cardinal number or cardinal numeral | |
—n | |
1. | Sometimes shortened to: cardinal a number denoting quantity but not order in a set |
2. | maths, logic |
a. Compare natural number a measure of the size of a set that does not take account of the order of its members | |
b. a particular number having this function | |
cardinal numeral or cardinal numeral | |
—n |
cardinal number (kär'dn-əl) Pronunciation Key
A number, such as 3, 11, or 412, used in counting to indicate quantity but not order. Compare ordinal number. |
Numbers that indicate the quantity of things in a group or set, but not the order or arrangement of those things. One, two, and one thousand are cardinal numbers. (Compare ordinal numbers.)