odd number


: a whole number that is not able to be divided by two into two equal whole numbers
The numbers 1, 3, 5, and 7 are odd numbers.

Examples of odd number in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bottom line Consider an odd number that the Federal Reserve and many economists track carefully – inflation minus food and energy. Jonathan Lansner, Orange County Register, 10 Apr. 2024 At the challenge, the castaways drew rocks to split into two teams, with Tiffany having to sit out because of an odd number of players. Brian Anthony Hernandez, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2024 Any odd number of twists produces a Möbius strip, because the resulting shape still has only one side. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 Attempts to derive ought from is are like attempts to reach an odd number by adding together even numbers. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 24 Mar. 2010 And then there’s the annoying odd number thing, based on the specious notion that readers are more curious about the specificity of, say, nine and 21 than 10 and 20. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2024 In dimensions five and higher — remember, contact manifolds can only have an odd number of dimensions — these questions still aren’t answered. Leila Sloman, Quanta Magazine, 7 Nov. 2023 While a dozen means a group of 12, a baker’s dozen is a group of 13, an odd number of bakery goods that came about nearly 1,000 years ago. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 26 Sep. 2023 The result was 16 teams in 7A, 19 in 6A, 33 in 5A, 47 in 4A, 43 in 3A and 29 in 2A, and the odd numbers led to some conferences having an odd number of teams, leading to open dates during conference play and schools having to search for nonconference opponents to complete their schedules. Henry Apple, Arkansas Online, 23 July 2023

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“Odd number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odd%20number. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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