whole number


Definition of whole number

: any of the set of nonnegative integers also : integer

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Examples of whole number in a Sentence

since percentages have been rounded off to whole numbers, the total will not be exactly equal to 100%
Recent Examples on the Web The whole number was like three and a half minutes. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, 16 Sep. 2021 However, the smallest whole number that satisfies these individual congruences is 23. Quanta Magazine, 14 Sep. 2021 Each whole number increase — from, say, 3 to 4, or 6 to 7 — is a tenfold increase in amplitude. Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Because the scale is logarithmically based, each whole number increase in magnitude represents a tenfold increase. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 1 May 2021 Fractions are a difficult transition from whole number knowledge. Jonathan Wai, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 20 Nov. 2020 The 10% would be rounded up to the next whole number. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, 21 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of whole number

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Whole number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole%20number. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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

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