Count vs Countable - What's the difference?

count | countable |

As a noun count

is the act of or tallying a quantity or count can be the male ruler of a county; also known as an earl, especially in england the female equivalent is countess.

As a verb count

is to enumerate the digits of a numeral system.

As a adjective countable is

capable of being counted; having a quantity or a numerical attribute.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) counten, from (etyl) conter, from (etyl) ).


(en verb)
  • To recite numbers in sequence.
  • To determine the number (of objects in a group).
  • To be of significance; to matter.
  • To be an example of something.
  • * J. A. Symonds
  • This excellent man counted among the best and wisest of English statesmen.
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  • To consider something an example of something.
  • (obsolete) To take account or note (of).
  • * Shakespeare
  • No man counts of her beauty.
  • (UK, legal) To plead orally; to argue a matter in court; to recite a count.
  • (Burrill)
    Derived terms
    * count one's blessings * count out


    (en noun)
  • The act of or tallying a quantity.
  • Give the chairs a quick count to check if we have enough.
  • The result of a tally that reveals the number of items in a set; a quantity counted.
  • A countdown.
  • (legal) A charge of misconduct brought in a legal proceeding.
  • (baseball) The number of balls and strikes, respectively, on a batter's in-progress plate appearance.
  • He has a 3-2 count with the bases loaded.
  • (obsolete) An object of interest or account; value; estimation.
  • * Spenser
  • all his care and count
    Derived terms
    * countless * down for the count * sperm count

    Etymology 2

    (wikipedia count) From (etyl) comte and in the sense of "noble fighting alongside the king".


    (en noun)
  • The male ruler of a county.
  • A nobleman holding a rank intermediate between dukes and barons.
  • Synonyms
    * (English counts) earl * (French counts) comte * (Italian counts) conte * (German counts) graf
    Derived terms
    * viscount * count palatine, count palatinate




  • Capable of being counted; having a quantity.
  • (mathematics, of a set) Countably infinite; having a bijection with the natural numbers.
  • (mathematics, of a set) Countably infinite or finite; having a bijection with a subset of the natural numbers.
  • (grammar, of a noun) Freely usable with the indefinite article and with numbers, and therefore having a plural form.
  • Synonyms

    * (having a bijection with a subset of the natural numbers) denumerable


    * uncountable


    * (having a bijection with a subset of the natural numbers) finite, countably infinite


    * (countably infinite) infinite

    Derived terms

    * countable set * countable additivity

    See also

    * mass noun * plurale tantum