Other forms: quantities

Quantity tells you “how much.” If you're concerned with quantity not quality, it's more important how many you have than how good they are.

If you get confused about quantity vs. quality, remember that quant is close to count. In Latin, quantus means “how great” or “how much.” When you count how many oranges are in a bowl, you know the quantity. When you count the grains of sand in a desert, you're counting a very large quantity . . . and you need a new hobby.

Definitions of quantity
  1. noun
    how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
    synonyms: amount, measure
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    chance, probability
    a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible
    (physics) the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property that a system can possess (according to quantum theory)
    economic value, value
    the amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else
    fundamental measure, fundamental quantity
    one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement
    definite quantity
    a specific measure of amount
    indefinite quantity
    an estimated quantity
    relative quantity
    a quantity relative to some purpose
    metric, system of measurement
    a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
    the amount of wood in an area as measured in cords
    octane number, octane rating
    a measure of the antiknock properties of gasoline
    magnetisation, magnetization
    the extent or degree to which something is magnetized
    (mathematics) a quantity expressed as the root of another quantity
    the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object
    a relative amount
    a measure of alcoholic strength expressed as an integer twice the percentage of alcohol present (by volume)
    time unit, unit of time
    a unit for measuring time periods
    point, point in time
    an instant of time
    period of play, play, playing period
    (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
    interval, time interval
    a definite length of time marked off by two instants
    golf hole, hole
    one playing period (from tee to green) on a golf course
    the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)
    the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field
    conditional probability, contingent probability
    the probability that an event will occur given that one or more other events have occurred
    cross section
    (physics) the probability that a particular interaction (as capture or ionization) will take place between particles; measured in barns
    (geology) the probability that an earthquake will generate a level of ground motion that exceeds a specified reference level during a given exposure time
    fair chance, sporting chance
    a reasonable probability of success
    fat chance, slim chance
    little or no chance of success
    joint probability
    the probability of two events occurring together
    risk, risk of exposure
    the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent
    risk, risk of infection
    the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred
    the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place
    a quantum of energy (in a crystal lattice or other system) that has position and momentum and can in some respects be regarded as a particle
    criterion, measure, standard, touchstone
    a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
    mess of pottage
    anything of trivial value
    the amount that something in scarce supply is valued above its nominal value
    system of weights and measures
    system of measurement for length and weight and duration
    point system
    a system of graduating sizes of type in multiples of the point
    information measure
    a system of measurement of information based on the probabilities of the events that convey information
    (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
    enough, sufficiency
    an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose
    N, normality
    (of a solution) concentration expressed in gram equivalents of solute per liter
    absolute majority, majority
    (elections) more than half of the votes
    plurality, relative majority
    (in an election with more than 2 options) the number of votes for the candidate or party receiving the greatest number (but less that half of the votes)
    absolute value, numerical value
    a real number regardless of its sign
    acid value
    (chemistry) the amount of free acid present in fat as measured by the milligrams of potassium hydroxide needed to neutralize it
    a measure of the quantity of chlorine or other halides in water (especially seawater)
    a concept of quantity involving zero and units
    a quantity of paper; 24 or 25 sheets
    a quantity of paper; 480 or 500 sheets; one ream equals 20 quires
    the quantity of a particular substance that can dissolve in a particular solvent (yielding a saturated solution)
    the degree to which something is poisonous
    unit, unit of measurement
    any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange
    magnetic flux
    a measure of the strength of a magnetic field over a given area
    Brix scale
    a system for measuring the concentration of sugar solutions
    circular measure
    measurement of angles in radians
    board measure
    a system of units for measuring lumber based on the board foot
    Beaufort scale
    a scale from 0 to 12 for the force of the wind
    system of weights, weight
    a system of units used to express the weight of something
    aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, nada, naught, nil, nix, nothing, null, zero, zilch, zip, zippo
    a quantity of no importance
    addition, gain, increase
    a quantity that is added
    the quantity of game taken in a particular period (usually by one person)
    the quantity broken
    (computer science) the amount of information (in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive
    catch, haul
    the quantity that was caught
    correction, fudge factor
    a quantity that is added or subtracted in order to increase the accuracy of a scientific measure
    the quantity that a container will hold
    footstep, pace, step, stride
    the distance covered by a step
    the volume left at the top of a filled container (bottle or jar or tin) before sealing
    large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
    limit, limitation
    the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed
    limit, limit point, point of accumulation
    the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity
    output, production, yield
    the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time)
    neighborhood, region
    the approximate amount of something (usually used prepositionally as in `in the region of')
    the amount of something (as whiskey or oil) lost in storage or transportation
    (medicine) potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions
    the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.)
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
    the amount that has spilled
    the amount that has spoiled
    the quantity contained in (or the capacity of) a tank or tanks
    the amount that a container (as a wine bottle or tank) lacks of being full
    an amount needed to restore something to its former level
    an indefinite quantity of something having a specified value
    a quantity of alcoholic drink sufficient to make you drunk
    dosage, dose
    the quantity of an active agent (substance or radiation) taken in or absorbed at any one time
    an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate
    load, loading
    a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time
    the quantity of water falling to earth at a specific place within a specified period of time
    an amount of something available for use
    capacity, content
    the amount that can be contained
    temperature scale
    a system of measuring temperature
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
    24-hour interval, day, mean solar day, solar day, twenty-four hour period, twenty-four hours
    time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis
    the dark part of the diurnal cycle considered a time unit
    mean solar time, mean time
    (astronomy) time based on the motion of the mean sun (an imaginary sun moving uniformly along the celestial equator)
    TDT, TT, ephemeris time, terrestrial dynamical time, terrestrial time
    (astronomy) a measure of time defined by Earth's orbital motion; terrestrial time is mean solar time corrected for the irregularities of the Earth's motions
    access time
    (computer science) the interval between the time data is requested by the system and the time the data is provided by the drive
    distance, space
    the interval between two times
    a remote point in time
    embolism, intercalation
    an insertion into a calendar
    date, particular date
    a particular but unspecified point in time
    the point in time at which something must be completed
    arrival time, time of arrival
    the time at which a public conveyance is scheduled to arrive at a given destination
    departure time, time of departure
    the time at which a public conveyance is scheduled to depart from a given point of origin
    a time unit of approximately 30 days
    day, sidereal day
    the time for one complete rotation of the earth relative to a particular star, about 4 minutes shorter than a mean solar day
    middle of an academic term or a political term in office
    full term, term
    the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent
    the middle of the gestation period
    bell, ship's bell
    (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.
    60 minutes, hour, hr
    a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day
    30 minutes, half-hour
    a half of an hour
    15 minutes, quarter-hour
    a quarter of an hour
    min, minute
    a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour
    a unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour
    s, sec, second
    1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
    one quintillionth (10^-18) of a second; one thousandth of a femtosecond
    one quadrillionth (10^-15) of a second; one thousandth of a picosecond
    one trillionth (10^-12) of a second; one thousandth of a nanosecond
    one billionth (10^-9) of a second; one thousandth of a microsecond
    one millionth (10^-6) of a second; one thousandth of a millisecond
    millisecond, msec
    one thousandth (10^-3) of a second
    instant, minute, moment, second
    a particular point in time
    a unit of play in tennis or squash
    the time at which a (software or multimedia) program is run
    beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time
    the time at which something is supposed to begin
    time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period
    end, ending
    the point in time at which something ends
    seek time
    (computer science) the time it takes for a read/write head to move to a specific data track
    time constant
    (electronics) the time required for the current or voltage in a circuit to rise or fall exponentially through approximately 63 per cent of its amplitude
    slot, time slot
    a time assigned on a schedule or agenda
    lunitidal interval
    interval between the moon's transit of a particular meridian and the next high tide at that meridian
    the time interval during which something or somebody is away
    break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension
    a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    an intervening period or episode
    interim, lag, meantime, meanwhile
    the time between one event, process, or period and another
    latent period
    the time that elapses before the presence of a disease is manifested by symptoms
    latency, latent period, reaction time, response time
    the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it
    a seemingly endless time interval (waiting)
    cycle, rhythm, round
    an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs
    lead time
    the time interval between the initiation and the completion of a production process
    the interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon
    phase, phase angle
    a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle
    the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
    show time
    the point in time at which an entertainment (a movie or television show etc.) is scheduled to begin
    that time; that moment
    latency, rotational latency
    (computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write head
    processing time
    the time it takes to complete a prescribed procedure
    type of:
    abstract entity, abstraction
    a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
  2. noun
    the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable
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    a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the quantities in quantum theory
    any distinct quantity contained in a polynomial
    numerical quantity
    a quantity expressed as a number
    a quantity upon which a mathematical operation is performed
    variable, variable quantity
    a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
    constant, constant quantity, invariable
    a quantity that does not vary
    a quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample data
    mathematical product, product
    a quantity obtained by multiplication
    amount, sum, total
    a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers
    one of the quantities in a mathematical proportion
    (mathematics) a quantity expressed as a sum or difference of two terms; a polynomial with two terms
    (mathematics) a quantity or variable that, when fed into a function, results in a single output
    (mathematics) the result or solution of a function that is associated with a single input
    zero, zero point
    the point on a scale from which positive or negative numerical quantities can be measured
    a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed
    vote, voter turnout
    the total number of voters who participated
    a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable
    experimental variable, independent variable
    (statistics) a variable whose values are independent of changes in the values of other variables
    correlate, correlative
    either of two or more related or complementary variables
    degree of freedom
    (statistics) an unrestricted variable in a frequency distribution
    dependent variable
    (statistics) a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value depends on the independent variable
    parameter, parametric quantity
    a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves
    the product of all the integers up to and including a given integer
    the product of a quantity by an integer
    grand total
    the sum of the sums of several groups of numbers
    the sum of part of a group of numbers
    predictor variable
    a variable that can be used to predict the value of another variable (as in statistical regression)
    (mathematics) a variable that has zero as its limit
    chance variable, random variable, stochastic variable, variant, variate
    a variable quantity that is random
    a variable quantity that cannot be resolved into components
    a generalization of the concept of a vector
    a variable quantity that can be resolved into components
    type of:
    concept, conception, construct
    an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
  3. noun
    an adequate or large amount
    “he had a quantity of ammunition”
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    abundance, copiousness, teemingness
    the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply
    amplitude, bountifulness, bounty
    the property of copious abundance
    plenitude, plenteousness, plentifulness, plentitude, plenty
    a full supply
    cornucopia, profuseness, profusion, richness
    the property of being extremely abundant
    the quality of profuse abundance
    lushness, luxuriance, voluptuousness
    the property of being lush and abundant and a pleasure to the senses
    overabundance, overmuch, overmuchness, superabundance
    a quantity that is more than what is appropriate
    type of:
    the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion




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