# whole number

### noun Mathematics.

Also called counting number. one of the positive integers or zero; any of the numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, …).

(loosely) integer(def 1).

## QUIZZES

#### CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THIS MIDDLE SCHOOL PART OF SPEECH QUIZ!

How well do you know your adjectives from your adverbs? Your preposition from your pronouns? Your interjections from your conjunctions? Let’s put your knowledge of parts of speech to the text!
Note: Many of the following questions will ask you to identify the parts of speech “in order.” That means the first word in all capital letters will correspond to the first option in an answer, and so on.

Question 1 of 10

In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.

## Origin of whole number

First recorded in 1550–60

## Words nearby whole number

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## British Dictionary definitions for whole numbers

whole number

### noun

an integer

a natural number

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## Scientific definitions for whole numbers

whole number

A member of the set of positive integers and zero.

A positive integer.

An integer.

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## Cultural definitions for whole numbers

whole numbers

The set of familiar numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on) sometimes called natural numbers or counting numbers. When they are called counting numbers, zero is not included.

## notes for whole numbers

The whole numbers are also called the positive integers (or the nonnegative integers, if zero is included).

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