# Natural Numbers

## What Is a Natural Number?

A natural number is a whole number from 1 upwards:

Mathematicians use the symbol to represent the set of natural numbers.

### Dictionary Definition

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a natural number as "a positive whole number (1, 2, 3, etc.)"

## Natural Numbers As Counting Numbers

A natural number is a counting number.

Natural numbers are the numbers you would use to count objects.

## Natural Numbers on the Number Line

The image below shows the natural numbers on the number line.

**Note:** The natural numbers are whole numbers only. They are not found in between the numbers shown.