Meaning of A NUMBER in English

A NUMBER

n. A rather large number; numbers. Used when there arc 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.

American idioms English vocabulary.      Английский словарь американских идиом.