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# ordinal number

## noun

- Also called
**ordinal numeral.**any of the numbers that express degree, quality, or position in a series, as*first, second,*and*third*( 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.

ordinal number

## noun

- a number denoting relative position in a sequence, such as
*first, second, third*Sometimes shortened toordinal - logic maths a measure of not only the size of a set but also the order of its elements

ordinal number

/ 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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## Word History and Origins

Origin of ordinal number^{1}

First recorded in 1600–10

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## Example Sentences

The first column of each page contains the ordinal number of the disturbance for purposes of reference.

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The Latin language often employed the ordinal number instead of the cardinal number.

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Let P be the ordinal number of one of these rings, for example the first counting from the centre.

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Eight′fold, eight times any quantity; Eighth, the ordinal number corresponding to eight.

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Eight′ieth, the ordinal number corresponding to eighty; Eight′y, eight times ten, fourscore.

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