Also called ordinal numeral. any of the numbers that express degree, quality, or position in a series, as first, second, and third (distinguished from cardinal number).
Mathematics. a symbol denoting both the cardinal number and the ordering of a given set, being identical for two ordered sets having elements that can be placed into one-to-one correspondence, the correspondence preserving the order of the elements.
Why Does September Come From The Word “Seven”?With respect to the calendar, September marks the beginning of the months that signify nothing other than their numerical position in the year.
Origin of ordinal number
First recorded in 1600–10
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British Dictionary definitions for ordinal numbers
a number denoting relative position in a sequence, such as first, second, thirdSometimes shortened to: ordinal
logic maths a measure of not only the size of a set but also the order of its elements
Compare cardinal number
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Science definitions for ordinal numbers
[ ôr′dn-əl ]
A number, such as 3rd, 11th, or 412th, used in counting to indicate position in a series but not quantity. Compare cardinal number.
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Culture definitions for ordinal numbers
Numbers that indicate the order or position of something in a group or set, such as first, second, or fifteenth. (Compare cardinal numbers.)
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