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Number \Num"ber\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Numbered (n[u^]m"b[~e]rd); p. pr & vb. n. Numbering.] [OE. nombren, noumbren, F. nombrer, fr. L. numerare, numeratum. See Number, n.]

  1. To count; to reckon; to ascertain the units of; to enumerate.

    If a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
    --Gen. xiii. 16.

  2. To reckon as one of a collection or multitude.

    He was numbered with the transgressors.
    --Is. liii. 12.

  3. To give or apply a number or numbers to; to assign the place of in a series by order of number; to designate the place of by a number or numeral; as, to number the houses in a street, or the apartments in a building.

  4. To amount; to equal in number; to contain; to consist of; as, the army numbers fifty thousand.

    Thy tears can not number the dead.

    Numbering machine, a machine for printing consecutive numbers, as on railway tickets, bank bills, etc.

    Syn: To count; enumerate; calculate; tell.


n. 1 A sequence of numbers indicating order or otherwise used for identification. 2 The action of create or assigning such a sequence for identification. 3 The action of counting or ordering with numbers. vb. (present participle of number English)


n. a numbered list [syn: enumeration]

Numbering (computability theory)

In computability theory a numbering is the assignment of natural numbers to a set of objects such as functions, rational numbers, graphs, or words in some language. A numbering can be used to transfer the idea of computability and related concepts, which are originally defined on the natural numbers using computable functions, to these different types of objects.

Common examples of numberings include Gödel numberings in first-order logic and admissible numberings of the set of partial computable functions.

Usage examples of "numbering".

All of these numbers were in base twelve, of course, for since they have six claws on each hand, the Mitchegai naturally developed a duodecimal numbering system.

There were a few women, numbering, perhaps, a sixth part of the whole, who sat together on the hindermost benches.

Omer Ben Melouk, a tribe of Arabs, numbering some five thousand souls, and having maharees and horses.

In 1852 he was made director of the Orpheonists, the male part singers of Paris, numbering many thousands, somewhat answering to the organization of the Tonic Sol-fa in England.

Radical ideologues, faced with Niagara-size flows of polluter money from Coors, Olin, Scaife, and others, set up magazines and newspapers and cultivated a generation of young pundits, writers and propagandists, giving them lucrative sinecures inside right-wing think tanks, now numbering more than 560, from which they bombard the media with carefully honed messages justifying corporate profit-taking.

Larger in scale than any other of his individual works -- numbering nearly half as many lines as The Canterbury Tales contain, without reckoning the two in prose -- the conception of the poem is yet so closely and harmoniously worked out, that all the parts are perfectly balanced, and from first to last scarcely a single line is superfluous or misplaced.

His own class of 1755, numbering twenty-seven, was put under the tutorship of Joseph Mayhew, who taught Latin, and for Adams the four years were a time out of time that passed all too swiftly.

Under his urging, I suppose, the police found that Prudence Vizard was transgressing some city regulation about the assemblage of crowds numbering more than twenty-five people, without a licence, and police appeared at her Angelus services for several days in succession and dispersed them.

I wish, by sight-aligning a reticle and numbering it verbally or by touch if I want other than sequential priority.

Almost unseen in a narrow valley at the foot of the mountain, stand the village and church of Ratlinghope, the centre of a parish numbering about three hundred souls only, but which stretches over miles of mountain country, embracing a portion of the wild mining district of the Stiper Stones.

His own class of 1755, numbering twenty-seven, was put under the tutorship of Joseph Mayhew, who taught Latin, and for Adams the four years were a time out of time that passed all too swiftly.

Besides these there are stray Achinese, Africans, Anamese, Bengalis, Bugis, Dyaks, Manilamen, Siamese, and Singhalese, numbering 174.

Judges, from the highest to the humblest, numbering, as they do, at least 5,000 personages, including Judges of the High Courts, commissioners, recorders, police magistrates, and justices of the peace.

The neighbourhood of San Ildefonso, Province of Bulacan, covers a tenantry numbering about 1,000.

Yet against the force and power of the Incas on foot and united, it appeared that it would be impossible for human force to do what a few Spaniards did, numbering only 180, who at first entered with the Governor Don Francisco Pizarro.