerically adverb

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