Definition of quantity in English:

quantity

noun

  • 1The amount or number of a material or abstract thing not usually estimated by spatial measurement:

    ‘the quantity and quality of the fruit can be controlled’
    • ‘His mathematical work, though not large in quantity, was first-rate in quality.’
    • ‘Whether wanting is measured in quality or quantity depends entirely on the individuals concerned.’
    • ‘What Holford has done is invent a new system called Glycaemic Load or GL, which measures quantity of sugar as well as quality.’
    • ‘This was true across a wide range of ages in healthy adults and in several measures of sleep quantity and sleep quality.’
    • ‘The label should indicate the insulation material, R-value, quantity, and the name and address of the manufacturer or distributor.’
    • ‘In Scotland, it is quality not quantity that has to count.’
    • ‘However, there was not sufficient quantity of material to make up one full load of slab.’
    • ‘The total quantity of materials required to complete the development will be about 1.25 million cubic metres.’
    • ‘The 1920s brought the great bull market in which the value and quantity of stocks traded soared.’
    • ‘If scholarship is measured by quantity, quality is sacrificed.’
    • ‘In this study, the extent of reduction in seed production due to insufficient pollen quantity and quality were examined in a naturally pollinated M. stellata population.’
    • ‘The quantity of building material must be able to withstand the expected traffic.’
    • ‘The survey also measured levels of air pollution, quality and quantity of drinking water and sewage.’
    • ‘The competition is certainly hotting up in the mobile market, but at the moment the expansion is more about quantity than quality.’
    • ‘However, this quantity cannot be directly estimated.’
    • ‘A consensus was reached during the workshop that both the quality and quantity of raw materials were a source of great concern in the leather industry of the Eastern and Southern African region.’
    • ‘We estimated the total quantity of protein in the gland by using the BioRad color photometric method.’
    • ‘The company, over the last few years, had shifted its focus from quantity and volumes to quality and design.’
    • ‘The groups did not differ significantly with respect to any of the measures of semen quantity and quality.’
    • ‘‘The cost of any project is a measure of quality times quantity,’ he says.’
    amount, number, total, aggregate, sum, quota, group, size, mass, weight, volume, bulk, load, consignment, expanse, extent, length, area
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    1. 1.1[count noun] A certain, usually specified, amount or number of something:
      ‘a small quantity of food’
      ‘if taken in large quantities, the drug can result in liver failure’
      • ‘Drugs, large quantities of cash, weighing scales, clingfilm, mobile phones and several vehicles were seized.’
      • ‘Indeed, in the heatwave a few weeks back plenty of shops were selling twice the usual quantities of beer and several ran out.’
      • ‘We make an afternoon of it and drink copious quantities of beer.’
      • ‘Mrs Jones, the jury was told, had drunk large quantities of alcohol on a regular basis for a number of years.’
      • ‘The distraught 15-year-old says she was forced to drink large quantities of alcohol before being set upon.’
      • ‘‘This operation is not about finding a large quantity of drugs but to reassure the public and take out middle level dealers,’ he said.’
      • ‘But public health experts warned against drinking large quantities of sugary drinks in a bid to boost memory function.’
      • ‘We have good evidence that young adults are buying large quantities of drink and selling it to youngsters at a healthy profit.’
      • ‘Townsend was noted for exporting considerable quantities of pewter to these shores.’
      • ‘All the enclosure ditches contained considerable quantities of domestic rubbish.’
      • ‘So far, officers have executed 18 search warrants throughout the north and south of the county, seizing a substantial quantity of controlled drugs.’
      • ‘On my own, I don't buy massive quantities of groceries like we did for the family.’
      • ‘In Cornwall and North Wales in particular, many sites produce considerable quantities of Roman goods.’
      • ‘Firstly, it generates considerable quantities of toxic waste, some of which remains radioactive for tens of thousands of years.’
      • ‘Pack trains were capable of moving very considerable quantities of goods, often through difficult terrain.’
      • ‘Britain has continued to drink large quantities of tea, in good times and bad.’
      • ‘I was drinking large quantities of tonic water, which contains quinine, when this started.’
      • ‘Most can be rehydrated quickly and easily by drinking large quantities of a solution of oral rehydration salts.’
      • ‘He drank small quantities of alcohol and on one occasion ate ten chocolate biscuits.’
      • ‘Mrs Brice said that doctors in Canada were now able to give the green light to sufferers to grow small quantities of the drug for personal use.’
    2. 1.2often quantities A considerable number or amount of something:
      ‘she was able to drink quantities of beer without degenerating into giggles’
      [mass noun] ‘many people like to buy in quantity’
      • ‘If you buy cereal in bulk quantities the shelf height should be 18 inches.’
      • ‘Mass quantities of Harlequin Valentine ship today from Dark Horse, just in time for Valentine's Day.’
      • ‘Locally, some traders have bought quantities of genuine Livestrong bands and are selling them on at a profit.’
      • ‘Bulk quantities of spices can be accommodated in a storage system that will hold these items in large containers.’
      • ‘The fatal fraud was the result of his action in buying quantities of shares in a distilling firm in an effort to shore up the share price.’
      • ‘The search is due to continue today with Gardaí confident of uncovering more quantities of the drug.’
      • ‘Well, there were quantities of that drug missing from the hospital during the time these people were dying.’
      • ‘I just collect items until they become bulk quantity.’
      • ‘During the raids police seized personal belongings, documents, drugs paraphernalia, a quantity of crack cocaine and a small amount of cannabis.’
      • ‘The judge said that police found 35.2g cannabis, evidence of his attempts at drug horticulture and a quantity of money when they raided his home.’
      an amount, a number, a good few, a good number, a lot, a large amount, a good deal, a great deal
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  • 2Phonetics
    The perceived length of a vowel sound or syllable.

    • ‘In speech, this feature is reflected in phonological quantity.’
    • ‘In phonetics, the sense of movement in speech consists of the stress, quantity, and timing of syllables.’
    • ‘This study investigates the realisation of phonological quantity in the dialects of Modern Swedish, based on a corpus containing recordings from 86 locations in Sweden and the Swedish-speaking parts of Finland.’
    • ‘The phonetic theory includes the analysis and classification of speech sounds generally and of the sounds of English in particular; sound grouping, accentual features, quantity, junction, assimilation, intonation; questions may also be asked on the teaching of English pronunciation.’
    • ‘The most obvious common phonetic feature may be the linguistically distinctive quantity in both vowels and consonants.’
  • 3Physics Mathematics
    A value or component that may be expressed in numbers.

    • ‘Entropy is a very difficult physical quantity to understand.’
    • ‘Those ratios are the same for both quantity and value.’
    • ‘Another important quantity is the clustering coefficient C of a vertex.’
    • ‘The quantity / N depends strongly on the scaled mutation parameter M and on whether the number of loci is limiting.’
    • ‘This quantity is called the Mean Square of the velocity.’
    • ‘De triangulis is in five books, the first of which gives the basic definitions: quantity, ratio, equality, circles, arcs, chords, and the sine function.’
    1. 3.1[count noun] The figure or symbol representing a quantity.
      • ‘The heat absorbed or released in a reaction depends on a quantity called enthalpy, represented by the capital letter H.’
      • ‘An ellipse is a flattened circle, and the degree of flatness is indicated by a numerical quantity called eccentricity, abbreviated e.’
      • ‘The ‘Richardson number’, a fundamental quantity involving gradients of temperature and wind velocity is named after him.’
      • ‘The quantity w represents the average fitness of the population at equilibrium.’
      • ‘In other words, it was not spontaneously obvious in earlier cultures that zero is a quantity that could be represented.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French quantite, from Latin quantitas (translating Greek posotēs), from quantus how great, how much.

Pronunciation:

quantity

/ˈkwɒntɪti/