quan·​ti·​ty | \ ˈkwän-tə-tē How to pronounce quantity (audio) \
plural quantities

Definition of quantity

1a : an indefinite amount or number
b : a determinate or estimated amount
c : total amount or number
d : a considerable amount or number often used in plural generous quantities of luck— H. E. Putsch
2a : the aspect in which a thing is measurable in terms of greater, less, or equal or of increasing or decreasing magnitude
b : the subject of a mathematical operation
c : an individual considered with respect to a given situation an unknown quantity … as attorney general— Tom Wicker
3a : duration and intensity of speech sounds as distinct from their individual quality or phonemic character specifically : the relative length or brevity of a prosodic syllable in some languages (such as Greek and Latin)
b : the relative duration or time length of a speech sound or sound sequence
4 : the character of a logical proposition as being universal, particular, or singular

Examples of quantity in a Sentence

The wine is made in small quantities. The boss is worried about quantity as well as quality. The family buys food in quantity.
Recent Examples on the Web Regarding advertising, there are many issues confronting viewers, including the quality, quantity, frequency, duration and relevance of the ads. Blair Currie, Forbes, 16 June 2022 The proliferation of streaming services has led some viewers to wonder if there’s a compromise in prioritizing quantity over quality. Sanya Mansoor, Time, 7 June 2022 This is a scenario when quality beats quantity any day. Christian Anderson (trust'n), Rolling Stone, 7 June 2022 This includes yams, apples, carrots, romaine lettuce, green beans, hay, bananas, and endive making up nine of the top 10 foods the zoo purchases by quantity. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 27 May 2022 The below tables outline the type and quantity of games available for download and/or streaming via the various PlayStation Plus subscription tiers. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 18 May 2022 That long-ago overcrowding detracted from the quality and even quantity of education — as campuses operated year-round with students on staggered schedules that provided 17 fewer days of instruction per year and limited access to advanced classes. Howard Blumestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 To put an end to predatory practices, universities and other research institutions need to find ways to correct the incentives that lead scholars to prioritize publication quantity in the first place. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 14 May 2022 Other than the Hospices de Beaune auction, the wine world’s pre-eminent annual philanthropic sale, these bottles compose the largest quantity and highest value of wines to come directly from château cellars to the auction block for charity. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of quantity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for quantity

Middle English quantite, from Anglo-French quantité, from Latin quantitat-, quantitas, from quantus how much, how large; akin to Latin quam how, as, quando when, qui who — more at who

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“Quantity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantity. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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quan·​ti·​ty | \ ˈkwän-tə-tē How to pronounce quantity (audio) \
plural quantities

Kids Definition of quantity

1 : amount entry 2, number There's a small quantity of fuel left.
2 : a large number or amount quantities of money We buy food in quantity.

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