quan·​ti·​ty | \ ˈkwän-tə-tē How to pronounce quantity (audio) \
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Based on the reaction from critics as well as viewers, meanwhile, the consensus here seems to be that this is another instance of Netflix prioritizing quantity over quality. Andy Meek, BGR, 2 Aug. 2022 And Streetlights builds quality, not just quantity. Sharine Taylor, Variety, 25 July 2022 The strength and quantity of the THC consumed can be the difference between a positive and negative test, as drug tests are searching for THC, not cannabis, says Medical News Today. Liam Gravvat, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 They are farmed and made with industrial methods aimed at quantity over quality. New York Times, 21 July 2022 Millions of tons of rubble—the remains of apartment blocks and houses—together with a vast quantity of metal from shelled plants and factories are sinking into the earth. Lauren Markham, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 And in a 2016 investigation, investigators secured commitments to purchase a dangerous quantity of radioactive material after setting up shell companies and altering a valid license. Stephanie Gosk, NBC News, 20 July 2022 However, existing charging infrastructure heavily favors metropolitan areas, and a limited quantity of rural and highway-side fast-chargers hinders EV owners' ability to drive cross-country. Sasha Richie, Car and Driver, 14 July 2022 There’s still a lot of work to do to make a sufficient quantity of eleutherobin for further testing, Scesa said. Leto Sapunar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 July 2022 See More

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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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quan·​ti·​ty | \ ˈkwän-tə-tē How to pronounce quantity (audio) \
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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