(Num"ber*ful) a. Numerous. [Obs.]
(Num"ber*less), a. Innumerable; countless.
(Num"ber*ous) a. Numerous. [Obs.] Drant.
(Num"bers) n. pl. of Number. The fourth book of the Pentateuch, containing the census of
(Numb"fish`) n. (Zoöl.) The torpedo, which numbs by the electric shocks which it gives.
(Num"bless) n. pl. See Nombles.
(Numb"ness) n. The condition of being numb; that state of a living body in which it loses,
wholly or in part, the power of feeling or motion.
(Nu"mer*a*ble) a. [L. numerabilis. See Number, v. t.] Capable of being numbered or
(Nu"mer*al) a. [L. numeralis, fr. numerus number: cf. F. numéral. See Number, n.]
1. Of or pertaining to number; consisting of number or numerals.
A long train of numeral progressions.Locke.
2. Expressing number; representing number; as, numeral letters or characters, as X or 10 for ten.
1. A figure or character used to express a number; as, the Arabic numerals, 1, 2, 3, etc.; the Roman
numerals, I, V, X, L, etc.
2. A word expressing a number.
(Nu"mer*al*ly), adv. According to number; in number; numerically.
(Nu"mer*a*ry) a. [LL. numerarius: cf. F. numéraire.] Belonging to a certain number; counting
as one of a collection or body.
A supernumerary canon, when he obtains a prebend, becomes a numerary canon.Ayliffe.
(Nu"mer*ate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Numerated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Numerating ] [L. numeratus,
p. p. of numerare to count. See Number, v.] (Arith.) To divide off and read according to the rules of
numeration; as, to numerate a row of figures.
(Nu`mer*a"tion) n. [L. numeratio a counting out: cf. F. numération.]
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. The act or art of reading numbers when expressed by means of numerals. The term is almost exclusively
applied to the art of reading numbers written in the scale of tens, by the Arabic method. Davies & Peck.
For convenience in reading, numbers are usually separated by commas into periods of three figures
each, as 1,155,465. According to what is called the "English" system, the billion is a million of millions, a
trillion a million of billions, and each higher denomination is a million times the one preceding. According