nu·mer·i·cal /nʊˈmɛrɪkəl, njʊ-/
Nu·mer·ic Nu·mer·ic·al a.
1. Belonging to number; denoting number; consisting in numbers; expressed by numbers, and not letters; as, numerical characters; a numerical equation; a numerical statement.
Note: ☞ Numerical, as opposed to algebraical, is used to denote a value irrespective of its sign; thus, -5 is numerically greater than -3, though algebraically less.
2. The same in number; hence, identically the same; identical; as, the same numerical body. [Obs.]
Would to God that all my fellow brethren, which with me bemoan the loss of their books, . . . might rejoice for the recovery thereof, though not the same numerical volumes. --Fuller.
Numerical equation Alg., an equation which has all the quantities except the unknown expressed in numbers; -- distinguished from literal equation.
Numerical value of an equation or expression, that deduced by substituting numbers for the letters, and reducing.
adj 1: measured or expressed in numbers; "numerical value"; "the
numerical superiority of the enemy" [syn: numeric]
2: of or relating to or denoting numbers; "a numeral
adjective"; "numerical analysis" [syn: numeral, numeric]
3: designated by or expressed in numbers; "numerical symbols";
"a very simple numeric code"; "numerical equations" [syn:
4: relating to or having ability to think in or work with
numbers; "tests for rating numerical aptitude"; "a
mathematical whiz" [syn: mathematical] [ant: verbal]