- a considerable amount or quantity; many: Numbers flocked to the city to see the parade.
- metrical feet; verse.
- musical periods, measures, or groups of notes.
- numbers pool (def. 1).
- Informal. the figures representing the actual cost, expense, profit, etc.: We won't make a decision until we see the numbers.
- Obsolete. arithmetic.
Idioms about number
- according to standard procedure, rules, customs, etc.; orthodoxly; by the book: We're going to run things here by the numbers.
- together or in unison to a called-out count: calisthenics by the numbers.
- to undermine, defeat, humiliate, or criticize thoroughly: The committee really did a number on the mayor's proposal.
- to discuss or discourse about, especially in an entertaining way: She could do a number on anything from dentistry to the Bomb.
- to give a performance; perform: It's time for you to get on stage and do your number.
- Slang. to behave in a predictable or customary manner: Whenever I call, he does his number about being too busy to talk.
- one is (was, will be) in serious trouble.
- one is (was, will be) on the point of death: Convinced that her number was up anyway, she refused to see doctors.
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How to use number in a sentence
As of Thursday, over a quarter-million people in the United States had died of covid-19 as the number of confirmed cases continues to skyrocket.How much is 250,000 deaths? Enough to empty wide swaths of the country.|Lauren Tierney, Tim Meko|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
They may use a number that you know, such as one from a son, daughter or friend.
It’s the 16th straight day that the region’s average daily number of cases has hit a record.Smithsonian museums, zoo to close as coronavirus caseload in D.C. region hits record for 16th day|Dana Hedgpeth, Ovetta Wiggins|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Wisconsin secluded more students at school than any other state and was second only to Texas in the number of students restrained in the 2017-18 school year, the analysis shows.National Ban on School Use of Seclusion and Restraint of Students Introduced in Congress|by Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica and Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune|November 19, 2020|ProPublica
The number of users who pick up books they have put on hold using the online library system, rather than browsing the shelves and then making a selection, increased from 37 percent in 2013 to 50 percent last year.D.C. library system wants to build new branches, including a first in Adams Morgan|Julie Zauzmer|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
This group was far larger, its procession stretching out over two to three city blocks and numbering more than a hundred.
I figure out the approximate outline, the sequence of subject matter for the chapter, numbering the material.
The activists there—numbering about 55 or 60 by nine in the evening yesterday—were harshly critical of Obama.Obama's Presence Shields Palestinian "Anti-Settlement," For Now|Ali Gharib|March 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Republicans, now numbering 47, could filibuster anything they wish.
Now numbering 5,000 across the country, charters receive tax dollars to operate with considerable autonomy and innovation.
There was a famous Bar, including all the big-wigs of course, and some lesser wigs, and numbering more than twenty in all.
This additional line is numbered 480 in the editions; so I omit l. 480 in the numbering.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
The Sunday schools are in a very flourishing state; the girls attending them numbering about 650, and the boys about 500.
The church has two or three “guilds,” the female members thereof numbering about 200, and the males 100.
It came back numbering eight hundred and thirty-eight enlisted men and thirty-eight commissioned officers.A Raw Recruit's War Experiences|Ansel D. Nickerson
British Dictionary definitions for number
- a self-contained piece of pop or jazz music
- a self-contained part of an opera or other musical score, esp one for the stage
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Other Idioms and Phrases with number
In addition to the idiom beginning with number
- number is up, one's
- a number of
- any number of
- back number
- by the numbers
- crunch numbers
- days are numbered
- do a job (number) on
- get (have) someone's number
- hot number
- in round numbers
- look out for (number one)
- opposite number
- safety in numbers