whole numbers

whole number

noun Mathematics.
1.
Also called counting number. one of the positive integers or zero; any of the numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, …).
2.
(loosely) integer ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1550–60

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whole number
 
n
1.  an integer
2.  a natural number

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whole number  
  1. A member of the set of positive integers and zero.

  2. A positive integer.

  3. An integer.


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whole numbers definition


The set of familiar numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on) sometimes called natural numbers or counting numbers. When they are called counting numbers, zero is not included.

Note: The whole numbers are also called the positive integers (or the nonnegative integers, if zero is included).
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