quantity

quantity
quan•ti•ty
[[t]ˈkwɒn tɪ ti[/t]] n. pl. -ties
1) an indefinite or aggregate amount:
a quantity of sugar[/ex]
2) a specified amount:
in the quantities called for[/ex]
3) a considerable or great amount:
to buy food in quantity[/ex]
4) math.
a) the property of magnitude involving comparability with other magnitudes
b) something having magnitude or extent, amount, or the like
c) magnitude, size, volume, area, or length
5) the amount, degree, etc., in terms of which another can be greater or lesser
6) pho the character of a proposition as singular, universal, or particular
7) phn pro the relative duration of a speech sound, esp. a vowel, or a syllable; length
8) any person, thing, or factor taken into consideration:
The nominee was an unknown quantity[/ex]
Etymology: 1250–1300; < OF < L quantitās fr. quant(us) how much

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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