[ noun ] a large indefinite number
"a battalion of ants" "a multitude of TV antennas" "a plurality of religions"
Used in print(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)
If a nation wished to get a head_start in physical fitness over all other nations , it would start its kindergarten students on a program of gymnastics the day they entered and thus eliminate a large_number of the problems that plague American schools .(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)
In the second place , a large_number of writers , making a more direct claim than Frost to being `` folk_writers '' of one sort or another , clearly make no distinctions between genuine and bogus material .(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)
In the field of entertainment there is no spur to financial daring so effective as audience boredom , and the first decade of the new device was not over before audiences began staying away in large_numbers from the simple-minded , one minute shows .(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
Had the situation been reversed , had , for_instance , England been the enemy in 1898 because of issues of concern chiefly to New_England , there is little doubt that large_numbers of Southerners would have happily put_on their old Confederate uniforms to fight as allies of Britain .(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)
No matter how they are formulated , a large_number of organic actives are simply not suitable for this application , since they do not give adequate soil removal .