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Count \Count\ (kount), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Counted; p. pr. & vb. n. Counting.] [OF. conter, and later (etymological spelling) compter, in modern French thus distinguished; conter to relate (cf. Recount, Account), compter to count; fr. L. computuare to reckon, compute; com- + putare to reckon, settle, order, prune, orig., to clean. See Pure, and cf. Compute.]

  1. To tell or name one by one, or by groups, for the purpose of ascertaining the whole number of units in a collection; to number; to enumerate; to compute; to reckon.

    Who can count the dust of Jacob?
    --Num. xxiii. 10.

    In a journey of forty miles, Avaux counted only three miserable cabins.

  2. To place to an account; to ascribe or impute; to consider or esteem as belonging.

    Abracham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
    --Rom. iv.

  3. 3. To esteem; to account; to reckon; to think, judge, or consider. I count myself in nothing else so happy As in a soul remembering my good friends. --Shak. To count out.

    1. To exclude (one) from consideration; to be assured that (one) will not participate or cannot be depended upon.

    2. (House of Commons) To declare adjourned, as a sitting of the House, when it is ascertained that a quorum is not present.

    3. To prevent the accession of (a person) to office, by a fraudulent return or count of the votes cast; -- said of a candidate really elected. [Colloq.]

      Syn: To calculate; number; reckon; compute; enumerate. See Calculate.


n. A count; the act by which something is counted. vb. (present participle of count English)


n. the act of counting; "the counting continued for several hours" [syn: count, numeration, enumeration, reckoning, tally]


Counting is the action of finding the number of elements of a finite set of objects. The traditional way of counting consists of continually increasing a (mental or spoken) counter by a unit for every element of the set, in some order, while marking (or displacing) those elements to avoid visiting the same element more than once, until no unmarked elements are left; if the counter was set to one after the first object, the value after visiting the final object gives the desired number of elements. The related term enumeration refers to uniquely identifying the elements of a finite (combinatorial) set or infinite set by assigning a number to each element.

Counting sometimes involves numbers other than one; for example, when counting money, counting out change, "counting by twos" (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, ...), or "counting by fives" (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, ...).

There is archeological evidence suggesting that humans have been counting for at least 50,000 years. Counting was primarily used by ancient cultures to keep track of social and economic data such as number of group members, prey animals, property, or debts (i.e., accountancy). The development of counting led to the development of mathematical notation, numeral systems, and writing.

Counting (music)

In music, counting is a system of regularly occurring sounds that serve to assist with the performance or audition of music by allowing the easy identification of the beat. Commonly, this involves verbally counting the beats in each measure as they occur. In addition to helping to normalize the time taken up by each beat, counting allows easier identification of the beats that are stressed. Counting is most commonly used with rhythm and form and often involves subdivision.

Usage examples of "counting".

Counting ten days more we reach 11 Ahau, the last day of the line given above.

All the other clerks in the chamber peered awestricken over their counting desks at what must have been a first-ever occurrence.

So Longarm was counting flies on some horse apples by what might have been a kiva, filled in and almost totally erased by the rare floodwaters of many a year, when the famous badman Poison Welles came over to join him, holding a fresh but empty tin can.

Highway Patrolmen, Governor Barnett could now field more than 1,000 armed men, not counting local police and civilian volunteers.

So, counting the days until Beauvais would return, he plunged into his work.

His exit guide listed only two such facilities on or near the Beltway, not counting trucking terminals.

Pechenegs and Bogomils in numbers beyond counting, tribe upon tribe, whole barbarian nations rising to the slaughter of the empire.

Indian astronomers realized that they could record the number of counters in each column of the counting board using their Brahmi numerals.

Dr Ramis pulled out his watch, a beautiful Breguet with a centre seconds hand, and they both sat gravely counting.

Andrew was still counting upon a telephone call from Jerry Bodwin, to bring the announcement that Fanchon Callier had returned.

Though Lydia had always remained mute about his reasons for calling, Alistair had usually left counting his new assets or else striding irately out berating her so-called closefisted stinginess, which he had done at the conclusion of his last visit.

And second, by not saying anything about the equal-protection clauseindeed, by explicitly denying review of the Bush claim that a manual recount employing different standards for counting questionable ballots denied him equal protection the per curiam implied that the justices did not think that the use of such different standards created an equal-protection problem.

Which was probably what genie-man had been counting on, her defenselessness and isolation.

His most anxious works, though, prefer the denumerably infinite -- that is, the prospect of counting forever, meeting infinity by exhaustion.

Beneath this was the statement: A denumerably infinite set is one that can be put in a 1-1 correspondence with the set of counting numbers.