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whole number

noun, Mathematics.
Also called counting number. one of the positive integers or zero; any of the numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, …).
(loosely) integer (def 1).
Origin of whole number
First recorded in 1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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

an integer
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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