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The Latin root numer means “number.” This Latin root is the word origin of a small “number” of highly used English vocabulary words, including numerous and numeral. The meaning of the root numer is easily recalled via its meaning, “number,” for the root numer appears in the word “number”—just take out the letter “b.”

Counting the Number of Words with "Numer"

The Latin root word numer means “number.” You’ve heard of the Sumerians—after this podcast, you’ll be able to “number” yourself among the Numerians!

The Latin root numer, which means “number,” is fortuitously ensconced in its very definition—just take out the letter “b”! The word numeral refers to a symbol or word used to stand for a “number,” such as the letter X in the Roman numeral system, which stands for the “number” 10, or the letter “C” which represents the “number” 100. The Roman numeral MMXVIII indicates a numerous amount or “number” of something, which in this case is equivalent to the Arabic numeral 2018.

Has your English teacher ever asked you to enumerate or “number” the reasons why you like a particular book? Such an enumeration or “numbering” for the novel Don Quixote would be almost innumerable, for readers could endlessly “number” the reasons why they love that important book. And do you think that the grains of sand on planet Earth are numerable by a single person, that is, could their “number” be calculated? Doubtful, unless that person lived for tens of thousands of years, for that numerical or “numbering” challenge would be just too great.

I’m sure that you’ve heard your math teacher use the term “numerator,” but what exactly is that? It’s the part of the fraction above the line that indicates the “number” that is to be divided into equal parts, determined by the denominator; in the fraction 1/4, for example, the numerator “1” is to be divided into “4” parts equally.

When using passwords on web sites, it is best to make them as difficult as possible. Using alphanumeric passwords is good practice, which contain both upper and lower case letters of the alphabet, as well as numerous “numbers.”

I think that I have now enumerated enough examples of the Latin root numer, making this your “number” one podcast for all of you Numerians out there!

  1. numeral: a “number”
  2. number: a “number”
  3. numerous: of a large “number” of things
  4. enumerate: to “number”
  5. enumeration: the state of “numbering”
  6. innumerable: not able to be “numbered”
  7. numerable: able to be “numbered”
  8. numerical: of “numbering”
  9. numerator: part of a fraction which is to be broken into a certain “number” of equal parts
  10. alphanumeric: of both letters and “numbers”


  • supernumerary

    A supernumerary amount of something is an extra or additional amount of it.

  • numerous

    If there are numerous people in a gathering, there are many or a lot of them.

  • enumerate

    To count; to tell by numbers; to count over, or tell off one after another; to number; to reckon up; to mention one by one; to name over; to make a special and separate account of; to recount; as, to enumerate the stars in a constellation.

  • enumeration

    The act of enumerating, making separate mention, or recounting.

  • innumerable

    too numerous to be counted

  • number

    That which admits of being counted or reckoned; a unit, or an aggregate of units; a numerable aggregate or collection of individuals; an assemblage made up of distinct things expressible by figures.

  • numberless

    Innumerable; countless.

  • numerable

    Capable of being numbered or counted.

  • numeral

    A figure or character used to express a number; as, the Arabic numerals, 1, 2, 3, etc.; the Roman numerals, I, V, X, L, etc.

  • numerary

    Belonging to a certain number; counting as one of a collection or body.

  • numerate

    To divide off and read according to the rules of numeration; as, to numerate a row of figures.

  • numerator

    One who numbers.

  • numerical

    of or pertaining to a number or numbers

  • numerousness

    a state or condition of having a lot of something

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