from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A symbol or mark used to represent a number.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or representing numbers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to number; consisting of numbers.
  • Expressing number; representing number: as, numeral letters or characters, such as V or 5 for five.
  • Synonyms Numeral, Numerical. Numeral is more concrete than numerical: as, numeral adjectives or letters; numerical value, difference, equality, or equations.
  • noun One of the series of words used in counting; a cardinal number.
  • noun A figure or character used to express a number: as, the Arabic numerals, 1, 2, 3, etc., or the Roman numerals, I, V, X, L, C, D, M.
  • noun In grammar, a word expressing a number or some relation of a number.
  • noun In musical notation:
  • noun An Arabic or Roman figure indicating a tone of the scale, as 1 for the tonic or do, 2 for re, 3 for mi, etc.
  • noun One of the figures used in thorough-bass, by which the constitution of a chord is indicated with reference to the bass tone or to the key-chord.
  • noun In the Anglo-Saxon Ch., a calendar or directory telling the variations in the canonical hours and the mass caused by saints' days and festivals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to number; consisting of number or numerals.
  • adjective Expressing number; representing number.
  • noun A figure or character used to express a number
  • noun A word expressing a number.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A symbol that is not a word and represents a number, such as the Arabic numerals 1, 2, 3 and the Roman numerals I, V, X, L.
  • noun linguistics A word or symbol representing a number.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to or denoting numbers
  • noun a symbol used to represent a number


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Middle English, of number, from Late Latin numerālis, from Latin numerus, number; see number.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French numeral, from Latin numerālis ("pertaining to a number"), from numerus ("a number").


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