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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web In a recent study, not yet published, Barbara Mellers, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, asked participants to answer numerical trivia questions like the ones above. Walter Frick, Quartz at Work, "Use this tool to overcome the biggest decision-making mistake," 6 Sep. 2020 Gebbia’s approach in that realm is his outlook, rather than numerical performance. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s Tristan Gebbia isn’t letting pandemic become an obstacle as he tries to become the Beavers’ next starting QB," 4 Sep. 2020 As its numerical suffix suggests, the Baby II isn't the first time that Bugatti has created a miniature. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Bugatti Baby II Plays with the Past," 1 Sep. 2020 And, unlike the positivity ratio, there's no numerical measure that gives us a sense of the impact of these delays. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "What experts are saying about opening schools amid COVID-19," 26 Aug. 2020 The Marlins fielded the largest numerical battery in history in the nightcap, when Rogers made his major league debut while wearing No. 95 and threw to catcher and fellow rookie Brian Navarreto, who wore No. 87. Jerry Beach, Star Tribune, "Marlins pitch a pair of shutouts, sweep Mets in twinbill," 26 Aug. 2020 Traditional matchmakers use a numerical system, too. Stephen Marche, Wired, "A Rocket Scientist’s Love Algorithm Adds Up During Covid-19," 21 Aug. 2020 And each one must be assigned some numerical value, positive or negative. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Teaching Machines to See," 1 Nov. 2015 Though some smaller counties grew faster last year in percentage terms, the latest estimates show the state capital led in numerical growth for the first time in four years, according to a Denver Post data analysis. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Denver’s population growth leads Colorado as urban areas outpace rural," 25 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of numerical was in 1628

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14 Sep 2020

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“Numerical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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

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numerically adverb

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