few has definitions from the field of sociology
[ adjective ] (quantifier used with count nouns; often preceded by `a') a small number


"a few weeks ago" "a few more wagons than usual" "an invalid's pleasures are few and far between" "few roses were still blooming" "few women have led troops in battle"

Used in print

(Walter H. Buchsbaum, "Advances in Medical Electronics"...)

From the wealth of material and the wide variety of different electronic techniques perfected in the past few years we have selected a_few examples which appear to be headed for use in the immediate future and which offer completely new tools in medical research .

(Sports Age, 24:9...)

But with the exception of professional athletes , few contact_sports and physical_education activities in our schools have any carryover in the adult life of the average American man or woman .

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

In those days , a wife had mighty few rights in the domestic sphere and even fewer in the sexual sphere .

`` Very few wives '' , says Dr._Calderone , `` who balance the checkbook , fix the car , choose where the family will live and deal with the tradesmen , are suddenly going_to become submissive where sex is concerned .

(Orlin J. Scoville, Part-Time Farming...)

Few rural_areas are protected by zoning .

[ noun ] an indefinite but relatively small number


"they bought a case of beer and drank a few"

Used in print

(John Harnsberger and Robert P. Wilkins,...)

By fall , 443 survivors of this arduous journey were clustered about Fort_Snelling , but most_of them were sent_on to Galena and St._Louis , with a few going as far as Vevay , Indiana , a notable Swiss center in the United_States .

(James Bryant Conant, Slums and Suburbs...)

It is not often realized to_what_degree certain trades are in many communities closed areas of employment , except for a lucky few .

(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)

The central_city areas , in_other_words , exhibit the two characteristics which violate the life_principle of congregations of the major denominations : they have too few middle-class people ; they mix middle-class people with lower-class residents .

[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 11873
[ noun ] (sociology) a small elite group


"it was designed for the discriminating few"

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