nu·​mer·​i·​cal nu̇-ˈmer-i-kəl How to pronounce numerical (audio)
: of or relating to numbers
the numerical superiority of the enemy
: expressed in or involving numbers or a number system
numerical standing in a class
a numerical code
numerically 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 addition, Ukraine’s better units have been fighting almost non-stop for two years, while Russia mobilized an additional 300,000 troops to increase its numerical superiority. Tim Lister, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024 Want numerical clarity on the status of your relationship? Mark Travers, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The third border was with the Western Hemisphere countries, Canada and Mexico, which had no numerical restrictions, no quotas. Theodore S. Gonzalves, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 The thousands of weddings expected on what is normally a big holiday could even set a record — thanks in part to the date, which this year creates a repeating numerical sequence of 1-2-3-1-2-3. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 27 Dec. 2023 How that’s different from now: If passed, this would be the first time a numerical threshold is put in place to invoke emergency measures at the border, Chishti says., The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 This strategy uses physics simulators to help train neural networks to match the output of the high-precision numerical systems. IEEE Spectrum, 2 Feb. 2024 This is information that will be in the environment, and counting animals must have some mechanism for extracting this numerical information from the environment. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Feb. 2024 And there was the discovery of Mandelbrot sets in other contexts entirely, as in the search for numerical solutions to cubic equations. Quanta Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Latin numerus number entry 1 + -ical

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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