whole number

noun
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of whole number

: any of the set of nonnegative integers; also : integer

Examples of whole number in a Sentence

  1. since percentages have been rounded off to whole numbers, the total will not be exactly equal to 100%

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First Known Use of whole number

15th century

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whole number Synonyms

Related Words

decimal, fraction;

cipher;

symbol;

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WHOLE NUMBER Defined for English Language Learners

whole number

Definition of whole number for English Language Learners

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


WHOLE NUMBER Defined for Kids

whole number

noun

Definition of whole number for Students

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


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