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Webster 1828 Edition


Uncountable

UNCOUNT'ABLE

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Adj.
That cannot be counted; innumerable.

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uncountable

uncountable

English

Noun

uncountable (plural uncountables)

  1. (linguistics) An uncountable noun.

Adjective

uncountable (not comparable)

  1. So many as to be incapable of being counted.
    The reasons for our failure were as uncountable as the grains of sand on a beach.
  2. (mathematics) Incapable of being put into one-to-one correspondence with the natural numbers or any subset thereof.
    Cantor’s “diagonal proof” shows that the set of real numbers is uncountable.
  3. (grammar, of a noun) Describes a meaning of a noun that cannot be used freely with numbers or the indefinite article, and which therefore takes no plural form. Example: information.
    Many languages do not distinguish countable nouns from uncountable nouns.
    One meaning in law of the supposedly uncountable noun "information" is used in the plural and is countable.

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