verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a number representing the size or quality of yarn, especially the number based on the relation of weight to length of the yarn and indicating its degree of coarseness.
- the number of warp and filling threads per square inch in woven material, representing the texture of the fabric.
- a single ionizing reaction registered by an ionization chamber, as in a Geiger counter.
- the indication of the total number of ionizing reactions registered by an ionization chamber in a given period of time.
- Boxing.to declare (a boxer) a loser because of inability to stand up before the referee has counted 10 seconds.
- to exclude: When it comes to mountain climbing, count me out.
- to count and apportion or give out: She counted out four cookies to each child.
- to disqualify (ballots) illegally in counting, in order to control the election.
Origin of count1
Origin of count2
Examples from the Web for count
I do not believe we have a current count of fugitives for publication, but will inquire.
The ad would then count as a coordinated communication and would be subject to strict spending limits.
The euphemism most commonly used by convicts for dying is to “be taken off the count.”
The Cleveland Nine should count themselves lucky that they were returned to full duty after 16 months.The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim|Michael Daly|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even if you count the time I spent prepping for my original Jeopardy!From Socially Isolated Nerd to Jeopardy! Bad Boy: A Thank You Note|Arthur Chu|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Differences with the managers had nothing to do with Count Rumfords departure from London.The Royal Institution|Bence Jones
He's been ill so much and away so much—sometimes people like that just don't seem to 'count' in a family.The Turmoil|Booth Tarkington
I daresay the Count has told you that he would not work any more for us, and you are anxious to arrange the matter?A Cigarette-Maker's Romance|F. Marion Crawford
I do not see how the Count D'Orsay can fail to win your heart.Adle Dubois|Mrs. William T. Savage
Well, there was no doubt that the Count was an uncommonly good fellow—for a Spaniard.Lysbeth|H. Rider Haggard
Word Origin for count
Word Origin for count
mid-14c., from Old French conter "add up," but also "tell a story," from Latin computare (see compute). Related: Counted; counting. Modern French differentiates compter "to count" and conter "to tell," but they are cognates.
title of nobility, c.1300, from Anglo-French counte (Old French conte), from Latin comitem (nominative comes) "companion, attendant," the Roman term for a provincial governor, from com- "with" (see com-) + stem of ire "to go" (see ion). The term was used in Anglo-French to render Old English eorl, but the word was never truly naturalized and mainly was used with reference to foreign titles.
In addition to the idioms beginning with count
- count against
- count down
- count for
- count in
- count noses
- count off
- count on
- count one's chickens before they hatch
- count out
- count to ten
- down for the count
- every minute counts
- out for (the count)
- stand up and be counted