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 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 Ship Specs The following ship specifications are approximates, as the figures have been converted from the metric system to the nearest whole number. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "First Liquid Hydrogen Carrier Sets Sail in Japan," 17 Dec. 2019 So there's a whole number of things happening here. NBC News, "Transcript: Mike Pompeo's State Department," 26 Nov. 2019 Percentages are based on number of respondents to each question and rounded to the nearest whole number. Frank P. Leggio Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Deloitte Cincinnati 100: Growth of local private firm strongest in 36 years, survey shows," 17 Oct. 2019 There is a mathematical proof, Arkani-Hamed observed, that all algebraic numbers can be derived from configurations of a finite whole number of intersecting points and lines. Quanta Magazine, "Visions of Future Physics," 22 Sep. 2015 Correction: On March 6 this article was updated to clarify that the integers, not the whole numbers, are in a sense the original group. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, "New Number Systems Seek Their Lost Primes," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of whole number

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Feb 2020

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“Whole number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole%20number. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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