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Meaning of QUANTITY

Pronunciation:  'kwântitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  how much there is of something that you can measure
  2. [n]  an adequate or large amount; "he had a quantity of ammunition"
  3. [n]  something that has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable

QUANTITY is a 8 letter word that starts with Q.


 Synonyms: amount, measure, quantum
 See Also: abstraction, abundance, amount, amount, binomial, chance, concept, conception, constant, constant quantity, construct, copiousness, cordage, definite quantity, economic value, fundamental measure, fundamental quantity, indefinite quantity, interval, linear measure, long measure, magnetisation, magnetization, mathematical product, numerical quantity, octane number, octane rating, operand, parameter, period of play, play, playing period, probability, product, proof, proportional, quantum, relative quantity, sum, system of measurement, teemingness, term, time interval, time unit, total, unit of time, value, variable, variable quantity, volume



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Quan"ti*ty\, v. t. [L. quantus now much + -fy.]
    To modify or qualify with respect to quantity; to fix or
    express the quantity of; to rate.
  2. \Quan"ti*ty\, n.; pl. {Quantities}. [F. quantite, L.
    quantitas, fr. quantus bow great, how much, akin to quam bow,
    E. how, who. See {Who}.]
    1. The attribute of being so much, and not more or less; the
       property of being measurable, or capable of increase and
       decrease, multiplication and division; greatness; and more
       concretely, that which answers the question ``How much?'';
       measure in regard to bulk or amount; determinate or
       comparative dimensions; measure; amount; bulk; extent;
       size. Hence, in specific uses:
       (a) (Logic) The extent or extension of a general
           conception, that is, the number of species or
           individuals to which it may be applied; also, its
           content or comprehension, that is, the number of its
           constituent qualities, attributes, or relations.
       (b) (Gram.) The measure of a syllable; that which
           determines the time in which it is pronounced; as, the
           long or short quantity of a vowel or syllable.
       (c) (Mus.) The relative duration of a tone.
    2. That which can be increased, diminished, or measured;
       especially (Math.), anything to which mathematical
       processes are applicable.
    Note: Quantity is discrete when it is applied to separate
          objects, as in number; continuous, when the parts are
          connected, either in succession, as in time, motion,
          etc., or in extension, as by the dimensions of space,
          viz., length, breadth, and thickness.
    3. A determinate or estimated amount; a sum or bulk; a
       certain portion or part; sometimes, a considerable amount;
       a large portion, bulk, or sum; as, a medicine taken in
       quantities, that is, in large quantities.
             The quantity of extensive and curious information
             which he had picked up during many months of
             desultory, but not unprofitable, study. --Macaulay.
    {Quantity of estate} (Law), its time of continuance, or
       degree of interest, as in fee, for life, or for years.
       --Wharton (Law Dict. )
    {Quantity of matter}, in a body, its mass, as determined by
       its weight, or by its momentum under a given velocity.
    {Quantity of motion} (Mech.), in a body, the relative amount
       of its motion, as measured by its momentum, varying as the
       product of mass and velocity.
    {Known quantities} (Math.), quantities whose values are
    {Unknown quantities} (Math.), quantities whose values are