[ 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 .