[noo-muh-rey-shuh n, nyoo-]


an act or instance of or the process or result of numbering or counting.
the process or a method of reckoning or calculating.
the act, art, or method of expressing or reading off numbers set down in numerals, especially those written decimally.

Origin of numeration

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin numerātiōn- (stem of numerātiō) a counting out, paying, equivalent to numerāt(us) numerate + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnu·mer·a·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for numeration

Historical Examples of numeration

  • Nor did any other ancient people carry the numeration as far as did the Hindus.

    The Hindu-Arabic Numerals

    David Eugene Smith

  • Above forty, three different methods can be used to continue the numeration.

  • By their aid another method of numeration was in vogue for counting time.

  • Unfortunately the numeration of the sculpture in the Louvre is in a most chaotic state.

  • The extent to which the numeration is carried is a matter of more importance.


    Robert Gordon Latham

British Dictionary definitions for numeration



the act or process of writing, reading, or naming numbers
a system of numbering or counting
Derived Formsnumerative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for numeration

mid-15c., from Latin numerationem (nominative numeratio), noun of action from past participle stem of numerare "to count, number," from numerus "number" (see number (n.)).

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