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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).

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Origin of whole number

First recorded in 1550–60
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British Dictionary definitions for whole numbers

whole number


noun

an integer
a natural number
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Science 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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Culture 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.

Note

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