Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Amounting to a large number; many.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Consisting of a great number of individuals: as, a numerous army.
  • A great many; not a few; forming a great number: as, numerous objects attract the attention; attacked by numerous enemies.
  • Consisting of poetic numbers; rhythmical; melodious; musical.
  • In descriptive bot., indefinite in number, usually any number above twenty, as stamens in a flower.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Consisting of a great number of units or individual objects; being many.
  • adjective obsolete Consisting of poetic numbers; rhythmical; measured and counted; melodious; musical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Indefinitely large numerically, many

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective amounting to a large indefinite number

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Latin numerōsus, from numerus, number; see number.]

Examples

  • While covering his presidency, I heard him use the word numerous times, and it was often attributed to him by his friends and aides as well.

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  • Maccarinelli became WBO champion in 2006, successfully defending his title numerous times.

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  • Maccarinelli became WBO champion in 2006, successfully defending his title numerous times.

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  • McCain admits he has used the term numerous times.

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  • Senior congressional Republicans and Democrats said Wednesday they would join forces with the president to fix what they call numerous flaws in the law.

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  • Senior congressional Republicans and Democrats said Wednesday they would join forces with the president to fix what they call numerous flaws in the law.

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  • In a decision dated Friday, another judge, Nathaniel Gorton, ruled against allowing an expert's study, citing what he called numerous flaws in its methodology.

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  • So NORAD now taking the decision, we are told, to put fighter aircraft over what they called numerous U.S. cities.

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  • Northcott said he looks forward to straightening out what he called numerous misunderstandings.

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  • The U.N. Committee Against Torture expressed alarm Friday at what it described as "numerous, consistent and substantiated reports" of human rights violations in Syria, including the killing of peaceful demonstrators, the abuse of detainees, arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial executions and disappearances.

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