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quan·ti·ty  (kwnt-t)
n. pl. quan·ti·ties
a. A specified or indefinite number or amount.
b. A considerable amount or number: sells drugs wholesale and in quantity.
c. An exact amount or number.
2. The measurable, countable, or comparable property or aspect of a thing.
3. Mathematics Something that serves as the object of an operation.
a. Linguistics The relative amount of time needed to pronounce a vowel, consonant, or syllable.
b. The duration of a syllable in quantitative verse.
5. Logic The exact character of a proposition in reference to its universality, singularity, or particularity.

[Middle English quantite, from Old French, from Latin quantits, quantitt-, from quantus, how great; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]

quantity [ˈkwɒntɪtɪ]
n pl -ties
a.  a specified or definite amount, weight, number, etc.
b.  (as modifier) a quantity estimate
2. the aspect or property of anything that can be measured, weighed, counted, etc.
3. a large or considerable amount
4. (Mathematics) Maths an entity having a magnitude that may be denoted by a numerical expression
5. (Physics / General Physics) Physics a specified magnitude or amount; the product of a number and a unit
6. (Philosophy / Logic) Logic the characteristic of a proposition dependent on whether it is a universal or particular statement, considering all or only part of a class
7. (Literature / Poetry) Prosody the relative duration of a syllable or the vowel in it
[from Old French quantit?, from Latin quantitās extent, amount, from quantus how much]
Usage: The use of a plural noun after quantity of as in a large quantity of bananas was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable

quantity  (kwnt-t)
Something, such as a number or symbol that represents a number, on which a mathematical operation is performed.

quantity  /kwntti/  n. 1 [C;U] a general amount, a supply: She bought a quantity of apples (computers, dresses, etc.). 2 [C] an exact amount: 100 was the quantity ordered. 3 [C] a value in a mathematical problem: a is a quantity in a b = c. 4 in quantity: in a large amount at a lower price, in bulk: Our company buys in quantity; we order thousands of pencils at one time.

Thesaurus: quantity 1 a lot, number of s.t., stock 2 a specific number, total. quantity

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