Some examples of numerical figures in the standard Arabic numbering system are 5, 255 and 81. Numerical figures are numbers expressed using numeric symbols rather than with letters arranged into the numbers' names; for example, "2" rather than "two," or "20" rather than "twenty."
In modern English, the characters 0 through 9 are used as numeric symbols. Numeric symbols express given quantities without explicitly writing out the numbers' names in letters. The English numeric characters are called Arabic numerals because they passed into English usage via Arabic mathematicians.
Other languages use different characters for numerical figures. For example, in Hebrew, Latin and Greek, the letters of the alphabet can be used as numerals. For example, in the Roman numeral system used by Latin, "V" means "5" or "five."