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noun Mathematics.
  1. Also called counting number. one of the positive integers or zero; any of the numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, …).
  2. (loosely) integer(def 1).
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Origin of whole number

First recorded in 1550–60
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  • So also if the difference in length be any whole-number multiple of that fraction.

    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe


British Dictionary definitions for whole number

whole number

noun
  1. an integer
  2. a natural number
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whole number in Science

whole number

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