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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
num•ber /ˈnʌmbɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a mathematical unit used to count or express an amount, quantity, etc.[countable]Six is an even number; one, three, and five are odd numbers.
  2. Mathematics[countable] a numeral or group of numerals;
    a written number.
  3. Pronounsthe total of a group or of a collection of units: [countable]What is the number of people with reserved seats?[uncountable]Rivers are few in number in that state.
  4. an indefinite quantity; several[countable;
    usually singular;
    often: ~ + of]
    I've been there a number of times.
  5. Mathematics[countable] the particular numeral that is given or assigned to an object so as to distinguish it or show its place in a series:a house number; a license number;
    a telephone number.
    [before a numeral]We took the number 113 bus to the station.
  6. numbers, [plural]
      • a considerable amount or quantity;
        many:arrived in large numbers.
      • numerical strength; a greater amount:There is strength in numbers.
      • [the + ~] a lottery in which bets are placed on numbers chosen at random and published or broadcast.
      • [Informal.]the figures representing the actual cost, expense, profit, etc.:The numbers didn't really add up, so the accountant went back over them.
      • arithmetic:Are you any good at numbers?
  7. Music and Dance a tune or arrangement for singing or dancing; a piece of music[countable]The next number they played was "Sunshine of Your Love.''
  8. Music and Dance a certain performance within a show, as a song or dance[countable]Don't miss the number that opens the second act.
  9. Grammar a category of change in the form of a word which indicates whether the word refers to one or to more than one thing, in the distinction between singular and plural[uncountable]In English, number is represented by the ending -s for many nouns in the plural, such as boys, books, clothes, and dolls.
  10. Informal Terms[Informal.]person; individual[countable;
    usually singular]
    The girls think he's a pretty hot number. One of our number is no longer with us;
    Bob died suddenly last week.

  1. to mark with or distinguish by numbers, usually in a series[+ object]He numbered the examples one through ten on the board.
  2. to amount to or reach in number; total: [+ object]Our air force numbers one thousand bombers.[no object]Our army numbers in the thousands.
  3. to consider or include in a number[+ object]I number myself among his friends. He was numbered among their enemies.
  4. to be close to the end of something[+ object; usually: be + ~ed]He knew his hours were numbered after he took three bullets in the chest.
  5. to figure out the amount or quantity of;
    count[+ object]We numbered the days until we could go home again.
    by the numbers: 
      • according to standard procedures.
  1. Idiomsdo a number on, [+ object][Slang.]to defeat or humiliate:Their team did a number on us, beating us 55-0.
  2. Idiomsget or have someone's number, [Informal.]to figure out or understand someone's character, intentions, or any hidden motives or plans they may have:She thinks she's fooling them, but in fact they have her number. She's got my number all right; she knew just what I would do.
  3. Idiomswithout number, of unknown or countless number;
    vast:Stars and galaxies without number fill the universe.

See -num-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
num•ber  (numbər), 
  1. Mathematicsa numeral or group of numerals.
  2. Pronounsthe sum, total, count, or aggregate of a collection of units, or the like:A number of people were hurt in the accident. The number of homeless children in the city has risen alarmingly.
  3. a word or symbol, or a combination of words or symbols, used in counting or in noting a total.
  4. Mathematicsthe particular numeral assigned to an object so as to designate its place in a series:house number; license number.
  5. one of a series of things distinguished by or marked with numerals.
  6. a certain collection, company, or quantity not precisely reckoned, but usually considerable or large:I've gone there a number of times.
  7. the full count of a collection or company.
  8. a collection or company.
  9. a quantity of individuals:Their number was more than 20,000.
  10. numbers: 
      • a considerable amount or quantity; many:Numbers flocked to the city to see the parade.
      • metrical feet;
      • musical periods, measures, or groups of notes.
      • See numbers pool (def. 1).
      • [Informal.]the figures representing the actual cost, expense, profit, etc.:We won't make a decision until we see the numbers.
      • [Obs.]arithmetic.
  11. quantity as composed of units:to increase the number of eligible voters.
  12. numerical strength or superiority; complement:The garrison is not up to its full number.
  13. Music and Dancea tune or arrangement for singing or dancing.
  14. Music and Dancea single or distinct performance within a show, as a song or dance:The comic routine followed the dance number.
  15. Music and Dancea single part of a program made up of a group of similar parts:For her third number she played a nocturne.
  16. any of a collection of poems or songs.
  17. a distinct part of an extended musical work or one in a sequence of compositions.
  18. Poetry, Music and Danceconformity in music or verse to regular beat or measure; rhythm.
  19. Printing, Literaturea single part of a book published in a series of parts.
  20. Printing, Journalisma single issue of a periodical:several numbers of a popular magazine.
  21. Telecommunicationsa code of numerals, letters, or a combination of these assigned to a particular telephone:Did you call the right number?
  22. Grammar[Gram.]a category of noun, verb, or adjective inflection found in many languages, as English, Latin, and Arabic, used to indicate whether a word has one or more than one referent. There may be a two-way distinction in number, as between singular and plural, three-way, as between singular, dual, and plural, or more.
  23. Informal Terms[Informal.]person; individual:the attractive number standing at the bar.
  24. Informal Terms[Informal.]an article of merchandise, esp. of wearing apparel, offered for sale:Put those leather numbers in the display window.
  25. Mathematicsmathematics regarded as a science, a basic concept, and a mode of thought:Number is the basis of science.
  26. by the numbers: 
      • according to standard procedure, rules, customs, etc.; orthodoxly;
        by the book:We're going to run things here by the numbers.
      • together or in unison to a called-out count:calisthenics by the numbers.
    do a number on, [Slang.]
      • to undermine, defeat, humiliate, or criticize thoroughly:The committee really did a number on the mayor's proposal.
      • to discuss or discourse about, esp. in an entertaining way:She could do a number on anything from dentistry to the Bomb.
    do one's number: 
      • to give a performance; perform:It's time for you to get on stage and do your number.
      • [Slang.]to behave in a predictable or customary manner:Whenever I call, he does his number about being too busy to talk.
  27. Informal Terms, Idiomsget or have someone's number, [Informal.]to become informed about someone's real motives, character, intentions, etc.:He was only interested in her fortune, but she got his number fast.
  28. Slang Terms, Idiomshave one's number on it, [Slang.]to be thought of as the instrument of fate in the death of a person:That bullet had his number on it.
  29. one's number is (was, will be) up, [Slang.]
      • one is (was, will be) in serious trouble.
      • one is (was, will be) on the point of death:Convinced that her number was up anyway, she refused to see doctors.
  30. Idiomswithout number, of unknown or countless number; vast:stars without number.

  1. to mark with or distinguish by numbers:Number each of the definitions.
  2. to amount to or comprise in number; total:The manuscript already numbers 425 pages.
  3. to consider or include in a number:I number myself among his friends.
  4. to count over one by one; tell:to number one's blessings.
  5. to mention individually or one by one;
    enumerate:They numbered the highlights of their trip at length.
  6. to set or fix the number of; limit in number;
    make few in number:The sick old man's days are numbered.
  7. to live or have lived (a number of years).
  8. to ascertain the number of;
  9. to apportion or divide:The players were numbered into two teams.

  1. to make a total; reach an amount:Casualties numbered in the thousands.
  2. to be numbered or included (usually fol. by among or with):Several eminent scientists number among his friends.
  3. to count.
Etymology:1250–1300; 1940–45 for def. 23;
(noun, nominal) Middle English, variant of nombre Old French Latin numerus;
(verb, verbal) Middle English nombren Old French nombrer Latin numerāre (derivative of numerus)
number•a•ble, adj. 
number•er, n. 
1 .digit, figure. 2 . Number, sum both imply the total of two or more units. Number applies to the result of a count or estimate in which the units are considered as individuals;
it is used of groups of persons or things:to have a number of items on the agenda.Sum applies to the result of addition, in which only the total is considered:a large sum of money. 20 .copy, edition.
2 .As a collective noun, number, when preceded by a, is most often treated as a plural:A number of legislators have voiced their dissent.When preceded by the, it is usually used as a singular:The number of legislators present was small.See also amount, collective noun. 

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numbers /ˈnʌmbəs/ pl n
  1. informal financial statistics: let's look at last year's numbers

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