quantity


quantity
quantity [kwänt′ə tē]
n.
pl. quantities [ME quantite < OFr < L quantitas < quantus, how great < quam, how, how much < IE interrogative base * kwo- > WHO, WHAT]
1. an amount; portion
2. any indeterminate bulk, weight, or number
3. the exact amount of a particular thing
4. [also pl.] a great amount or number [to buy a commodity in quantity]
5. that property of anything which can be determined by measurement
6. Logic that characteristic of a proposition according to which it is classified as universal or particular
7. Math.
a) a thing that has the property of being measurable in dimensions, amounts, etc. or in extensions of these which can be expressed in numbers or symbols
b) a number or symbol expressing a mathematical quantity
8. Phonet. Prosody the relative length, or duration, of a vowel, continuant consonant, or syllable

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