Dictionary: NUM'BERS – NUM'MU-LITE

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The title of the fourth book of the Pentateuch.

NUMB'ING, ppr. [num'ming.]

Making torpid.

NUM'BLES, n. [Fr. nombles.]

The entrails of a deer. Bailey.

NUMB'NESS, n. [num'ness.]

Torpor that state of a living body in which it has not the power of feeling or motion, as when paralytic or chilled by cold.

NU'MER-A-BLE, a. [L. numerabilis.]

That may be numbered or counted.

NU'MER-AL, a. [Fr.; L. numeralis.]

  1. Pertaining to number; consisting of number. The dependence of a long train of numeral progressions. Locke.
  2. Expressing number; representing number; standing as a substitute for figures; as, numeral letters; as X for 10; L for fifty; C for 100; D for 500; M for 1000.
  3. Expressing numbers; as, numeral characters. The figures we now use to express numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0. They are said to be of Arabian origin; but the Arabians might have received them from India. This is a controverted question.

NU'MER-AL-LY, adv.

According to number; in number.


Belonging to a certain number. A supernumerary canon, when he obtains a prebend, becomes a numerary canon. Ayliffe.

NU'MER-ATE, v.t.

To count or reckon in numbers; to calculate. [But enumerate is generally used.] Lancaster.


Reckoned in numbers; calculated.

NU-MER-A'TION, n. [L. numeratio.]

  1. The act or art of numbering. Numeration is but still the adding of one unit more, and giving to the whole a new name or sign. Locke.
  2. In arithmetic, notation; the art of expressing in characters any number proposed in words, or of expressing in words any number proposed in characters; the act or art of writing or reading numbers. Thus we write 1000, for thousand, and 50, we read fifty.


  1. One that numbers.
  2. In arithmetic, the number in vulgar fractions which shows how many parts of a unit are taken. Thus when a unit is divided into 9 parts, and we take 5, we express it thus, that is, five ninths; 5 being the numerator, and 9 the denominator.

NU-MER'IC, or NU-MER'IC-AL, a. [It. numerico; Fr. numerique; from L. numerus, number.]

  1. Belonging to number; denoting number; consisting in numbers; as, numerical algebra; numerical characters.
  2. Numerical difference, is that by which one individual is distinguished from another. The same numerical body is identically the same.


  1. In numbers; as, parts of a thing numerically expressed.
  2. With respect to number or sameness in number; as, a thing is numerically the same, or numerically different.


One that deals in numbers. [Not used.] Brown.


The state of being numerous. [Not used.] Brown.

NU'MER-OUS, a. [L. numerosus.]

  1. Being many, or consisting of a great number of individuals; as, a numerous army; a numerous body; a numerous people.
  2. Consisting of poetic numbers; melodious; musical. In prose, a style becomes numerous by the alternate disposition or intermixture of long and short syllables, or of long and short words; or by a judicious selection and disposition of smooth flowing words, and by closing the periods with important or well sounding words. Encyc.


In or with great numbers; as, a meeting numerously attended.


  1. The quality of being numerous or many; the quality of consisting of a great number of individuals; as, the numerousness of an army or of an assembly.
  2. The quality of consisting of poetic numbers; melodiousness; musicalness, Encyc.

NU-MIS-MAT'IC, a. [L. numisma, money, coin; Gr. νομισμα, from νομιζω, to suppose, to sanction, from νομος, law or custom.]

Pertaining to money, coin or medals.


The science of coins and medals.


One versed in the knowledge of coins and medals.

NU-MIS-MA-TOL'O-GY, n. [Gr. νομισμα, coin, and λογος, discourse.]

The branch of historical science which treats of coins and medals.

NUM'MU-LAR, a. [L. nummus, a coin.]

Pertaining to coin or money. Dict.

NUM'MU-LITE, n. [L. nummus, money, from its resemblance to coin.]

Fossil remains of a chambered shell of a flattened form, formerly mistaken for money. Ed. Encyc.