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 Currently, all students receive a numerical rank on their transcript. Ashley Mcbride,, "San Antonio school district upends class rank policy to reduce students’ stress," 14 Jan. 2020 As befits the field, each side claims numerical data support their view. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Mathematicians divided over faculty hiring practices that require proof of efforts to promote diversity," 14 Jan. 2020 If statisticians see data visualization as the pursuit of the clearest and most correct translation of numerical data into graphical form, designers understand that a chart can at times be a tool in a bigger marketing or branding scheme. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Designers and statisticians disagree on what makes a good information graphic," 12 Jan. 2020 For voters who do their homework and take a deeper dive beneath the numerical surface, these lists are helpful first steps. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Thoughts about the Eclipse Awards process," 11 Jan. 2020 Unlike an alcohol Breathalyzer, Hound Lab’s weed technology doesn’t detect impairment levels with a numerical value. Megan Cassidy,, "Lab says its marijuana breath analyzer will hit the market in 2020," 1 Jan. 2020 The agriculture wood shop will have new tools such as new saws, hand tools, computer numerical control machines, and 4-by-8-foot plasma cutters. Arkansas Online, "Arkansas school district receives $1.25M grant," 29 Dec. 2019 For the study, participants were given factual numerical information about four societal issues. Jennifer Smola, Anchorage Daily News, "Facts are misremembered to fit personal biases, study finds," 27 Dec. 2019 Four letters are printed on it, three times, above numerical codes: USAF, or United States Air Force. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 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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The first known use of numerical was in 1628

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18 Jan 2020

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“Numerical.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 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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to insert between existing elements

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