# cardinal number

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## cardinal number

, numeral
1. a number denoting quantity but not order in a set
2. Maths Logic
a. a measure of the size of a set that does not take account of the order of its members
b. a particular number having this function

## cardinal number

[′kärd·nəl ′nəm·bər]
(mathematics)
The number of members of a set; usually taken as a particular well-ordered set representative of the class of all sets which are in one-to-one correspondence with one another.

## cardinal number

The cardinality of some set.

## cardinal number

The number that states how much or how many. In "record 43 has 7 fields," the 7 is cardinal. See cardinality. Contrast with ordinal number.
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For example, while all three lists have approximately the same amount of conjunctions, cardinal numbers and determiners, the BNC and Kucera lists over twice as many nouns as the SMART list.
If [alpha],[beta] are infinite cardinal numbers then [alpha] + [beta] = [alpha] x [beta] = max{[alpha],[beta]}.
With the increase of market cardinal number, growth rates gradually decreased as the growth rates of many complete machines became saturated.
In a similar way, we form the set of all US states, and we say that the cardinal number of this set is 50.
The most robust multi-objective method has to satisfy the following condition: the method of multiple objectives based on cardinal numbers is more robust than this one based on ordinal numbers.
In both years, cardinal numbers were high at the feeders from December-February and then decreased as birds established territories.

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