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Friday, June 22, 2012

subitize

\SOO-bi-tahyz\ , verb;
1.
To perceive at a glance the number of items presented.
Quotes:
Below seven the subjects were said to subitize; above seven they were said to estimate.
-- H. Gutfreund and G. Toulouse, Biology and Computation: A Physicist's Choice
I wanted to see if Pedro could subitize, so I asked, “Pedro, how many stars are in the first circle?”
-- Melissa Conklin, It Makes Sense!
Origin:
Subitize comes from the Latin word subitāre which meant "to appear suddenly".
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