# integer

[in-ti-jer]

- Mathematics. one of the positive or negative numbers 1, 2, 3, etc., or zero.Compare whole number.
- 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. suffixDictionary.com Unabridged
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## Examples from the Web for integers

### Historical Examples

#### I felt he was going again over 'fractions' and the 'integers.'

The Secret of Charlotte BrontFrederika Macdonald

#### It will save more time in the work with integers than was spent in teaching it!

The Psychology of ArithmeticEdward L. Thorndike

#### The integers of language are sentences, and their organs are the parts of speech.

On the Evolution of LanguageJohn Wesley Powell

#### This simplifies the task of “locating a root”; that is, of finding between what integers the root lies.

William OughtredFlorian Cajori

#### Three fourths of all the cases reported were simple one-step computations with integers or United States money.

The Psychology of ArithmeticEdward L. Thorndike

## integer

- 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

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## Word Origin

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

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## Word Origin and History for integers

## integer

### n.

"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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## integer

[ĭn′tĭ-jər]

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

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## integers

[(in-tuh-juhrz)]

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).

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