number, figure and digit?9 replies 1 2 Hi teachers: Can you tell me the differences between number, figure and digit? Especially the confusion on number and figure. Thanks Junior Member85 As I get it, figure, digit = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0 number = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0, but also 11, 12, 13 ..... 9999 etc I'm not a teacher, but I hope it makes at least some sense. Veteran Member6,416 Usually number refers to an integer, digit refers to a single numeral and figure refers to a float. Regular Member532 Hi Clive, A float (floating point number ) is a computer science term for a number with a radix point (more commonly known as a decimal point when dealing with base 10 numbers). What's the laymans term for a float? Hi, If you mean eg 1 mile = 1.6 kms, most people would call it a decimal point. However, I wouldn't say that the term 'figure' can only be used for numbers involving decimals. In practice, I think I tend to think of a figure as a number that represents something, eg $10,000 or 857 miles. Best wishes, Clive Hi, Look like we all agree that digit = {0, 1, ..., 9}. In terms of a 6digit number or a 6figure salary, both digit and figure are the same. However, we say government figures, not government digits. In this case, a figure is a symbol that represents a measurement (amount, quantity, distance). The term number is similar to figure in the sense of measurement. However, number does cover some other usages such as cardinal / prime number. Therefore, in terms of numbering system, number includes figure which includes digit. Contributing Member1,100 I agree with Hoa. The meanings overlap. And forget about "float", it's a technical word that is only used in specific contexts. If you already know what it means, you definitely know when to use it, otherwise don't learn it at all. Veteran Member5,652 CliveHowever, I wouldn't say that the term 'figure' can only be used for numbers involving decimals. Show more
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