quantity
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English quantite, from Anglo-French quantité, from Latin quantitat-, quantitas, from quantus how much, how large; akin to Latin quam how, as, quando when, qui who — more at who Date: 14th century 1. a. an indefinite amount or number b. a determinate or estimated amount c. total amount or number d. a considerable amount or number — often used in plural <
generous quantities of luck — H. E. Putsch
>
2. a. the aspect in which a thing is measurable in terms of greater, less, or equal or of increasing or decreasing magnitude b. the subject of a mathematical operation c. an individual considered with respect to a given situation <
an unknown quantity…as attorney general — Tom Wicker
>
3. a. duration and intensity of speech sounds as distinct from their individual quality or phonemic character; specifically the relative length or brevity of a prosodic syllable in some languages (as Greek and Latin) b. the relative duration or time length of a speech sound or sound sequence 4. the character of a logical proposition as being universal, particular, or singular

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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