# integers

## integer

[in-ti-jer]
noun
1.
Mathematics. one of the positive or negative numbers 1, 2, 3, etc., or zero. Compare whole number.
2.
a complete entity. integral, whole.

Origin:
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

noninteger, noun
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 integer (ˈɪntɪdʒə) —n 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 [C16: from Latin: untouched, entire, from tangere to touch]

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integer
1508, "whole, entire" (adj.), from L. integer "whole," lit. "intact, untouched," from in- "not" + root of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Noun meaning "a whole number" (opposed to fraction) first recorded 1571.
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 integer   (ĭn'tĭ-jər)  Pronunciation Key  A positive or negative whole number or zero. The numbers 4, -876, and 5,280 are all integers.
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Cultural Dictionary
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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Example sentences
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.
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