quantity

noun
quan·​ti·​ty | \ ˈkwän-tə-tē \
plural quantities

Definition of quantity

1a : 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
2a : 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
3a : 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 (such as Greek and Latin)
b : the relative duration or time length of a speech sound or sound sequence
4 : the character of a logical proposition as being universal, particular, or singular

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Examples of quantity in a Sentence

The wine is made in small quantities. The boss is worried about quantity as well as quality. The family buys food in quantity.
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Putting all of this into context, having a diminished ovarian reserve can mean that at age 30, the quality and quantity of your eggs is more typical of someone who’s 45, for instance. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Does It Mean to Have a Diminished Ovarian Reserve?," 17 Nov. 2018 Since then, constitutionalists have cheered the quality and sheer quantity of his appointments to all levels of the judiciary. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "Why Republicans Stick With Trump," 30 Aug. 2018 Economists typically argue that rent control will lead to a reduction in the quality and quantity of housing available. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Could rent control be coming to San Diego?," 3 July 2018 Mr Sarandos buys quality as well as quantity with his billions. The Economist, "Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets," 28 June 2018 Amex’s business model has spurred robust interbrand competition and has increased the quality and quantity of credit-card transactions. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Supreme Court Defends American Express Business Model In Blow to Retailers," 25 June 2018 Going to bed and rising at roughly the same time every day helps to regulate circadian rhythms and improve overall sleep quality and quantity. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Can You Catch Up on Lost Sleep On the Weekends? Here’s What Experts Think," 24 May 2018 The volumes are tiny, unlike the vast quantities of equally toxic waste from coal and other fuels. Joshua S. Goldstein And, WSJ, "Only Nuclear Energy Can Save the Planet," 11 Jan. 2019 To begin, here is a chart of the price of the various quantities of wing, the beginning of our journey. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "The true madness of a viral wing pricing scheme," 28 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of quantity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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quantity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quantity

: an amount or number of something
: a large amount or number of something

quantity

noun
quan·​ti·​ty | \ ˈkwän-tə-tē \
plural quantities

Kids Definition of quantity

1 : amount entry 2, number There's a small quantity of fuel left.
2 : a large number or amount quantities of money We buy food in quantity.

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