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integer

[in-ti-jer] /ˈɪn tɪ dʒər/
noun
1.
Mathematics. one of the positive or negative numbers 1, 2, 3, etc., or zero.
Compare whole number.
2.
a complete entity.
Synonyms: integral, whole.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Latin: untouched, hence, undivided, whole, equivalent to in- in-3 + -teg- (combining form of tag-, base of tangere to touch) + -er adj. suffix
Related forms
noninteger, noun
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Examples from the web for integers
  • Factor in the margin of error and he's in negative integers.
  • Zeroes are good because they don't affect the rest of us who are integers one way of the other.
  • Most current public key cryptography is based on the difficulty of factoring integers.
  • Another amusing text formatter incident involved the use of floats instead of integers.
  • Plot ordered pairs of integers and use ordered pairs of integers to identify points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane.
  • Add with negative integers, subtract positive integers from negative integers, and verify the reasonableness of the results.
  • So addition of integers can be used to simplify our description of the result of a string of moves.
  • Let warm color represent positive integers and cool represent negative integers.
British Dictionary definitions for integers

integer

/ˈɪntɪdʒə/
noun
1.
any rational number that can be expressed as the sum or difference of a finite number of units, being a member of the set …–3, –2, –1, 0, 1, 2, 3…
2.
an individual entity or whole unit
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: untouched, entire, from tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for integers

integer

n.

"a whole number" (opposed to fraction), 1570s, from Latin integer (adj.) "whole, complete," figuratively, "untainted, upright," literally "untouched," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + root of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). The word was used earlier in English as an adjective meaning "whole, entire" (c.1500).

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integers in Science
integer
  (ĭn'tĭ-jər)   
A positive or negative whole number or zero. The numbers 4, -876, and 5,280 are all integers.
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integers in Culture
integers [(in-tuh-juhrz)]

The whole numbers, plus their counterparts less than zero, and zero. The negative integers are those less than zero (–1, –2, –3, and so on); the positive integers are those greater than zero (1, 2, 3, and so on).

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