# numerical

## numerical

[noo-mer-i-kuhl, nyoo-]
1.
of or pertaining 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 pertaining to one's skill at working with numbers, solving mathematical problems, etc.: tests for rating numerical aptitude.
6.
Mathematics, absolute ( def 12 ).
Also, numeric.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin numer(us) number + -ical

numericalness, noun
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 numerical or numeric (njuːˈmɛrɪkəl) —adj 1. of, relating to, or denoting a number or numbers 2. measured or expressed in numbers: numerical value 3. maths a.  Compare literal containing or using constants, coefficients, terms, or elements represented by numbers: 3x² + 4y = 2 is a numerical equation b.  another word for absolute numeric or numeric —adj nu'merically or numeric —adv

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numerical
1620s, from L. numerus "number" + suffix -ical. Perhaps by influence of Fr. numérique "of a number or numbers."
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Example sentences
Ring-tailed lemurs may be primitive detours off the primate line, but they have
impressive numerical abilities.
But they've relied mostly on numerical rankings and have rarely contained
descriptive explanations.
The rating is a numerical measure of the team's strength.
Numerical study of foraging behavior with short and long range movement in
heterogeneous environments.
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