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Numbers British & World English

The fourth book of the Bible, relating the experiences of the Israelites in the wilderness after Moses led them out of Egypt

Numbers New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

fourth book of the Old Testament

number British & World English

An arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol, or figure, representing a particular quantity and used in counting and making calculations

by numbers British & World English

Following simple instructions identified or as if identified by numbers

numbers game British & World English

The use or manipulation of statistics or figures, especially in support of an argument

natural numbers British & World English

The positive integers (whole numbers) 1, 2, 3, etc., and sometimes zero as well

amicable numbers British & World English

A pair of numbers, each of which is the sum of the factors of the other (e.g. 220 and 284)

paint-by-numbers British & World English

(Of a child’s picture) marked out in advance into sections which are numbered according to the colour to be used

there's safety in numbers British & World English

Being in a group of people makes you feel more confident or secure about taking action

by numbers in number British & World English

Following simple instructions identified or as if identified by numbers

E-number British & World English

A code number preceded by the letter E, denoting food additives numbered in accordance with EU directives

f-number British & World English

The ratio of the focal length of a camera lens to the diameter of the aperture being used for a particular shot (e.g. f8, indicating that the focal length is eight times the diameter)

back number British & World English

An issue of a periodical earlier than the current one

box number British & World English

A number identifying a private advertisement in a newspaper and functioning as an address for replies

call number British & World English

A mark, especially a number, on the spine of a library book, or listed in the library’s catalog, indicating the book’s location in the library

fax number British & World English

A number assigned to a particular fax machine and used in making connections to it

Mach British & World English

The ratio of the speed of a body to the speed of sound in the surrounding medium. It is often used with a numeral (as Mach 1, Mach 2, etc.) to indicate the speed of sound, twice the speed of sound, etc.

mass number British & World English

The total number of protons and neutrons in a nucleus

numbers pool in numbers game British & World English

A lottery based on the occurrence of unpredictable numbers in the results of races, a lottery, etc.

personal identification number British & World English

A number allocated to an individual and used to validate electronic transactions

renumber British & World English

Change the number or numbers assigned to (something)

wave number British & World English

The number of waves in a unit distance

guide number British & World English

A measure of the power of a flashgun expressed in metres or feet

magic number British & World English

A figure regarded as significant in a particular context

mixed number British & World English

A number consisting of an integer and a proper fraction

plate number British & World English

A serial number in the margin of a plate from which postage stamps are printed

prime number British & World English

A number that is divisible only by itself and 1 (e.g. 2, 3, 5, 7, 11)

whole number British & World English

A number without fractions; an integer

Z in atomic number British & World English

The number of protons in the nucleus of an atom, which is characteristic of a chemical element and determines its place in the periodic table

cardinal number British & World English

A number denoting quantity (one, two, three, etc.), as opposed to an ordinal number (first, second, third, etc.)

cetane number British & World English

A quantity indicating the ignition properties of diesel fuel relative to cetane as a standard

compound number British & World English

A quantity expressed in terms of more than one unit or denomination, such as 5 feet 7 inches or 2 pounds 3 ounces

diploid number British & World English

The number of chromosomes present in the body cells of a diploid organism

flight number British & World English

The identifying number of a timetabled journey by an aircraft

Froude number British & World English

A dimensionless number used in hydrodynamics to indicate how well a particular model works in relation to a real system

golden number British & World English

The number showing a year’s place in the Metonic lunar cycle, used to fix the date of Easter for that year

identity number British & World English

A group of figures used to identify someone or something

Köchel number British & World English

A number given to each of Mozart’s compositions in the complete catalogue of his works compiled by the Austrian scientist L. von Köchel (1800–77) and his successors

lepton number British & World English

A quantum number assigned to subatomic particles that is ±1 for leptons and 0 for other particles and is conserved in all known interactions

license number British & World English

North American term for registration222.

Mersenne number British & World English

A number of the form 2p−1, where p is a prime number. Such a number which is itself prime is also called a Mersenne prime

numbers racket in numbers game British & World English

A lottery based on the occurrence of unpredictable numbers in the results of races, a lottery, etc.


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