# Quantity vs Mess - What's the difference?

quantity | mess |

## As nouns the difference between quantity and mess

is that quantity is 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 while mess is (obsolete) mass; church service or mess can be a disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.

## As a verb mess is

to take meals with a mess.

# quantity

## English

(wikipedia quantity)

### Noun

(quantities)
• 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.
• You have to choose between quantity and quality.
• An indefinite amount of something.
• 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 .
Olive oil can be used practically in any quantity .
• A specific measured amount.
• This bag would normally costs $497.50 for a quantity of 250, at a price of$1.99 per piece.
Generally it should not be used in a quantity larger than 15 percent.
• A considerable measure or amount.
• The Boeing P-26A was the first all-metal monoplane fighter produced in quantity for the U.S. Army Air Corps.
• (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.
• x plus ''y'' quantity squared equals ''x'' squared plus ''2xy'' plus ''y'' squared .
• * 2006 , Jerome E. Kaufmann and Karen Schwitters, Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: A Combined Approach , p 89
• For problems 58-67, translate each word phrase into an algebraic expression.
(...)
65. x plus 9, the quantity squared
• * 2005 , R. Mark Sirkin, Statistics For The Social Sciences , p137
• The second, $\left(\sum x\right)^2$, read "summation of x, quantity squared," tells us to first add up all the xs to get $\sum x$ and then square $\sum x$ to get $\left(\sum x\right)^2$.
• * 1985 , Serge Lang, Math!: Encounters with High School Students , p54
• ANN. $ra$ quantity cubed.
SERGE LANG. That's right, $\left(ra\right)^3$.

#### Usage notes

* In mathematics, used to unambiguously orate mathematical equations; it is extremely rare in print, since there is no need for it there.

#### Synonyms

* Qty

* measure * unit

# mess

## English

### Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), partly from (etyl) . More at (m); see also (m).

#### Noun

(es)
• (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.
• * Milton
• At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes .
• 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.
• the wardroom mess
• * 1610 , , IV. iv. 11:
• But that our feasts / In every mess have folly, and the feeders / Digest it with accustom,
• A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
• (Latimer)
• (US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
• ##### Derived terms
* Eton mess * lose the number of one's mess * mess hall * mess up * Mills Mess

#### Verb

• (label) To take meals with a mess.
• (label) To belong to a mess.
• (label) To eat (with others).
• (label) To supply with a mess.
• ### Etymology 2

Perhaps a corruption of (etyl) , compare (muss), or derived from Etymology 1 "mixed foods, as for animals".

#### Noun

(-)
• A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
• (label) A large quantity or number.
• (label) Excrement.
• ##### Quotations
* (English Citations of "mess")

#### Verb

(es)
• (label) To make a mess of.
• (label) To throw into confusion.
• (label) To interfere.
• ##### Derived terms
(terms derived from "mess") * messy * mess around * mess up * mess with

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