Arithmetic

Positive number definition - math word definition

Numbers can be positive, negative or zero. Positive numbers are the ones you most encounter in everyday life, such as 34, 9.22, etc. When shown on a number line, they are the ones usually drawn on the right of zero, getting larger as you move to the right.

Negative number definition - math word definition

Numbers can be positive, negative or zero. Negative numbers are less than zero and usually mean a value that is a deficit ot shortage. Also can mean a number below some arbitrary reference point. When shown on a number line, they are the ones usually drawn on the left of zero.

Other number topics

Scalar numbers

Counting numbers

Numbers that have factors

Special values