English definition of “number”
/ˈnʌmbər/ noun [C]
SYMBOL › a symbol or word used in a counting system or used to show the position or order of something: Think of a number smaller than 100. Pablo's favourite number is seven. The Prime Minister lives at number 10, Downing Street. Look at item number three on your agenda.
GROUP OF NUMBERS › a group of numbers that represents something: What's your phone number? Each person receives a membership number when they join.
AMOUNT › an amount: a small number of (= a few) a large number of (= many) There were a number of (= several) soldiers present at the rally. Scientists have noticed a drop in the number of song birds in Britain. → See also cardinal number → See also ordinal number → See also phone number → See also telephone number