
Numbers
(from 1 to 13), theological symbols:
(1) The Unity of God.
(2) The hypostatic union of Christ, both God and man.
(3) The
Trinity.
(4) The number of the Evangelists.
(5) The wounds of the Redecmer: two in the hands, two in the feet,
one in the side.
(6) The creative week.
(7) The gifts of the Holy Ghost (Rev i. 12). Seven times Christ
spoke on the cross.
(8) The number of the beatitudes (Matt. v. 311).
(9) The nine orders of angels (q.v.).
(10) The number of the Commandments.
(11) The number of the apostles who remained faithful.
(12) The original college.
(13) The final number after the conversion of Paul.
Numbers
Army of soldiers.
Regiment, etc.
Assembly
of people.
Batch
or Caste of bread.
Bench
of bishops, magistrates,
etc.
Bevy of roes, quails, larks, pheasants, ladies, etc.
Board of directors.
Brood
of chickens, etc.
Catch
of fish taken in nets, etc.
Clump of trees.
Cluster
of grapes, nuts, stars, etc
Collection
of pictures, curiosities, etc.
Company
of soldiers.
Congregation of
people at church, etc.
Covey
of game birds.
Crew
of sailors.
Crowd
of people.
Drove of horses, ponies, beasts, etc Drum, a crush of company. Federation. A trade union.
Fell
of hair.
Fleet
of ships.
Flight
of bees, birds, stairs, etc.
Flock
of birds,
sheep geese, etc.
Forest of trees.
Galaxy of beauties.
Gang
of slaves, prisoners, thieves, etc.
Haul
of fish caught in a
net.
Head
of cattle.
Herd
of bucks, deer, harts, seals, swine, etc.
Hive of bees.
Host
of men.
House
of senators.
Legion of “foul fiends.”
Library of
books.
Litter of pigs, whelps, etc.
Menagerie of wild
beasts.
Mob of roughs, wild cattle, etc.
Multitude of
men. In law, more than ten.
Muster of peacocks.
Mute
of hounds.
Nest
of rabbits, ants, etc.; shelves, etc.
Nursery of trees,
shrubs, etc.
Pack
of hounds, playing cards, grouse, etc.
Panel of jurymen.
Pencil
of rays, etc.
Pile
of books, wood stacked, etc.
Posse (a sheriff's). Posse (2
syl.).
Pride of lions.
Rabble
of men illbred and illclad.
Regiment
(A) of soldiers.
Rookery
of rooks and seals, also of unhealthy houses.
Rouleau of
money.
School
of whales, etc.
Set
of china, or articles assorted.
Shoal of mackerel.
Shock
of hair, corn, etc.
Skein
of ducks, thread, worsted.
Skulk
of foxes.
Society
(A). Persons associated for some mutual object.
Stack
of corn,
hay, wood (piled together).
String
of horses.
Stud
of mares.
Suit
of clothes.
Suite
of rooms.
Swarm
of bees, locusts, etc.
Take of fish.
Team
of oxen, horses, etc.
Tribe of goats.
Numbers
Odd Numbers. “Numero Deus impare gaudet” (Virgil: Eclogues,
viii. 75). Three indicates the “beginning, middle, and end.” The
Godhead has three persons; so in classic mythology Hecate had threefold
power; Jove's symbol was a triple thunderbolt, Neptune's a
seatrident, Pluto's a threeheaded dog; the Fates were three, the
Furies three, the Graces three, the Horae three; the Muses
threetimesthree. There are seven notes, nine planets, nine orders
of angels, seven days a week, thirteen lunar months, or 365 days a
year, etc., five senses, five fingers on the hand and toes on the foot,
five vowels five continents, etc. etc. A volume might
be filled with illustrations of the saying that “the gods delight in
odd numbers.” (See Odd, Nine.)
Numbers
To consult the Book of Numbers is to call for a division of the
House, or to put a question to the vote. (Parliamentary wit.)
Numbers
Pythagoras looked on numbers as influential principles.
1 is
Unity, and represents Deity, which has no parts.
2 is Diversity, and therefore disorder. The principle of strife and
all evil.
3 is Perfect Harmony, or the union of unity and diversity.
4 is Perfection. It is the first square (2 2 = 4).
5 is the prevailing number in Nature and Art.
6 is Justice (Perfect Harmony being 3, which multiplied by Trinity =
6).
7 is the climacteric number in all diseases. Called the Medical
Number (2 syl.). 2. The Romans dedicated the second month to Pluto, and
the second day of the month to the Manes. They believed it to be the
most fatal number of all.
4 and 6 are omitted, not being prime numbers; 4 is the multiple of
2, and 6 is the multiple of 3.
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