- Mathematics. one of the positive or negative numbers 1, 2, 3, etc., or zero.Compare whole number.
- a complete entity.
Origin of integer
- blameless in life; innocent.
Examples from the Web for integer
An integer or two would be more useful to maintain the integrity of the House.
An integer is a complete or not touched whole; a whole number.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
In my former book I handled Japan as an integer, avoiding implications.
Korea might just as well be an integer of the Japanese Empire.
Hence, it is of the utmost importance that China remain an integer.
- any rational number that can be expressed as the sum or difference of a finite number of units, being a member of the set …–3, –2, –1, 0, 1, 2, 3…
- an individual entity or whole unit
Word Origin and History for integer
"a whole number" (opposed to fraction), 1570s, from Latin integer (adj.) "whole, complete," figuratively, "untainted, upright," literally "untouched," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + root of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). The word was used earlier in English as an adjective meaning "whole, entire" (c.1500).
- A positive or negative whole number or zero. The numbers 4, -876, and 5,280 are all integers.