symbolic number

symbolic number

[sim′bäl·ik ′nəm·bər]
(computer science)
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The heart, chosen as a universally recognised emblem of love and passion, appears three times, a symbolic number representing the past, the present and the future, denoting a promise of eternal love.
Beyond counting objects, the concept of Dynamic Counting can be modified to focus on symbolic number representation.
And today, a very small, symbolic number of Turkish soldiers would be stationed in Cyprus.
On the last elections, other than BDI, PDSH and NDP also ran for Diaspora candidates, but received only a symbolic number of votes.
261 has become a symbolic number for women to feel fearless in the face of adversity.
Each rider and horse together is given a symbolic number.
Negotiations are now apparently stuck on the scope of Iran's enrichment capacities - from the initial symbolic number of 400 centrifuges, Western diplomats have reportedly conceded that Iran's program will retain thousands.
Perhaps once only a symbolic number, in the case of Huang Tingjian and some of his contemporaries, Wang argues, there may have been pressure to actually familiarize oneself with and utilize ten thousand examples--or books --with possible allusions to include when composing poems that were nonetheless expected to appear spontaneous.
But at Everton one number is cherished above all other - the symbolic number nine.
Hopkins relates the two thinkers' accounts of the origin of symbolic number by comparing Husserl's distinction between authentic and symbolic numbers with Klein's distinction between the ancient Greek concept of number and the modern symbolic one.
A "Six million is absolutely a symbolic number but still most Jews live outside Israel," Tom Segev, an Israeli historian and author, told The Daily Telegraph.
Apparently, the increasing dominance of a symbolic number system influences the improvement of previously acquired skills for handling non-symbolic numerical quantities (Pica, Lemer, Izard, & Dehaene, 2004).

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