Meaning of NUMB in English

NUMB

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a big/smash/number 1 etc hit

the Beatles’ greatest hits

Which band had a hit with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?

a card number

What's your card number?

a combination/variety/number of factors

A combination of factors led to the closure of the factory.

a four/five/six etc figure number (= a number in the thousands/ten thousands/hundred thousands etc )

Choose a four figure number that you can easily remember.

A growing number

A growing number of people are taking part-time jobs.

a number of occasions

The crowd interrupted her speech on a number of occasions.

a phone number

Can I have your phone number?

a random number

Pick a random number.

a record number/level/time etc

Pollution in the lake has reached record levels.

a rise in the number of sth

There has been a rise in the number of arrests for drug offences.

an equal number/amount

Both candidates received an equal number of votes.

an infinite number/variety of sth

There was an infinite variety of drinks to choose from.

An unknown number of

An unknown number of people were killed.

atomic number

be equal in number/numbers

In higher education, women are equal in numbers to men.

be ranked fourth/number one etc

Agassi was at that time ranked sixth in the world.

box number

cardinal number

considerable amount/number etc of sth

We’ve saved a considerable amount of money.

cushy number (= an easy job or life )

a very cushy number

daytime telephone number (= the number of the telephone you use during the day )

Can I take your daytime telephone number ?

double in size/number/value etc

Within two years the company had doubled in size.

double the amount/number/size etc

We’ll need double this amount for eight people.

double the size/number/amount etc (of sth)

A promise was given to double the number of police on duty.

E number

extension number

Do you know Mr Brown’s extension number ?

home address/number (= the address or telephone number of your house )

ICE number

insignificant number/amount

large number

A large number of students have signed up for the course.

limited number/amount/time etc

There are only a limited number of tickets available.

look out for yourself/number one (= think only of the advantages you can get for yourself )

maximum amount/number etc

Work out the maximum amount you can afford to spend.

number 1/5/15 etc in the charts

In 1962 'Love Me Do' reached only number 17 in the charts.

number cruncher

number crunching

number one

The University of Maine has the number one hockey team in the country.

number one

Until his marriage, his job was number one in his life.

number plate

Number Ten

number two

number/license/registration plate (= on a car )

Did anyone see the car’s license plate?

ordinal number

personal identification number

prime number

production number

registration number

sb’s number one fan

She told Dave that she was his number one fan.

serial number

Each computer has a serial number on it.

sizeable amount/number

a sizeable amount of money

small number

Only a relatively small number of people were affected.

telephone number

What’s your telephone number?

the exact amount/number/figure

I don’t know the exact amount, but it was a lot.

the flight number

Write the flight number on all your luggage labels.

the number one suspect (= the main suspect )

I was the one who found her. And that makes me the number one suspect for her murder.

the top/main/number one priority

Controlling spending is his top priority.

three-digit/four-digit etc number

4305 is a four-digit number.

twice the size/number/rate/amount etc

an area twice the size of Britain

unlimited number

The system can support an unlimited number of users.

whole number

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

X number of people/things

beyond/without number

It is to risk leaving out what religion is really about, rather like music without sound, or mathematics without numbers .

The potential applications are almost without number .

They forgot the message times without number .

Zbigniew Shapira, not yet thirty, had talents without number .

black/elegant etc (little) number

bring the total/number/score etc to sth

A $ 7 parking fee and an automatic $ 12. 15 tip brought the total to $ 93. 15.

By the time it was eventually closed in 1988, new investors had brought the total to £116 million.

Cruz also said Muni planned to hire at least 12 additional safety staffers, bringing the total to 72.

It is estimated that this element would bring the total to over 20,000.

Michael Forbes of New York, already had declared his opposition to Gingrich, bringing the total to four.

More than 30 square miles have been annexed into the city, bringing the total to 193.

The armed forces are said to have sent an extra 2,000 troops to the border area, bringing the total to 3,500.

do a number on sb/sth

Danny did a real number on the car.

It was a small piece of shrapnel, but it did a number on the left cheek of my hind end.

have sb's number

You can tell Cara has his number . She knows exactly how to handle him when he's mad.

look out for number one

We manoeuvre in the world constantly looking out for Number One.

number among sth/be numbered among sth

number one/two/three etc seed

public enemy number one

Rats have been branded public enemy No. 1 in Bangladesh.

She had done nothing wrong, yet between them Rourke and Rebecca were making her feel like public enemy number one.

Taylor has turned into public enemy number one.

sb's number comes up

sb's number is up

This could be the year a lot of politicians find their number is up.

When my number is up, I want it to be quick.

Competition prize winners Kathryn Winkler of Dundee, your lucky number is up.

shoot to number one/to the top of the charts etc

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

His legs grew so numb he couldn't move.

It was so cold my fingers had gone numb .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

He stuck his hands into his pockets, the fingers numb and red.

Researchers speculate that this area becomes overloaded and shuts down eventually, leaving the woman numb and clinically depressed.

She felt numb and tired and surprised herself by managing to sleep deeply and well.

She felt numb , unable to respond.

She ran the water out of the basin and held her wrists under the cold tap until they were numb .

Their taste buds are numb by now.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

pain

If not, then how can I numb the pain ?

Soak rist in cold water to numb the pain .

The cold water would numb the pain .

The way Strug fought off numbing pain in her left ankle after a fall on her second-to-last vault.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

X number of people/things

a fair size/amount/number/bit/distance etc

But a fair number of them went on to greater things.

It prefers a fair amount of nutritious detritus.

Scientists must proceed cautiously, moving ahead only with the assent of a fair number of their colleagues.

Thanks to the inherently leaky nature of the water industry, there is already a fair amount of information to go on.

That involved a fair amount of travel.

There was a fair amount going on.

They'd have a fair bit of tidying up to do before they left.

You may also be involved in a fair amount of travel.

a goodish distance/number etc

a goodly number/sum/amount etc

It seems fair to assume that she will attract the attention of a goodly number of our countrymen.

Small Dave had spent a goodly amount of time impressing upon him the importance of finding a camel.

The Thatcher Years have been splendid ones for a goodly number of golf members throughout this Royal and Ancient land of ours.

back issue/copy/number

A little later Bacon appeared, walked up to their table and asked Minton why he did not look after his back numbers.

Anyway, I thought you ought to know you have your reader back , and I enclose £4 for 4 back issues.

Lifelong readers who kept the back issues piled in their attics renewed their subscriptions like clockwork at the five-year rate.

Mackey had seen handbooks on guerrilla tactics, back issues of a racist magazine Guy published.

My parents collected all their copies of Wimpey News and we have back numbers going back to the 1940s.

Six issues cost $ 39, and new and back issues are available.

beyond/without number

It is to risk leaving out what religion is really about, rather like music without sound, or mathematics without numbers .

The potential applications are almost without number .

They forgot the message times without number .

Zbigniew Shapira, not yet thirty, had talents without number .

black/elegant etc (little) number

contact number/address/details

Books can be entered and modified as can contact details.

Frequently there is no contact number, so even if we like the music, we can't do much about it.

Gave the name of his solicitors in London as his contact address.

The video box illustration carries various official body contact addresses on the back for further information on the river.

These advertisements generally use a Box number at the publication as the contact address and may be placed by the client.

These provide the contact details and an indication of charges for more than 20 online brokers.

This time we have remembered to put our contact numbers below.

do a number on sb/sth

Danny did a real number on the car.

It was a small piece of shrapnel, but it did a number on the left cheek of my hind end.

have sb's number

You can tell Cara has his number . She knows exactly how to handle him when he's mad.

look out for number one

We manoeuvre in the world constantly looking out for Number One.

magic number/word

The Maharishi's followers say that 7000 is a magic number.

Al knew at once that he had heard A very secret magic word.

Bacon could argue that Antichrist would invoke stellar influences and magic words having the power to produce physical effects.

Charles would capture one of the boys and only release him if he said the magic word.

For Geteles and others, potential was the magic word, the answer to all the talk about standards.

If that magic number is reached, the deal becomes an international treaty.

Once a patient has his magic number, does it have any effect?

The magic words had been uttered.

This is done by listening to a tape and writing on your application form a magic number.

number one/two/three etc seed

odd number

An odd number of classes provides a neutral mid-point.

An individual scorer might be useful where an odd number of people are concerned.

Clearly the northern fleet is being reinforced from the southern; but why the odd numbers?

Erect verticals upon the odd numbers, 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.

He said that we have to prove that no odd number can be perfect.

I have no idea why it is always an odd number.

Three arrangements with eight fences; five with ten fences ... odd numbers ... Was there a pattern?

You need to have an odd number of colours, including the background.

premium rate number/line/service

Because of the high cost of providing and gathering this information, Climbline would not exist were it not a premium rate service.

Choice has not been considered in premium rate services.

That is certainly true in the context of telecommunications and, more specifically, in premium rate services.

public enemy number one

Rats have been branded public enemy No. 1 in Bangladesh.

She had done nothing wrong, yet between them Rourke and Rebecca were making her feel like public enemy number one.

Taylor has turned into public enemy number one.

public enemy number one

She had done nothing wrong, yet between them Rourke and Rebecca were making her feel like public enemy number one.

Taylor has turned into public enemy number one.

sb's number comes up

sb's number is up

This could be the year a lot of politicians find their number is up.

When my number is up, I want it to be quick.

Competition prize winners Kathryn Winkler of Dundee, your lucky number is up.

sb's opposite number

total number/amount/cost etc

Additional disk space is a dollar or two per megabyte per month, depending on total amount.

Microcell bid only in southern Ontario for a total cost of $ 19.2-million.

Multiply the number of widths by the number of pattern repeats per drop to give the total number of pattern repeats required.

The total amount of contributions and tax paid by each employee is entered on the P35.

The total cost has been several million pounds more than budgeted.

The total number of jobless rose to 615, 830 from 609, 670.

The total number of registered voters was 1,732,000 aged 16 and over.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

The cold wind numbed my face and hands.

The prisoners were numbed by their years in jail.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

All these firms seem to be eight miles high, with the same numbing view of the lake and the mills.

It induces euphoria, numbs concentration and generally slows down reactions, increasing the likelihood of a bumpy return to earth.

So many films with so little time torture the eyeballs and numb the brain.

The array is bewildering and the effect is numbing.

The cold water would numb the pain.

There was continuous driving rain, and a cold that numbed me.

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