Definition of numeration in US English:



  • 1The action or process of calculating or assigning a number to something.

    • ‘The line numeration refers to the lines of the WB prism.’
    • ‘Of course, one immediately wants to hedge that numeration: the show probably hadn't done its job if you walked out thinking you knew what counted as an art work and who counted as an artist.’
    • ‘I noticed this morning there seems to be an error in the paragraph numeration.’
    • ‘In all those years that the boy learned the decimal system and in all those weeks that he learned the binary, was there no proper time to mention what positional numeration is about?’
    • ‘Temple Square is ground zero of the street numeration for Salt Lake City.’
    • ‘Although it first appears to contradict this order, the numeration of the houses is actually based upon it, originating from the two hourly ‘watches’ of Egyptian astronomy.’
    • ‘Without decimals, Europe would have remained trapped in the cumbrous Roman system of numeration.’
    • ‘He attributes this to their clumsy numeration system, a hybrid of the Babylonian sexagesimal system and an additive system in which each letter of the Greek alphabet stood for one value.’
    • ‘In the 20th century the limited edition was the norm, with 50 or perhaps 200 impressions being printed, each with numeration and the artist's signature in pencil below.’
    • ‘The numeration of the helices is consistent with the secondary structure indications present in the PDB file.’
    • ‘The flood victims waited for years for numeration but the ice victims were cared for immediately.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most unusual feature of the Laghubhaskariyavivarana is the use of katapayadi numeration as well as the place-value Sanskrit numerals which Sankara Narayana frequently uses.’
    • ‘The technical terms systolic pressure, diastolic pressure, mean arterial pressure, etc are clear enough, but, curiously, what should be most objective numeration is least so.’
    • ‘In some cases, the numeration following the B. subtilis sequence is also included.’
    • ‘However that can't apply because Latin didn't have some of the letters that lead to the numeration involved so the sums can't be like that.’
    • ‘Augustine preferred the simple numeration of days - first, second, third - a practice that is kept to this day in the Latin breviary (feria prima, feria secunda, etc.).’
    • ‘Their numeration is usually described (with some caveats) as being in base 20.’
    • ‘But why, in general, does mathematics education shy away from placing our decimal numeration into the framework of positional systems?’
    • ‘A friends dad was a member of MEnsa, and the sorts of puzzles they set are all ones you would expect people with good numeration skills to be able to solve, so Mensa know exactly what a high IQ means.’
    • ‘Electronic Communications Service providers offer services for numeration that consist of the conveyance of signals over electronic communications networks.’
    1. 1.1 A method or process of numbering, counting, or computing.


Late Middle English: from Latin numeratio(n-) ‘payment’ (in late Latin ‘numbering’), from the verb numerare ‘to number’.