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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Few  \Few\  (f[=u]),  a.  [Compar.  {Fewer};  superl.  {Fewest}.]  [OE. 
  fewe,  feawe,  AS  fe['a],  pl  fe['a]we;  akin  to  OS  f[=a]h, 
  OHG.  f[=o]  fao,  Icel.  f[=a]r,  Sw  f[*a],  pl.,  Dan.  faa,  pl., 
  Goth.  faus,  L.  paucus,  cf  Gr  pay^ros.  Cf  {Paucity}.] 
  Not  many  small  limited,  or  confined  in  number;  -- 
  indicating  a  small  portion  of  units  or  individuals 
  constituing  a  whole;  often  by  ellipsis  of  a  noun  a  few 
  people.  ``Are  not  my  days  few?''  --Job  x.  20. 
 
  Few  know  and  fewer  care  --Proverb. 
 
  Note:  Few  is  often  used  partitively;  as  few  of  them 
 
  {A  few},  a  small  number. 
 
  {In  few},  in  a  few  words  briefly.  --Shak. 
 
  {No  few},  not  few  more  than  a  few  many  --Cowper. 
 
  {The  few},  the  minority;  --  opposed  to  the  many  or  the 
  majority. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  few 
  adj  :  (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"  [ant:  {many}] 
  n  1:  an  indefinite  but  relatively  small  number;  "they  bought  a 
  case  of  beer  and  drank  a  few" 
  2:  a  small  elite  group  "it  was  designed  for  the  discriminating 
  few" 




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