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natural number

any of the numbers 0,1,2,3,4,… that can be used to count the members of a set; the nonnegative integers

natural number

[′nach·rəl ′nəm·bər]
(mathematics)
One of the integers 1, 2, 3, ….

natural number

(mathematics)
An integer greater than or equal to zero. A natural number is an isomorphism class of a finite set.
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It can be shown that any prime natural number of the form 4n + 3 is also a Gaussian prime.
Though values of X are not consecutive natural numbers under the prerequisite that it is proven there are sets of [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and pairs of [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] by the aforesaid way of doing and the coexisting theorem, but, since there are infinitely many natural numbers at all events, so that there are infinitely many values of X which accord with the claim.
For instance, any n-bit natural number can be represented as a bit string of length 2n +1 where 10 denotes bit 0, 11 denotes bit 1, and 0 indicates the end of the string.
Both in case R is non-singular and in case R is null, there is a natural number k which is the smallest natural number satisfying the conditions rank [A.
As such, children's first experiences with the world of numbers are with natural numbers.
There is just one rule; you may add and subtract as many numbers as you wish, provided you use only natural numbers (non-negative, whole numbers).
Time shows top players always find a place in the team; in the 1970 World Cup, Brazil had five natural number 10s,but they were organised and were one of the best teams in the history of football.
I think I'm a natural number 10, playing further forward, pushing on and creating something.
The scale of order of hierarchical complexity maps onto the natural numbers and the admissible transformations are of the form mx + b, where m is a natural number and b is any natural number.
L>o] be the partial identity on nonempty lists, zero be the constant that relates any element with the natural number 0; finally, let add be the relation that sums two natural numbers.
He is a natural number two, not the type you need to lead in at this stage.
He was a good number two to Halley and became a natural number one.