Amount vs. Quantity

By Jaxson

  • Quantity

    Quantity is a property that can exist as a multitude or magnitude, which illustrate discontinuity and continuity. Quantities can be compared in terms of “more”, “less”, or “equal”, or by assigning a numerical value in terms of a unit of measurement. Mass, time, distance, heat, and angular separation are among the familiar examples of quantitative properties.

    Quantity is among the basic classes of things along with quality, substance, change, and relation. Some quantities are such by their inner nature (as number), while others function as states (properties, dimensions, attributes) of things such as heavy and light, long and short, broad and narrow, small and great, or much and little.

    Under the name of multitude comes what is discontinuous and discrete and divisible ultimately into indivisibles, such as: army, fleet, flock, government, company, party, people, mess (military), chorus, crowd, and number; all which are cases of collective nouns. Under the name of magnitude comes what is continuous and unified and divisible only into smaller divisibles, such as: matter, mass, energy, liquid, material—all cases of non-collective nouns.

    Along with analyzing its nature and classification, the issues of quantity involve such closely related topics as dimensionality, equality, proportion, the measurements of quantities, the units of measurements, number and numbering systems, the types of numbers and their relations to each other as numerical ratios.

  • Amount (noun)

    The total, aggregate or sum of material not applicable to discrete numbers or units or items in standard English.

    “The amount of atmospheric pollution threatens a health crisis.”

  • Amount (noun)

    A quantity or volume.

    “Pour a small amount of water into the dish.”

    “The dogs need different amounts of food.”

  • Amount (noun)

    The number (the sum) of elements in a set.

  • Amount (verb)

    To total or evaluate.

    “It amounts to three dollars and change.”

  • Amount (verb)

    To be the same as or equivalent to.

    “He was a pretty good student, but never amounted to much professionally.”

    “His response amounted to gross insubordination”

  • Amount (verb)

    To go up; to ascend.

  • Quantity (noun)

    A fundamental, generic term used when referring to the measurement (count, amount) of a scalar, vector, number of items or to some other way of denominating the value of a collection or group of items.

    “You have to choose between quantity and quality.”

  • Quantity (noun)

    An indefinite amount of something.

    “Some soap making oils are best as base oils, used in a larger quantity in the soap, while other oils are best added in a small quantity.”

    “Olive oil can be used practically in any quantity.”

  • Quantity (noun)

    A specific measured amount.

    “This bag would normally costs $497.50 for a quantity of 250, at a price of $1.99 per piece.”

    “Generally it should not be used in a quantity larger than 15 percent.”

  • Quantity (noun)

    A considerable measure or amount.

    “The Boeing P-26A was the first all-metal monoplane fighter produced in quantity for the U.S. Army Air Corps.”

  • Quantity (noun)

    Property of a phenomenon, body, or substance, where the property has a magnitude that can be expressed as number and a reference.

  • Quantity (noun)

    Indicates that the entire preceding expression is henceforth considered a single object.

    “x plus y quantity squared equals x squared plus 2xy plus y squared.”

  • Amount (noun)

    a quantity of something, especially the total of a thing or things in number, size, value, or extent

    “the substance is harmless if taken in small amounts”

    “sport gives an enormous amount of pleasure to many people”

  • Amount (noun)

    a sum of money

    “they have spent a colossal amount rebuilding the stadium”

  • Amount (verb)

    come to be (the total) when added together

    “losses amounted to over 10 million pounds”

  • Amount (verb)

    be regarded or classified as; be the equivalent of

    “their actions amounted to a conspiracy”

    “what this guy was doing clearly did amount to persecution”

  • Amount (verb)

    develop into; become

    “you’ll never amount to anything”

  • Quantity (noun)

    the amount or number of a material or abstract thing not usually estimated by spatial measurement

    “the quantity and quality of the fruit can be controlled”

  • Quantity (noun)

    a certain, usually specified, amount or number of something

    “if taken in large quantities, the drug can result in liver failure”

    “a small quantity of food”

  • Quantity (noun)

    a considerable number or amount of something

    “she was able to drink quantities of beer without degenerating into giggles”

    “many people like to buy in quantity”

  • Quantity (noun)

    the perceived length of a vowel sound or syllable.

  • Quantity (noun)

    a value or component that may be expressed in numbers.

  • Quantity (noun)

    the figure or symbol representing a quantity.

Oxford Dictionary

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