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     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, routine, turn, bit]
     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, {telephone
     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
        in number"
     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, {add
          up}, come, amount]
     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, enumerate]
     6: place a limit on the number of [syn: keep down]