nu·mer·i·cal | \nu̇-ˈmer-i-kəl, 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, 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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But Democratic problems in the nomination battle extend beyond the GOP’s numerical advantage in the Senate. John Wildermuth,, "Will Dems ‘gum up the works’ to try to block a Trump Supreme Court pick?," 28 June 2018 And that suggested the bees get the idea of more and fewer, of a numerical series in which one is closer to zero than five. James Gorman, New York Times, "Do Bees Know Nothing?," 7 June 2018 But that implicitly assumes that the scene is simple enough that it can be represented with a relatively small number of numerical values. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI," 29 June 2018 That’s the numerical code for marijuana’s high holiday, an homage to pot’s enduring appeal and universal slang for smoking. Washington Post, "Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana," 20 Apr. 2018 The Guardian now reports that the co-pilot did indeed activate a five-minute override that prevented the captain, who'd left the cockpit, from punching in a numerical code to reenter. Thomas Houston, Popular Mechanics, "Germanwings Co-pilot Accelerated Plane Before Crash," 24 Mar. 2015 Authorities traced the IP address, a numerical label assigned to specific devices, to Klinger’s house on Eugenia Court in Oviedo, according to the report. Jeff Weiner,, "Oviedo man had 'thousands upon thousands' of child porn files, arrest report says," 13 July 2018 Unlike OpenAI’s Dota 2 bots, DeepMind’s agents also didn’t have access to raw numerical data about the game — feeds of numbers that represents information like the distance between opponents and health bars. James Vincent, The Verge, "DeepMind’s AI agents exceed ‘human-level’ gameplay in Quake III," 4 July 2018 America did not set permanent numerical limits on immigration until the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924, which used a quota system to govern entry. The Economist, "America’s immigration system is broken," 28 June 2018

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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, 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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