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whole number

noun, Mathematics
Also called counting number. one of the positive integers or zero; any of the numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, …).
(loosely) integer (def 1).
Origin of whole number
1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for whole number
  • The resulting figure is rounded down to the lowest whole number.
  • Solve the applied problem, in context of money, using the whole number and the fraction.
  • Multiplies two-digit whole number by a whole number.
  • Because this is not a whole number, the months of the year would slowly fall out of sync with the seasons.
  • Use only whole number values for the widths of the rectangles.
  • Hitherto that basis has been the whole number of free persons and three-fifths of all others.
  • Recognize that a whole number is a multiple of each of its factors.
  • If the average of these values is not a whole number, raise it to the next higher whole number.
  • When a fractional measurement is exactly one-half foot, the next larger whole number shall be used.
British Dictionary definitions for whole number

whole number

an integer
a natural number
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whole number in Science
whole number  
  1. A member of the set of positive integers and zero.

  2. A positive integer.

  3. An integer.

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