whole number


Definition of whole number

: any of the set of nonnegative integers also : integer

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since percentages have been rounded off to whole numbers, the total will not be exactly equal to 100%
Recent Examples on the Web Havens’s problem is an example of Pell’s equation, which is an equation of the form x2−Ny2=1 where N is a whole number that is not a square. Evelyn Lamb, Popular Mechanics, "A Self-Taught Math Genius Wrote This Riddle While Serving Time in Prison. Can You Solve It?," 23 Feb. 2021 Typically, updates with two decimal points in the number are minor bug fix updates, those with just one decimal point are small feature updates, and those with just a whole number (like iOS 14) are annual major releases. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple pushes out iOS 14.2.1, and it’s mostly bug fixes," 20 Nov. 2020 The 10% would be rounded up to the next whole number. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Virtual participation in public meetings recommended by Virginia FOIA advisory council subcommittee," 21 Oct. 2020 Currently, mathematicians lack an all-purpose method for determining whether a whole number has an odd or even number of prime factors. Quanta Magazine, "In Mathematics, It Often Takes a Good Map to Find Answers," 1 June 2020 Legal model years are whole numbers, though automakers and owners sometimes use half-years referring to vehicles that went on sale before a model year’s traditional September start. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ford Mustang at 56: Even the bad one was pretty good," 17 Apr. 2020 In all but the smallest precincts, the rules state that the viability threshold is determined by multiplying the number of voters by 0.15 and rounding up to the nearest whole number. NBC News, "NBC News review of Iowa caucus vote finds potential errors, inconsistencies," 7 Feb. 2020 But workers who are freelance, on temporary contracts, or in part-time employment register in the headcount as less than a whole number. The Economist, "Bartleby How modern workers are at the mercy of ratings," 6 Feb. 2020 Lively featured a whole number of Elle's designs, along with some very covetable jewelry—and lo and behold, a couple of them are direct tributes/plugs/shoutouts to her husband Ryan Reynolds and all his work. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively's Nail Polish Design Is a Subtle Plug for Ryan Reynolds' Aviation Gin," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of whole number

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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4 Mar 2021

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“Whole number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole%20number. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whole number

mathematics : a number (such as 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.) that is not a negative and is not a fraction

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Kids Definition of whole number

: a number that is zero or any of the natural numbers

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