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 Dictionary entry overview: What does quantity mean? 

  The noun QUANTITY has 3 senses:

1. how much there is of something that you can quantify
2. an adequate or large amount
3. something that has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable

  Familiarity information: QUANTITY used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1quantity [BACK TO TOP]


How much there is of something that you can quantify

Classified under:

Nouns with no superordinates


quantity; amount; measure

Hypernyms ("quantity" is a kind of...):

abstraction (a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples)


standard (conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind)

nonstandard (varying from or not adhering to a standard)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "quantity"):

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)

magnetisation; magnetization (the extent or degree to which something is magnetized)

volume (the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object)

volume (a relative amount)

proof (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)

linear measure; long measure (a measure of length)

octane number; octane rating (a measure of the antiknock properties of gasoline)

quantum ((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)

cordage (the amount of wood in an area as measured in cords)

Sense 2quantity [BACK TO TOP]


An adequate or large amount

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

he had a quantity of ammunition

Hypernyms ("quantity" is a kind of...):

amount (how much of something is available)


abundant (present in great quantity)

scarce (deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand)

sufficient (of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant)

deficient; insufficient (of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "quantity"):

abundance; copiousness; teemingness (the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply)

Sense 3quantity [BACK TO TOP]


Something that has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("quantity" is a kind of...):

concept; conception; construct (an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "quantity"):

parameter (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)

proportional (one of the quantities in a mathematical proportion)

constant; constant quantity; invariable (a quantity that does not vary)

variable; variable quantity (a quantity that can assume any of a set of values)

operand (a quantity upon which a mathematical operation is performed)

numerical quantity (a quantity expressed as a number)

term (any distinct quantity contained in a polynomial)

quantum (a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the quantum in quantum theory)

binomial ((mathematics) a quantity expressed as a sum or difference of two terms; a polynomial with two terms)

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