Enumeration means counting or reciting numbers or a numbered list. A waiter’s lengthy enumeration of all the available salad dressings might seem a little hostile if he begins with a deep sigh.

When you’re reciting a list of things, it’s enumeration. Your enumeration of complaints about your hotel room might be received with a smile by the manager, but she may be silently engaging in her own enumeration of the reasons she doesn’t want you at her hotel. The root of the word “number” — numer, from the Latin numerus — is hiding in the middle of enumeration. Just remember to leave out the b from number when you spell it.

Definitions of enumeration
  1. noun

    the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order

    count, counting, numeration, reckoning, tally
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    blood count

    the act of estimating the number of red and white corpuscles in a blood sample
    census, nose count, nosecount

    a periodic count of the population

    counting backward from an arbitrary number to indicate the time remaining before some event (such as launching a space vehicle)

    an inaccurate count

    the counting of votes (as in an election)

    an additional (usually a second) count; especially of the votes in a close election
    sperm count

    the act of estimating the number of spermatozoa in an ejaculate
    CBC, blood profile, complete blood count

    counting the number of white and red blood cells and the number of platelets in 1 cubic millimeter of blood
    differential blood count

    counting the number of specific types of white blood cells found in 1 cubic millimeter of blood; may be included as part of a complete blood count
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    investigating, investigation

    the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

  2. noun

    a numbered list

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    list, listing

    a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)

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