Meaning of QUANTITY in English


n. (pl. -ies)

1. the property of things that is measurable.

2 the size or extent or weight or amount or number.

3 a specified or considerable portion or number or amount (buys in quantity; the quantity of heat in a body).

4 (in pl.) large amounts or numbers; an abundance (quantities of food; is found in quantities on the shore).

5 the length or shortness of vowel sounds or syllables.

6 Math. a a value, component, etc. that may be expressed in numbers. b the figure or symbol representing this.

Phrases and idioms:

quantity mark a mark put over a vowel etc. to indicate its length. quantity surveyor a person who measures and prices building work. quantity theory the hypothesis that prices correspond to changes in the monetary supply.

Etymology: ME f. OF quantit{eacute} f. L quantitas -tatis f. quantus how much

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.