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  1. Mathematics. one of the positive or negative numbers 1, 2, 3, etc., or zero.Compare whole number.
  2. a complete entity.
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Origin of integer

1500–10; < Latin: untouched, hence, undivided, whole, equivalent to in- in-3 + -teg- (combining form of tag-, base of tangere to touch) + -er adj. suffix
Related formsnon·in·te·ger, noun

integer vitae

[in-te-ger wee-tahy; English in-ti-jer vahy-tee, vee-tahy]
adjective Latin.
  1. blameless in life; innocent.
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Related Words for integer

sum, total, figure, statistic, member, component, arm, everything, everyone, group, price, character, rate, number, symbol, amount, cost, count, digit, emblem

Examples from the Web for integer

Historical Examples of integer

  • An integer or two would be more useful to maintain the integrity of the House.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 6, May 7, 1870


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


    Elmer W. Cavins

  • In my former book I handled Japan as an integer, avoiding implications.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

  • Korea might just as well be an integer of the Japanese Empire.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

  • Hence, it is of the utmost importance that China remain an integer.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

British Dictionary definitions for integer


  1. 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…
  2. an individual entity or whole unit
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Word Origin for integer

C16: from Latin: untouched, entire, from tangere to touch
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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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

integer in Science


  1. A positive or negative whole number or zero. The numbers 4, -876, and 5,280 are all integers.
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