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Borrowing of the Latin scribal abbreviation No. from (in) numerō (in number, to the number of). Cognate with French no.

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No. (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Abbreviation of in number or to the number of.
    • 1661, Robert Lovell, A Compleat History of Animals and Minerals, page 129:
      They goe two months, & then bring forth a blind off-spring like bitches, no. eight or nine.
    • 1693, Steven Blankaart, A Physical Dictionary, 2nd edition, page 146:
      Take of Jujubes No vi. that is, Six in number.
    • 1994, Dorland's Medical Dictionary, 28th edition, page 1141:
      No., abbreviation of L. numero, ‘to the number of’.

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No. (plural Nos.)

  1. Abbreviation of number.
    • 1753, A Supplement to Mr Chambers's Cyclopaedia, s.v. "Otis":
      See Tab. of Birds, No 28.
    • 1840 February 4, Charles Dickens, letter:
      I am curious to see how the idea of the first No. of my projected work, strikes you.
    • 1974, Michael Gilbert, Flash Point, page 14:
      It's No. 276 Coalporter Street.
    The king made a gift of No. 10 to his old Eton roommate.

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This is the customary abbreviation for number used in case citations.

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