from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Amounting to or consisting of a small number.
- adjective Being more than one but indefinitely small in number.
- noun An indefinitely small number of persons or things.
- noun An exclusive or limited number.
- pronoun A small number of persons or things.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Not many; a small number; only a small number.
- noun Not many; only a small number (of persons or things): in this use properly an adjective, used elliptically as a plural noun, and not preceded by the article.
- noun A small number; a minority: in this sense preceded by the article a (originally in the plural) or the, with or without a noun following, the noun, if used, expressing the whole of which the few are taken, and being in the partitive genitive, with or without the preposition of: as, a few, or a few members, or a few of the members, dissented.
- noun A small quantity or portion; a little: followed by a noun (without of) in a construction similar to def. 2 and to that of little, n.
- noun See II., 3.
- noun Adv. phr. Somewhat; to some slight extent: often used ironically for a good deal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Not many; small, limited, or confined in number; -- indicating a small portion of units or individuals constituting a whole; often, by ellipsis of a noun, a few people.
- adjective a small number.
- adjective in a few words; briefly.
- adjective not few; more than a few; many.
- adjective the minority; -- opposed to
the manyor the majority.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- determiner preceded by another determiner An
indefinite, but usually small, numberof.
- determiner used alone Not
many; a small (in comparison with another number stated or implied) but somewhat indefinite number of.
- determiner meteorology, of clouds (US?) Obscuring one eighth to two eighths of the sky.
- determiner meteorology, of rainfall with regard to a location (US?) Having a 10 percent chance of measurable precipitation (0.01 inch); used interchangeably with
- pronoun Few people, few things.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number
- noun a small elite group
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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I wish I could place every one before my readers to receive the meed of praise she so richly deserves; only a few, _very few_, names now occur to me.
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It is true, there were a few scraps of putrid fish in the boat, and Tom had found a fishing-line under the bottom-boards forward, so that, having a line and the wherewithal to bait it, they might possibly succeed in catching a _few_ fish.
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In one part of Tartary, there is a chain of mountains, and there are a few towns, and trees, but _very few_.
Our sage critics are not aware how many and whom they include in the denunciation of 'a few men who _pretend_ to all the knowledge, all the wisdom of the country; 'if by a _few_ they mean all who have spoken in the most favorable terms of Mr. Schoolcraft's book.
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