Значение идиомы 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.

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Значение идиомы a number