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natural number

noun

  1. a positive integer or zero.


natural number

noun

  1. any of the numbers 0,1,2,3,4,… that can be used to count the members of a set; the non-negative integers


natural number

  1. A positive integer.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of natural number1

First recorded in 1755–65

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Example Sentences

Claiming that physics is finished is akin to arguing that mathematics ended after the introduction of natural numbers and basic arithmetic, or that chemistry was over with the advent of the periodic table.

Half the product of the two might, perhaps, seem to be a natural number to adopt for symbolic purposes.

The latter never exceed four joints, which seems the most natural number; and the former are limited to three.

When the savage has finished his count of the fingers of a single hand, he has reached this natural number base.

The most natural number is four, for this obtains in the majority.

This is the most universal, and may be called the natural number of these joints.

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