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amount

Definitions

  • Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during archeological explorations. Small amounts of iron may have been smelted in the furnace during the early years of the settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during archeological explorations. Small amounts of iron may have been smelted in the furnace during the early years of the settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v amount develop into "This idea will never amount to anything","nothing came of his grandiose plans"
    • v amount add up in number or quantity "The bills amounted to $2,000","The bill came to $2,000"
    • v amount be tantamount or equivalent to "Her action amounted to a rebellion"
    • n amount how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
    • n amount the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion "an adequate amount of food for four people"
    • n amount a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers
    • n amount a quantity of money "he borrowed a large sum","the amount he had in cash was insufficient"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it attested that the goods were of an approved quality and length or amount Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coffee has about five times the amount of caffeine as a can of Coke
    • Amount The effect, substance, value, significance, or result; the sum; as, the amount of the testimony is this. "The whole amount of that enormous fame."
    • Amount The sum total of two or more sums or quantities; the aggregate; the whole quantity; a totality; as, the amount of 7 and 9 is 16; the amount of a bill; the amount of this year's revenue.
    • Amount To go up; to ascend. "So up he rose, and thence amounted straight."
    • Amount To rise or reach by an accumulation of particular sums or quantities; to come (to) in the aggregate or whole; -- with to or unto.
    • Amount To rise, reach, or extend in effect, substance, or influence; to be equivalent; to come practically (to); as, the testimony amounts to very little.
    • v. t Amount To signify; to amount to.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During World War II, there was not enough sugar in the U.S. to make candy as it was sent to the troops overseas. At this time, popcorn was consumed three times more than its usual amount
    • amount To go up; rise; ascend; mount.
    • amount To reach or be equal (to) in number, quantity, or value; come (to) as a whole.
    • amount To rise, reach, or extend, in effect, substance, influence, etc.; be equivalent or tantamount in force or significance: as, his answer amounted almost to a threat.
    • amount To ascend; climb; mount.—
    • amount To rise in number, quantity, or value, so as to reach or be equal to; come to.
    • amount To be equivalent to; mean; signify.
    • amount To cause to rise; raise or elevate.
    • n amount The sum total of two or more sums or quantities; the aggregate: as, the amount of 7 and 9 is 16; the amount of the day's sales.
    • n amount A quantity or sum viewed as a whole.
    • n amount The full effect, value, or import; the sum or total: as, the evidence, in amount, comes to this.
    • n amount Often contracted to amt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The amount of blood a female mosquito drinks per serving is five millionths of a liter
    • v.i Amount a-mownt′ to mount or rise to: to result in: to come in meaning or substance to (with to)
    • n Amount the whole sum: the effect or result
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Quotations

  • Francis Ford Coppola
    Francis Ford Coppola
    “I bring to my life a certain amount of mess.”
  • Edward Noyes Westcott
    Edward Noyes Westcott
    “A reasonable amount o fleas is good for a dog -- keeps him from brooding over being a dog, maybe.”
  • John Nuveen
    John Nuveen
    “You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.”
  • Francis Bacon
    Francis%20Bacon
    “Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.”
  • Henry Ford
    Henry%20Ford
    “Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    Princess%20of%20Wales%20Diana
    “Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. amonter, to increase, advance, ascend, fr. amont,equiv. to L. ad montem, to the mountain) upward, F. amont, up the river. See Mount (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Naturally this amount of water would weigh a great deal more than the empty pan.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
From these considerations we see how unreliable in pathological cases is the calculation of the amount of haemoglobin from the amount of iron.
"Histology of the Blood" by Paul Ehrlich
Yes, there is a hope which amounts to a certainty.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Subscriptions to the amount of $1,110 were made, Mrs. Keith leading with $500.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
His devotion to an object upon which he had set his affections amounted to obsession.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He drew up an inventory of goods to the amount of about five hundred dollars.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
What remark respecting the kind and amount of labor?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Cargoes of coffee sometimes yielded three or four times that amount.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
The demand was audited and paid, amounting, I believe, to several hundred thousand dollars.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Moreover, each laborer and each capitalist would get the amount of his personal contribution to this sum total.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark
What they have gained in ground, they paid so dearly for in numbers, that their victories have in the end amounted to defeats.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
The amount required for the coming year would be very much less.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
They amounted to ecstasy.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The amount was not so very large; it was, indeed, just about the proper amount to take.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
Bonds were issued and sold to the amount of $162,000,000.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
The amount of capital with which the company proposes to be registered, divided into shares of a certain fixed amount.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
Foods that require a considerable amount of chewing should be included in the diet.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
I suppose a third or a fourth of the total amount will do for the present?
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
The sediment or dirt test is used quite extensively to ascertain the amount of dirt milk may contain.
"Outlines of dairy bacteriology" by H. L. Russell
I was furnished with a seaman's outfit, which, with my board bill and expenses, amounted exactly to eighty dollars; that was the advance.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

O book, O chants! must all then amount to but this?
Must we barely arrive at this beginning of us?… And yet it is
enough, O soul!
O soul! we have positively appear'd—that is enough.
"As The Time Draws Nigh" by Walt Whitman
The multifarious blessings Heaven has given,
Great, various, wonderful, in their amount,
Are but the reckoning which man holds with Heaven,
And for which Heaven demands a strict account.
"Blessings" by John Bowring
Bring in the palmoil and pepper you’ve bought,
But send out ten times the amount you import:
Trade your inventions, your labour and sweat:
Your Overseas Traffic will keep ye from debt.
"Merchandise" by J Milton Hayes
When our three contenders two hours had gone through,
In graving and begging and Sol-faing too,
'Twas needful to state all their profit amounts,
So retreat to the tavern and settle accounts.
"The Triumvirate" by William Hutton
But all, the world's coarse thumb
And finger failed to plumb,
So passed in making up the main account;
All instincts immature,
All purposes unsure,
That weighed not as his work, yet swelled the man's amount:
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning
If I should die tonight But rose to count
With trembling fingers,
That long lost amount I might live on; But when
You said' Here's your umbrella
And your fountain pen,' For one short space I'd gaze into thy face And then Drop dead again."
"If I Should Die Tonight" by William Percy French

In news:

As improbable as it sounds, given Mr Friedman's small frame and thick glasses, few who saw him would deny that he had an astounding amount of charisma .
Last year, we humans collectively burned through more than double the amount of resources that the Earth can sustain longterm.
Hilary Swank made a huge amount of money from her recently criticized attendance at an event also attended by the brutal leader of Chechnya.
The CBO is forecasting a $1.1 trillion deficit in 2012, followed by several years of a much lower amount.
The amount of ingredients can vary due to ones individual preference.
Both of Indiana's US Senate candidates have expressed concern about the amount of money spent by so-called Super PACs in this year's election.
The shortage amounts to a kind of censorship, Gazans say.
The chilies in it give it the right amount of spice without over doing it.
Because the amount was so generous, I knew that the recipe must mean the milder American type of chili sauce .
Mike Davis/The Times Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo and TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky unveil a meter to measure the amount of potato chip bags donated by residents.
Tiny amounts harmful, expert says.
Triple-tiered, chocolaty, and smeared with a modest amount of very rich frosting with a hint of salt, the cake at BLUE SMOKE easily wins the prize, with not a speck of mousse or a chocolate chip in sight.
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Anyone looking for huge amounts of free chocolate should book a flight to Armenia's capital next month.
The state's water utilities may soon have to remove extremely low amounts of hexavalent chromium ( chromium -6, a la Erin Brockovich ) from drinking water.
Those polled say the income-tax break that amounts to about $13 a week is so small that they won't even notice it.
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In science:

The drivers try to maximize their income and hence the amount of passengers they transport.
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles
The life span of an individual is controlled by the amount of effective mutations active at any instant in time.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
The zero modes that one would obtain in the continuum limit are shifted at finite lattice spacing a by an amount proportional to a2 [167].
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
For reasonable simulation parameters, this amount is larger than the level spacing near zero so that the would-be zero modes are completely mixed with the nonzero modes.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The amount of the parts to be deleted is determined by the parameter that control the intensity of randomness.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
The solid zone retreats by an amount d yc (so the top of the convection curve is for the ˙m = 0.1 ˙mEdd, ZCNO = 0.01 mixed H/He ignition zone moves from column yc to yc + d yc ).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
The material which demodel, for which we assume a composition of 73Kr, since the couples from the convection zone takes away an amount of anrp process makes elements beyond the iron group (Schatz et al. gular momentum given by d Jc = -8π(R + ∆zc )4Ωc d yc/3, where 1998 and references therein; Koike et al. 1999).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
The amount of displaced mass is ≈ 4πR2ρ¯zb ≈ 4 × 1019 g, so Eg is only a few keV per nucleon, much less than the energy produced by nuclear burning.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Long Term Stability of the Oscillation Frequency The frequency evolution reported for six bursts is well fit by the model ν (t ) = ν0 - ∆ν e-t /τ, where ν0 is the frequency in the burst tail, ∆ν the amount by which the oscillation frequency changes and τ the decay time.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Indeed, for ˆτ = 0 the dynamics of the system amounts to: Ψ(n + 1) = ˆuΨ(n).
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
This indicates that a huge amount of power has been removed.
Removing Line Interference from Gravitational Wave Interferometer Data
When we have to model a state or an observable from the finite amount of information coming from experimental data it is always possible to choose hω |Φi (hω |Ψi) with well defined analytic extensions to the lower (upper) complex half plane.
Perturbative method for generalized spectral decompositions
If A is an algebra in a variety V, φA is the corresponding clone homomorphism from Clo V to Clo A, and Q is an A-set, then an A-overalgebra structure on Q, totally in V, just amounts to a clone homomorphism φQ : Clo V → CloA Q, such that πφQ = φA .
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
Indeed, changing notation, this amounts to the assertion that if g is rapidly decreasing and g df dz has moderate growth, then gf has moderate growth.
Homology for irregular connections
At T = 0, this amounts to nothing more than a restatement in terms of the fermions of our previous calculations.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
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