a number: a figure, a digit (for example 18, 264, 6784); a quantity, an amount, a sum, a total noun
a number of (people didn't come): several, some (people didn't come) idiom
a (musical) number: a song, a piece of music
  • "He has a number of psychological disorders: Doggy dementia, Stockholm syndrome, Acute Adorability, just to name a few."
  • "Number of rooms required: 1"
  • "I've selected a number of provocative outfits for the shoot - Japanese schoolgirl, sexy nurse, dark-haired CEO of a perfume company... just to name a few."
  • "- There's a couple of numbers missing from your social security..."
  • "That's my favorite number, too!"
  • "You'd like my private minitel number?"
  • "Southside Johnny has been the number two man on the Westside for years now."
  • "Oh, and I'll have a Moo goo gai pan that's a number 44 with extra pancakes."
  • "Please leave your name, number and a detailed message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible."
  • "Icarus : Well, we're lucky to have a number of new recruits in our team. We have a gang of snails who handle our outgoing payments."

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