quantity

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin quantitas (quantity), from quantus (how much).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Canada) IPA(key): /ˈkʍɑndədi/, /ˈkʍɑnɾəɾi/
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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkwɒn.tɪ.ti/
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Noun[edit]

quantity (plural quantities)

  1. A fundamental, generic term used when referring to the measurement (count, amount) of a scalar, vector, number of items or to some other way of denominating the value of a collection or group of items.
    You have to choose between quantity and quality.
  2. An indefinite amount of something.
    Some soap making oils are best as base oils, used in a larger quantity in the soap, while other oils are best added in a small quantity.
    Olive oil can be used practically in any quantity.
  3. A specific measured amount.
    This bag would normally costs $497.50 for a quantity of 250, at a price of $1.99 per piece.
    Generally it should not be used in a quantity larger than 15 percent.
  4. A considerable measure or amount.
    The Boeing P-26A was the first all-metal monoplane fighter produced in quantity for the U.S. Army Air Corps.
  5. (metrology) Property of a phenomenon, body, or substance, where the property has a magnitude that can be expressed as number and a reference.
  6. (mathematics) Indicates that the entire preceding expression is henceforth considered a single object.
    x plus y quantity squared equals x squared plus 2xy plus y squared.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In mathematics, used to unambiguously orate mathematical equations; it is extremely rare in print, since there is no need for it there.

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Quotations[edit]

  • 2006, Jerome E. Kaufmann and Karen Schwitters, Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: A Combined Approach, p 89
    For problems 58-67, translate each word phrase into an algebraic expression.
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    65. x plus 9, the quantity squared
  • 2005, R. Mark Sirkin, Statistics For The Social Sciences, p137
    The second, (\sum x)^2, read "summation of x, quantity squared," tells us to first add up all the xs to get \sum x and then square \sum x to get (\sum x)^2.
  • 1985, Serge Lang, Math!: Encounters with High School Students, p54
    ANN. ra quantity cubed.
    SERGE LANG. That's right, (ra)^3.

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