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integer

[in-ti-jer]
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noun
  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
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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 Bront

    Frederika Macdonald

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

    The Psychology of Arithmetic

    Edward L. Thorndike

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

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

    William Oughtred

    Florian Cajori

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

    The Psychology of Arithmetic

    Edward L. Thorndike


British Dictionary definitions for integers

integer

noun
  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

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

integers in Science

integer

[ĭntĭ-jər]
  1. A positive or negative whole number or zero. The numbers 4, -876, and 5,280 are all integers.
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integers in Culture

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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