noun
(1) How much there is of something that you can quantify
(2) An adequate or large amount
"He had a quantity of ammunition"
(3) Something that has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable
Etymology
From , from
Noun
- A fundamental, generic term used when referring to the measurement (count, amount) of a scalar, vector, number of items or to some other way of denominating the value of a collection or group of items.
- You have to choose between quantity and quality.
- An indefinite amount of something
- Some soap making oils are best as base oils, used in a larger quantity in the soap, while other oils are best added in a small quantity.
- Olive oil can be used practically in any quantity.
- A specific measured amount
- This bag would normally costs $497.50 for a quantity of 250, at a price of $1.99 per piece.
- Generally it should not be used in a quantity larger than 15 percent.
- A considerable measure or amount
- The Boeing P-26A was the first all-metal monoplane fighter produced in quantity for the U.S. Army Air Corps.
- Indicates that the entire preceding expression is henceforth considered a single object.
- x plus y quantity squared equals x squared plus 2xy plus y squared.
Usage notes
- In mathematics, used to unambiguously orate mathematical equations; it is extremely rare in print, since there is no need for it there.
Quotations
- 2006, Jerome E. Kaufmann and Karen Schwitters, Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: A Combined Approach, p 89
- For problems 58-67, translate each word phrase into an algebraic expression.
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- 65. x plus 9, the quantity squared
- 2005, R. Mark Sirkin, Statistics For The Social Sciences, p137
- The second, $(\backslash sum\; x)^2$, read "summation of x, quantity squared," tells us to first add up all the xs to get $\backslash sum\; x$ and then square $\backslash sum\; x$ to get $(\backslash sum\; x)^2$.
- 1985, Serge Lang, Math!: Encounters with High School Students, p54
- ANN. $ra$ quantity cubed.
- SERGE LANG. That's right, $(ra)^3$.
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