# Another Word For Integer

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## Meaning

An **integer** is a whole number that can be positive, negative, or zero but does not include fractions or decimals. In mathematical terms, integers are the set of numbers that can be represented without any fractional or decimal component.

## Synonyms

- Whole number
- Signed number
- Counting number

## Antonyms

- Fraction
- Decimal
- Rational number (in the sense of non-integers)

## Etymology

The word **integer** comes from the Latin word "integer," which means "untouched" or "whole." It reflects the idea of completeness in the context of whole numbers.

## Examples

- The set of integers includes -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, and 3.
- When counting how many apples are on the table, you would use integers since you cannot have half an apple.
- In programming, you might declare a variable as an integer to ensure it can only hold whole number values.