Definition of pagination in US English:



  • The sequence of numbers assigned to pages in a book or periodical.

    ‘later editions are identical in text and pagination’
    • ‘Details of mistakes in pagination and in signature numbering, very frequent in this corpus, are given in full.’
    • ‘From cover design to content and pagination, it is all done from a basement in South Delhi.’
    • ‘The section of notes, by the way, contains no references to the book's pagination, and it can be quite a struggle to find a note when you think you need one (which may or may not be there in the end).’
    • ‘Furthermore, in order not to disturb the original pagination, the first page of this footnote began 63 pages later than the preceding page.’
    • ‘More disturbing is the pagination, since each article preserves the page-numbers from its first context, the only distinction between the articles being a superimposed Roman numeral on each page, each having its own number.’
    • ‘‘Essentially, the decision to remove business as a stand alone section and put it inside the book was about reducing pagination costs,’ said Schmidtke.’
    • ‘I shall therefore confine myself to setting out, with pagination, the passages which he contends are libellous of him (as well as highly damaging to his reputation as a serious historian).’
    • ‘The pagination system used is somewhat confusing as some page numbers were missing in my copy.’
    • ‘The print dialog box provides several additional options including image scaling, pagination, paper orientation and print color.’
    • ‘In particular he committed the paper to greatly increased pagination, funded by classified advertising.’
    • ‘The present edition has been typeset afresh, with continuous pagination.’
    • ‘Tynan, in contrast, creates a prefacing section entitled ‘Early Irish Writers,’ whose pagination in roman numerals underlines its marginality, and in which shortened biographical sketches are included without any excerpted texts.’
    • ‘All these editions have their own pagination but retain the letters in their original sequence.’
    • ‘To even begin to establish the edition I would need to do a collation, so that I could identify it, based on its format, pagination, typography, and the like, by comparing it with Online and printed bibliographic sources.’
    • ‘The pagination will drop, probably to an average of 230 pages per issue, he adds.’
    • ‘The selection of the material to cover was well thought out and although the pagination of the content could be improved, topic areas worked well together and the material built upon itself.’
    • ‘The journal's continuous pagination through each volume makes this datum redundant, of course.’
    • ‘But readers may find it difficult to follow the brief explanatory notes, which are keyed to pagination, but neither indicated nor signalled on the relevant pages.’
    • ‘Quinn is preparing for a redesign of The Irish Catholic, which will expand its pagination by four pages, making it a 24-page publication.’
    • ‘While I understand it may be difficult to cite the exact page number (since the pagination is not set until all other changes are made) it should be possible.’


Mid 19th century: noun of action from paginate, from French paginer, based on Latin pagina ‘a page’ (see page).