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# ordinal number

noun
1.
Also called ordinal numeral. any of the numbers that express degree, quality, or position in a series, as first, second, and third (distinguished from cardinal number).
2.
Mathematics. a symbol denoting both the cardinal number and the ordering of a given set, being identical for two ordered sets having elements that can be placed into one-to-one correspondence, the correspondence preserving the order of the elements.
Origin of ordinal number
1600-1610
1600-10
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Historical Examples
• Eight′fold, eight times any quantity; Eighth, the ordinal number corresponding to eight.

• He was not given the title of king, and no ordinal number followed his name.

Anatole France
• The Latin language often employed the ordinal number instead of the cardinal number.

Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
• Eight′ieth, the ordinal number corresponding to eighty; Eight′y, eight times ten, fourscore.

• Let P be the ordinal number of one of these rings, for example the first counting from the centre.

• The first column of each page contains the ordinal number of the disturbance for purposes of reference.

Miguel Saderra Mas
British Dictionary definitions for ordinal number

## ordinal number

noun
1.
a number denoting relative position in a sequence, such as first, second, third Sometimes shortened to ordinal
2.
(logic, maths) a measure of not only the size of a set but also the order of its elements
Compare cardinal number
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ordinal number in Science
 ordinal number   (ôr'dn-əl)    A number, such as 3rd, 11th, or 412th, used in counting to indicate position in a series but not quantity. Compare cardinal number.
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### Word Value for ordinal

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