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number – convert Arabic numerals to English



number [-l] [# ...]


The number utility prints the English equivalent of the number to the standard output, with each 10^3 magnitude displayed on a separate line. If no argument is specified, number reads lines from the standard input.

The options are as follows:
  Display the number on a single line.


Although number understand fractions, it does not understand exponents.

NUMBER (6) March 31, 1994

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