- 1an arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol, or figure, representing a quantity, especially a real one
- 2a quantity or amount
- 3a single issue of a magazine or newspaper
Using number: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "number" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
The number of students in the class is 30.
I have a large number of books to read.
The latest issue of the magazine is number 50.
number Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using number
He did a number on me by selling me a faulty product.
We need to crunch the numbers before making a decision.
I think you're backing the wrong horse with that investment.
Phrases with number
Can I have your phone number?
a unique number assigned for identification purposes
The serial number of the product is printed on the back.
My lucky number is seven.
Origins of number
from Old French 'nombre', from Latin 'numerus'
Summary: number in Brief
The term 'number' [ˈnʌmbər] refers to an arithmetical value that represents a quantity, such as 'The number of students in the class is 30.' It also denotes a single issue of a magazine or newspaper, as in 'The latest issue of the magazine is number 50.' 'Number' extends into phrases like 'phone number,' and idioms like 'do a number on someone,' meaning to deceive or harm. 'Crunch the numbers' means to perform a mathematical calculation, while 'back the wrong horse' means to support something unlikely to succeed.