- nounA rather large number; numbers. - Used when there are more than several and fewer than many.
The parents were invited to see the program, and a number came.
We knew the Smiths rattier well; we had visited them a number of times.- Used like an adjective before "less", "more".
We have not set up enough folding chairs; we need a number more.Compare: quite a few
Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". Оригинал: A.Маккей, М.Т.Боткер, Дж.И.Гейтс. 1997.
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