Twenty is a composite number, its proper divisors being 1, 2, 4, 5 and 10. It is also the sum of the first four triangular numbers, making it a tetrahedral number. 20 is the smallest abundant number that is not a multiple of 3. It is a Harshad number and a self number.
20 is the total number of digits on the human body, which makes it a possible candidate for a numeral system.
- The atomic number of calcium.
- The third Magic number (physics).
- The number of proteinogenic amino acids that are encoded by the standard genetic code.
- Messier object M20, a magnitude 5.0 nebula/open cluster in the constellation Sagittarius, also known as the Trifid Nebula.
- The Saros number of the solar eclipse series which began on -2286 June 5 and ended on -1006 July 13. The duration of Saros series 20 was 1280.1 years, and it contained 72 solar eclipses.
- The Saros number of the lunar eclipse series which began on -1966 March 25 and ended on -668 May 12. The duration of Saros series 20 was 1298.1 years, and it contained 73 lunar eclipses.
In other fields
- In a game of chess both players have 20 first moves from which to choose.
- The number 20 is used as an index in measuring visual acuity. 20/20 indicates normal vision at 20 feet, although it is commonly used to mean "perfect vision". When someone is able to see only after an event how things turned out, that person is often said to have had "20/20 hindsight".
- Twenty questions is a popular party game.
- Twenty is the age of majority in Japanese tradition. Someone who is exactly twenty years old is described as hatachi.
- The "Twenty Year Curse" refers to the pattern of the president of the United States elected every twenty years starting with 1840 to die in office. This pattern failed when Reagan survived his time in office.
- NASCAR star Tony Stewart drives a car with the number 20 on it.
- Bands with the number twenty in their name include Matchbox 20.
- A group of twenty units is often referred to as a score.
- A curious survival from the Celtic languages is preserved in folklore from the north of England; this is called the "Lincolnshire Score" or the Shepherd's Score. This is a tally that counts twenty units using this jingle. It is or was sometimes used to count sheep.
- Yan, tan, tethera, pethera, pimp,
- sethera, lethera, hovera, dovera, dick,
- yanadick, tanadick, tetheradick, petheradick, bumfit,
- yanabumfit, tanabumfit, tetherabumfit, petherabumfit, jiggit.
- There are several other variants, but all have similar words for at least the first five units, and the principle of counting 16 to 19 by adding ones to 15, as is done in some Celtic dialects. To compare the Score with Celtic language numbers, see Numbers in various languages.
- The ordinal adjective is vigenary.
- The code for international direct dial phone calls to Egypt.
- Twenty, a village in Lincolnshire
- In the United States Constitution, $20 is the threshold value of civil disputes above which the right to trial by jury is preserved.
- The denomination of U.S. dollar with Andrew Jackson's portrait.
- The designation of Interstate 20, a freeway that runs from Texas to South Carolina.
- Twenty, a 1997 album by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
- Historical years: 20 A.D., 20 B.C., or 1920
- used in reference to a person or object's location.
- CB radio jargon for "a place", being short for "10-20".