- Mathematics. one of the positive or negative numbers 1, 2, 3, etc., or zero.Compare whole number.
- a complete entity.
Origin of integer
Examples from the Web for integers
I felt he was going again over 'fractions' and the 'integers.'The Secret of Charlotte Bront
It will save more time in the work with integers than was spent in teaching it!
The integers of language are sentences, and their organs are the parts of speech.On the Evolution of Language
John Wesley Powell
This simplifies the task of “locating a root”; that is, of finding between what integers the root lies.William Oughtred
Three fourths of all the cases reported were simple one-step computations with integers or United States money.
- 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 integers
"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.
The whole numbers, plus their counterparts less than zero, and zero. The negative integers are those less than zero (–1, –2, –3, and so on); the positive integers are those greater than zero (1, 2, 3, and so on).