n 1: the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite
quantity of units or individuals; "he had a number of
chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the
figure was about a thousand" [syn: figure
2: a concept of quantity derived from zero and units; "every
number has a unique position in the sequence"
3: a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer
program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she
had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best
numbers he ever did" [syn: act
4: a numeral or string of numerals that is used for
identification; "she refused to give them her Social
Security number" [syn: identification number
5: the number is used in calling a particular telephone; "he
has an unlisted number" [syn: phone number
6: a symbol used to represent a number; "he learned to write
the numerals before he went to school" [syn: numeral
7: one of a series published periodically; "she found an old
issue of the magazine in her dentist's waitingroom" [syn:
8: a select company of people; "I hope to become one of their
number before I die"
9: (linguistics) the grammatical category for the forms of
nouns and pronouns and verbs that are used depending on
the number of entities involved (singular or dual or
plural); "in English the subject and the verb must agree
10: an item of merchandise offered for sale; "she preferred the
black nylon number"; "this sweater is an all-wool number"
11: (informal) a clothing measurement: "a number 13 shoe"
v 1: add up in number or quantity; "The bills amounted to
$2,000"; "The bill came to $2,000" [syn: total
2: give numbers to; "You should number the pages of the thesis"
3: enumerate; "We must number the names of the great
mathematicians" [syn: list
4: put into a group; "The academy counts several Nobel Prize
winners among its members" [syn: count
5: determine the number or amount of; "Can you count the books
on your shelf?"; "Count your change" [syn: count
6: place a limit on the number of [syn: keep down