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).

Nearby words

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  2. whole new ballgame, a,
  3. whole nine yards,
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  5. whole note,
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  7. whole rest,
  8. whole shebang,
  9. whole sister,
  10. whole snipe

Origin of whole number

First recorded in 1550–60

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British Dictionary definitions for whole number

whole number

noun

an integer
a natural number
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Science definitions for whole number

whole number

A member of the set of positive integers and zero.
A positive integer.
An integer.
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