# numerical

### or numeric

[noo-mer-i-kuh l, nyoo-] /nuˈmɛr ɪ kəl, nyu-/
1.
of or relating to numbers; of the nature of a number.
2.
indicating a number:
numerical symbols.
3.
bearing or designated by a number.
4.
expressed by numbers instead of letters:
numerical cryptography; numerical equations.
5.
of or relating to one's skill at working with numbers, solving mathematical problems, etc.:
tests for rating numerical aptitude.
6.
Mathematics. absolute (def 12).
Origin of numerical
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin numer(us) number + -ical
Related forms
numericalness, noun
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• numeric notes refer to the extensive Notes section of the text.

Justin H. Smith
• numeric references within the text refer to the bibliography.

William Salant
• Most valuable information respecting the chronology and numeric systems of the Egyptians has been derived from them.

L. W. Yaggy
• Footnotes with numeric tags are located near the end of the work.

Henry Hawkes Spink Jr.
• Raised dots were replaced with decimal points in numeric notations.

Nelson Annandale
British Dictionary definitions for numeric

## numerical

/njuːˈmɛrɪkəl/
1.
of, relating to, or denoting a number or numbers
2.
measured or expressed in numbers: numerical value
3.
(maths)
1. containing or using constants, coefficients, terms, or elements represented by numbers: 3x² + 4y = 2 is a numerical equation Compare literal (sense 6)
2. another word for absolute (sense 11a)
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Word Origin and History for numeric

## numerical

1620s, from Latin numerus "a number" (see number (n.)) + suffix -ical. Perhaps by influence of French numérique "of a number or numbers." Related: Numerically.

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### Word Value for numeric

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