quantity

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noun quan·ti·ty \ˈkwän-tə-tē\

Definition of quantity

plural

quantities

  1. 1 a :  an indefinite amount or number b :  a determinate or estimated amount c :  total amount or number d :  a considerable amount or number —often used in plural <generous quantities of luck — H. E. Putsch>

  2. 2 a :  the aspect in which a thing is measurable in terms of greater, less, or equal or of increasing or decreasing magnitude b :  the subject of a mathematical operation c :  an individual considered with respect to a given situation <an unknown quantity…as attorney general — Tom Wicker>

  3. 3 a :  duration and intensity of speech sounds as distinct from their individual quality or phonemic character; specifically :  the relative length or brevity of a prosodic syllable in some languages (as Greek and Latin) b :  the relative duration or time length of a speech sound or sound sequence

  4. 4 :  the character of a logical proposition as being universal, particular, or singular

Examples of quantity in a sentence

  1. The wine is made in small quantities.

  2. The boss is worried about quantity as well as quality.

  3. The family buys food in quantity.

Origin and Etymology of quantity

Middle English quantite, from Anglo-French quantité, from Latin quantitat-, quantitas, from quantus how much, how large; akin to Latin quam how, as, quando when, qui who — more at who


First Known Use: 14th century

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QUANTITY Defined for English Language Learners

quantity

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noun quan·ti·ty \ˈkwän-tə-tē\

Definition of quantity for English Language Learners

  • : an amount or number of something

  • : a large amount or number of something


QUANTITY Defined for Kids

quantity

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noun quan·ti·ty \ˈkwän-tə-tē\

Definition of quantity for Students

plural

quantities

  1. 1 :  2amount, number <There's a small quantity of fuel left.>

  2. 2 :  a large number or amount <quantities of money> <We buy food in quantity.>



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