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whole number

noun, Mathematics.
1.
Also called counting number. one of the positive integers or zero; any of the numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, …).
2.
(loosely) integer (def 1).
Origin of whole number
1550-1560
First recorded in 1550-60
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  • Not one of the whole number appeals by look or gesture, to the pity of the people.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Whatever is the whole number of things, the contacts will be always one less.

    Parmenides Plato
  • Three only, of the whole number, which consisted of not far from 20, sat down.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • In a trial of twenty-eight cows, it proved correct in the whole number.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • Twelve lines, or three fourths of the whole number, are "run-on."

  • "whole number of votes, thirteen," the coxswain read from the paper.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • The whole number of his army must have amounted to not much less than 9,000 men.

  • An integer is a complete or not touched whole; a whole number.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • The whole number of the slain was reckoned at not less than 30,000.

    The Thirty Years War, Complete Friedrich Schiller
British Dictionary definitions for whole number

whole number

noun
1.
an integer
2.
a natural number
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whole number in Science
whole number  
  1. A member of the set of positive integers and zero.

  2. A positive integer.

  3. An integer.


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