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noun, plural quan·ti·ties.
  1. a particular or indefinite amount of anything: a small quantity of milk; the ocean's vast quantity of fish.
  2. an exact or specified amount or measure: Mix the ingredients in the quantities called for.
  3. a considerable or great amount: to extract ore in quantity.
  4. Mathematics.
    1. the property of magnitude involving comparability with other magnitudes.
    2. something having magnitude, or size, extent, amount, or the like.
    3. magnitude, size, volume, area, or length.
  5. Music. the length or duration of a note.
  6. Logic. the character of a proposition as singular, universal, particular, or mixed, according to the presence or absence of certain kinds of quantifiers.
  7. that amount, degree, etc., in terms of which another is greater or lesser.
  8. Prosody, Phonetics. the relative duration or length of a sound or a syllable, with respect to the time spent in pronouncing it; length.
  9. Law. the nature of an estate as affected by its duration in time.

Origin of quantity

1250–1300; Middle English quantite < Old French < Latin quantitās, equivalent to quant(us) how much + -itās -ity
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noun plural -ties
    1. a specified or definite amount, weight, number, etc
    2. (as modifier)a quantity estimate
  1. the aspect or property of anything that can be measured, weighed, counted, etc
  2. a large or considerable amount
  3. maths an entity having a magnitude that may be denoted by a numerical expression
  4. physics a specified magnitude or amount; the product of a number and a unit
  5. logic the characteristic of a proposition dependent on whether it is a universal or particular statement, considering all or only part of a class
  6. prosody the relative duration of a syllable or the vowel in it

Word Origin for quantity

C14: from Old French quantité, from Latin quantitās extent, amount, from quantus how much


The use of a plural noun after quantity of as in a large quantity of bananas was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable
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Word Origin and History for quantity

early 14c., from Old French quantite, cantite (12c., Modern French quantité) and directly from Latin quantitatem (nominative quantitas) "relative greatness or extent," coined as a loan-translation of Greek posotes (from posos "how great? how much?") from Latin quantus "of what size? how much? how great? what amount?," correlative pronomial adjective, related to qui "who" (see who).

Latin quantitatem also is the source of Italian quantita, Spanish cantidad, Danish and Swedish kvantitet, German quantitat.

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quantity in Science


  1. Something, such as a number or symbol that represents a number, on which a mathematical operation is performed.
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Idioms and Phrases with quantity


see unknown quantity.

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