a number

[a number] {n.} A rather large number; numbers.

- Used when there are more than several and fewer than many.

The parents were invited to see the program, and a number came.

We knew the Smiths rat tier well; we had visited them a number of times.

- Used like an adjective before "less", "more".

We have not set up enough folding chairs; we need a number more.

Compare: QUITE A FEW.