ordinal number

Also called ordinal numeral. any of the numbers that express degree, quality, or position in a series, as first, second, and third (distinguished from cardinal number ).
Mathematics. a symbol denoting both the cardinal number and the ordering of a given set, being identical for two ordered sets having elements that can be placed into one-to-one correspondence, the correspondence preserving the order of the elements.


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ordinal number
1.  Sometimes shortened to: ordinal a number denoting relative position in a sequence, such as first, second, third
2.  logic, maths a measure of not only the size of a set but also the order of its elements

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ordinal number   (ôr'dn-əl)  Pronunciation Key 
A number, such as 3rd, 11th, or 412th, used in counting to indicate position in a series but not quantity. Compare cardinal number.
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Shows the ordinal number of the current page and the total number of pages in the plot file.
Students may also be asked to determine whether a quantifier should be a cardinal or ordinal number.
Count an ordered set of objects, using the ordinal number words first through twentieth.
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