A fundamental, generic term used when referring to the measurement (count, amount) of a scalar, vector, number of items or to some other way of denominating the value of a collection or group of items.
An indefinite amount of something.
- You have to choose between quantity and quality.
- Some soap making oils are best as base oils, used in a larger quantity''' in the soap, while other oils are best added in a small '''quantity .
A specific measured amount.
- Olive oil can be used practically in any quantity .
- This bag would normally costs $497.50 for a quantity of 250, at a price of $1.99 per piece.
A considerable measure or amount.
- Generally it should not be used in a quantity larger than 15 percent.
(metrology) Property of a phenomenon, body, or substance, where the property has a magnitude that can be expressed as number and a reference.
(mathematics) Indicates that the entire preceding expression is henceforth considered a single object.
- The Boeing P-26A was the first all-metal monoplane fighter produced in quantity for the U.S. Army Air Corps.
* 2006 , Jerome E. Kaufmann and Karen Schwitters, Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: A Combined Approach ,
- x plus ''y'' quantity squared equals ''x'' squared plus ''2xy'' plus ''y'' squared .
- For problems 58-67, translate each word phrase into an algebraic expression.
* 2005 , R. Mark Sirkin, Statistics For The Social Sciences ,
- 65. x plus 9, the quantity squared
* 1985 , Serge Lang, Math!: Encounters with High School Students ,
- The second, , read "summation of x, quantity squared," tells us to first add up all the xs to get and then square to get .
- ANN. quantity cubed.
- SERGE LANG. That's right, .
* In mathematics, used to unambiguously orate mathematical equations; it is extremely rare in print, since there is no need for it there.
From (etyl) (m), partly from (etyl) . More at (m); see also (m).
(obsolete) Mass; church service.
A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to an animal at one time.
- A mess of pottage.
A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table.
- At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes .
* 1610 , , IV. iv. 11:
- the wardroom mess
A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
- But that our feasts / In every mess have folly, and the feeders / Digest it with accustom,
(US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
* Eton mess
* lose the number of one's mess
* mess hall
* mess up
* Mills Mess
(label) To take meals with a mess.
(label) To belong to a mess.
(label) To eat (with others).
(label) To supply with a mess.
Perhaps a corruption of (etyl) , compare (muss), or derived from Etymology 1 "mixed foods, as for animals".
A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
(label) A large quantity or number.
* see also
(label) To make a mess of.
(label) To throw into confusion.
(label) To interfere.
(terms derived from "mess")
* mess around
* mess up
* mess with