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 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 Los Angeles, for example, takes the average change in the CPI for a recent 12-month period, then rounds to the nearest whole number to get the annual cap for the fiscal year, which can be no lower than 3%. Andrew Khouri, latimes.com, "Rents on controlled apartments in Los Angeles can now rise 4%. Blame inflation," 3 July 2019 Sometimes solutions are easy, as with k = 29; other times, a solution is known not to exist, as with all whole numbers that leave behind a remainder of 4 or 5 when divided by 9, such as the number 32. Quanta Magazine, "Sum-of-Three-Cubes Problem Solved for ‘Stubborn’ Number 33," 26 Mar. 2019 With Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Eder Militao, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy already joining this summer for a total transfer fee outlay at around €300m, a whole number of Los Blancos stars could still leave the Spanish capital. SI.com, "Report: AC Milan Enquires About Real Madrid's Luka Modric," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of whole number

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Dec 2019

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“Whole number.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole%20number. Accessed 17 January 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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