noun (plural quantities)[mass noun]
- 1The amount or number of a material or abstract thing not usually estimated by spatial measurement: the quantity and quality of the fruit can be controlledMore example sentences
- The total quantity of materials required to complete the development will be about 1.25 million cubic metres.
- A consensus was reached during the workshop that both the quality and quantity of raw materials were a source of great concern in the leather industry of the Eastern and Southern African region.
- We estimated the total quantity of protein in the gland by using the BioRad color photometric method.
- 1.1 [count noun] A certain, usually specified, amount or number of something: a small quantity of food if taken in large quantities, the drug can result in liver failureMore example sentences
- ‘This operation is not about finding a large quantity of drugs but to reassure the public and take out middle level dealers,’ he said.
- So far, officers have executed 18 search warrants throughout the north and south of the county, seizing a substantial quantity of controlled drugs.
- Drugs, large quantities of cash, weighing scales, clingfilm, mobile phones and several vehicles were seized.
- 1.2 (often quantities) A considerable number or amount of something: she was able to drink quantities of beer without degenerating into giggles [mass noun]: many people like to buy in quantityMore example sentences
an amount, a number, a good number/few, a lot, a large amount, (a) good/great deal; quite a number, scores, many, considerable amounts, plenty; several, numerous, countless, innumerable, ample, copious, abundant, plentiful, considerable, substantial• informal a pile, piles, oodles, tons, lots, loads, heaps, masses, stacks, scads, bags, more … than one can shake a stick atNorth American • informal gobs• vulgar slang a shitload
- Locally, some traders have bought quantities of genuine Livestrong bands and are selling them on at a profit.
- The fatal fraud was the result of his action in buying quantities of shares in a distilling firm in an effort to shore up the share price.
- Mass quantities of Harlequin Valentine ship today from Dark Horse, just in time for Valentine's Day.
- 2 Phonetics The perceived length of a vowel sound or syllable.More example sentences
- In speech, this feature is reflected in phonological quantity.
- In phonetics, the sense of movement in speech consists of the stress, quantity, and timing of syllables.
- This study investigates the realisation of phonological quantity in the dialects of Modern Swedish, based on a corpus containing recordings from 86 locations in Sweden and the Swedish-speaking parts of Finland.
- 3 Mathematics & Physics A value or component that may be expressed in numbers.More example sentences
- Another important quantity is the clustering coefficient C of a vertex.
- Those ratios are the same for both quantity and value.
- De triangulis is in five books, the first of which gives the basic definitions: quantity, ratio, equality, circles, arcs, chords, and the sine function.
- 3.1 [count noun] The figure or symbol representing a quantity.More example sentences
- The heat absorbed or released in a reaction depends on a quantity called enthalpy, represented by the capital letter H.
- The quantity w represents the average fitness of the population at equilibrium.
- An ellipse is a flattened circle, and the degree of flatness is indicated by a numerical quantity called eccentricity, abbreviated e.
Middle English: from Old French quantite, from Latin quantitas (translating Greek posotēs), from quantus 'how great, how much'.