Meaning of NUMBER in English

■ noun

1》 an arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol, or figure, representing a particular quantity.

2》 a quantity or amount.

↘( a ~ of ) several.

↘( ~s ) a large quantity or amount; numerical preponderance.

3》 chiefly Brit. a single issue of a magazine.

4》 a song, dance, or other musical item.

5》 informal an item of clothing of a particular type: a little black ~.

6》 a grammatical classification of words that consists typically of singular and plural.

■ verb

1》 amount to.

2》 assign a ~ to.


3》 include as a member of a group.


by ~s following simple instructions identified or as if identified by ~s.

someone's (or something's ) days are ~ed someone or something will not survive or remain in power for much longer.

do a ~ on N. Amer. informal deceive or disparage.

have someone's ~ informal understand a person's real motives or character.

one's ~ is up informal one is doomed to die or suffer some other disaster or setback. [with ref. to a lottery ~ or a ~ by which one may be identified.]

without ~ too many to count.


~less adjective


ME: from OFr. nombre (n.), nombrer (v.), from L. numerus .


The construction the ~ of + plural noun is used with a singular verb (as in the ~ of people affected remains small ). By contrast, the apparently similar construction a ~ of + plural noun is used with a plural verb (as in a ~ of people remain to be contacted ).

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