1A figure regarded as significant in a particular context.
- Wallace figured the magic number was about 40,000 responses.
- ‘Eighteen holes isn't a magic number for the average golfer,’ notes Orender.
- One man from Dublin, who wished to remain anonymous, instantly knew he had the ticket with the magic numbers 4, 6, 18, 31, 39, 42.
1.1 Baseball The number which, at a given stage in the season, signifies the combination of wins for the first-placed team and defeats for the second-placed team which will assure the former of finishing the season in first place in its division: Boston’s magic number remained two as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays last night
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- The Cardinals have won only three of eight, but reduced their magic number for clinching the division to four.
- Chicago's lead in the AL Central dropped to two games over idle Cleveland and its magic number remained at five to clinch the division.
- With eight straight wins under their belt, they woke up this Sunday having opened a 5.5 game lead on the Sox, and their magic number for winning the AL East is down to 10.
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