- 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.
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Idioms for 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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Example sentences from the Web for number
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.
I spent a month in Sas Town last spring, and we have there a church organization of probationers, numbering twenty-five Krumen.Stanley in Africa|James P. Boyd
Champlain refers to the Neutrals in 1616 as a powerful nation, holding a large extent of country, and numbering 4,000 warriors.The Country of the Neutrals|James H. Coyne
Make a list, numbering from one to twenty, of tunes that are perfectly familiar to every one.Bright Ideas for Entertaining|Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
Not a life was lost on our ships, the wounded only numbering seven, while not a vessel was materially injured.Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|William McKinley
Now, then, Foster, you were explaining about that numbering.Full-Back Foster|Ralph Henry Barbour
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
verb (mainly tr)
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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