# 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 of whole number
1550-1560
1550-60
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Historical Examples
• Construct a subtracting magic square with the first sixteen whole numbers that shall be "associated" by subtraction.

Henry Ernest Dudeney
• After this a thorough drill in the four arithmetical operations with whole numbers—old and new exercises.

David Allen Anderson
• The fractions may not agree, but the whole numbers are the same.

John Burroughs
• The census is not yet completed, but, from what we hear, we may expect our whole numbers will be nearer four than three millions.

• Readiness in the four mathematical operations in whole numbers, decimal numbers, and simple fractions, written and oral.

David Allen Anderson
• The above definitions of logarithms, &c., relate to cases in which n and p are whole numbers, and are generalized later.

• Meyer had prepared me for the coming storm, when Beethoven should hear of leaving out three whole numbers of the first act.

Alexander Wheelock Thayer
• The 6.3 may also be read directly by using the upper row of figures for the whole numbers, counting the tenths to the left.

Thomas M. St. John
• Experiment alone can tell us the values of m and n; all that the theory tells us is that they are whole numbers.

• This generall way of measuring a triangle is most easie and speedy, where the sides are expressed by whole numbers.

Peter Ramus
British Dictionary definitions for whole numbers

## whole number

noun
1.
an integer
2.
a natural number
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whole numbers in Science
 whole number   A member of the set of positive integers and zero.A positive integer.An integer.
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whole numbers in Culture

### 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).
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition