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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
Each pair of planets completes their orbits in times that are the ratios of whole numbers, allowing the planets to align and exert a gravitational push and pull on the other during their orbit.
—Chris Impey, Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024
Mathematicians cannot determine whether multiplying pi by itself repeatedly might produce a whole number
By Manon Bischoff
Pi (π) is probably the most famous number in mathematics.
—Manon Bischoff, Scientific American, 24 Jan. 2024
Data in the thousands were rounded to whole numbers while numbers in the millions were rounded to the first decimal point.
—Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2023
In light of the expulsion of the gentleman from New York, Mr. Santos, the whole number of the House is now 434.
—CBS News, 3 Dec. 2023
But as the stylebook notes, a workweek or other labor schedule could be viewed in whole numbers.
—WSJ, 27 Nov. 2023
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For the sieve of Eratosthenes, this estimate depends on how often whole numbers are divisible by 2, or 3, or 5, and so on — comparatively easy information to obtain.
—Erica Klarreich, Quanta Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023
Renaissance mathematicians proved that if the first four circles have a curvature that’s an integer, the curvatures of all the subsequent circles in the packing are guaranteed to be whole numbers.
—Quanta Magazine, 10 Aug. 2023
There's a whole number of experts from all countries around the world participating in this.
—Foreign Affairs, 17 July 2023
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Word History
First Known Use
15th century, in the meaning defined above
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The first known use of whole number was
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“Whole number.” MerriamWebster.com Dictionary, MerriamWebster, https://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/whole%20number. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.
Kids Definition
whole number
noun
: any of the set of nonnegative integers
also
: integer
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