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{adj: Manx} of or relating to the Isle of Man or its inhabitants or their language
"the Manx fishing industry"
"there are few Manx speakers alive today"



{adj: a few, a couple of} more than one but indefinitely small in number
"a few roses"
"a couple of roses"

{adj: ad-lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, impromptu, offhand, offhanded, off-the-cuff, unrehearsed} with little or no preparation or forethought
"his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment"
"an extemporaneous piano recital"
"an extemporary lecture"
"an extempore skit"
"an impromptu speech"
"offhand excuses"
"trying to sound offhanded and reassuring"
"an off-the-cuff toast"
"a few unrehearsed comments"

{adj: ad-lib, spontaneous, unwritten} said or done without having been planned or written in advance
"he made a few ad-lib remarks"

{adj: breeding} producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring
"the breeding population"
"retained a few bulls for breeding purposes"

{adj: chosen} preferred above all others
"the chosen few"
"her chosen abode"

{adj: clean, fair} (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections
"fair copy"
"a clean manuscript"

{adj: closely-held} owned by a relatively few shareholders
"a closely-held corporation"

{adj: communicational} used in communication
"he had few communicational grooves available for use"

{adj: concise} expressing much in few words
"a concise explanation"
<-> prolix

{adj: conscious} (followed by `of') showing realization or recognition of something
"few voters seem conscious of the issue's importance"
"conscious of having succeeded"
"the careful tread of one conscious of his alcoholic load"- Thomas Hardy

{adj: dateless, timeless} unaffected by time
"few characters are so dateless as Hamlet"
"Helen's timeless beauty"

{adj: dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispy} lacking clarity or distinctness
"a dim figure in the distance"
"only a faint recollection"
"shadowy figures in the gloom"
"saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"
"a few wispy memories of childhood"

{adj: doubtful, tentative} unsettled in mind or opinion
"drew a few tentative conclusions"

{adj: edental, edentate, edentulate} having few if any teeth
"anteaters are edentate animals"

{adj: fewer} (comparative of `few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of
"fewer birds came this year"
"the birds are fewer this year"
"fewer trains were late"
<-> more

{adj: fewest} (superlative of `few' used with count nouns and usually preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the smallest in number
"the fewest birds in recent memory"
<-> most

{adj: few} a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite 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"
<-> many

{adj: halting} fragmentary or halting from emotional strain
"uttered a few broken words of sorrow"

{adj: happy, well-chosen} well expressed and to the point
"a happy turn of phrase"
"a few well-chosen words"

{adj: hardly a} very few
"hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous date and year"

{adj: light, lite, low-cal, calorie-free} having relatively few calories
"diet cola"
"light (or lite) beer"
"lite (or light) mayonnaise"
"a low-cal diet"

{adj: low-rise} used of buildings of one or only a few stories and usually no elevator; low
"looking out over the roofs of low-rise apartment buildings"
<-> high-rise

{adj: low-sudsing} (used of e.g. detergents) producing few suds
<-> high-sudsing

{adj: many} a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number
"many temptations"
"the temptations are many"
"a good many"
"a great many"
"many directions"
"take as many apples as you like"
"too many clouds to see"
"never saw so many people"
<-> few

{adj: noncaloric} of food have no (or few) calories
"a noncaloric drink"

{adj: open-plan} (of rooms or buildings) having large rooms with few dividing partitions

{adj: parsimonious, penurious} excessively unwilling to spend
"parsimonious thrift relieved by few generous impulses"
"lived in a most penurious manner--denying himself every indulgence"

{adj: poor} having little money or few possessions
"deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"
"the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"
<-> rich

{adj: precocial} (of hatchlings) covered with down and having eyes open; capable of leaving the nest within a few days
<-> altricial

{adj: privileged} blessed with privileges
"the privileged few"
<-> underprivileged

{adj: real, tangible} capable of being treated as fact
"tangible evidence"
"his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"

{adj: rough} not perfected
"a rough draft"
"a few rough sketches"

{adj: shining} marked by exceptional merit
"had shining virtues and few faults"
"a shining example"

{adj: short} primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
"a short life"
"a short flight"
"a short holiday"
"a short story"
"only a few short months"
<-> long

{adj: simple} having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved
"a simple problem"
"simple mechanisms"
"a simple design"
"a simple substance"
<-> complex

{adj: superficial, trivial} of little substance or significance
"a few superficial editorial changes"
"only trivial objections"

{adj: traumatic} psychologically painful;"few experiences are more traumatic than losing a child";

{adj: undomesticated} not domesticated
"a few undomesticated horses left"

{adj: unpatronized, unpatronised, patronless} having little patronage or few clients
"a restaurant unpatronized by the elite"
<-> patronized

{adj: well-spoken} speaking or spoken fittingly or pleasingly
"a well-spoken gentleman"
"a few well-spoken words on civic pride"


{adv: about, around} in the area or vicinity
"a few spectators standing about"
"hanging around"
"waited around for the next flight"


{adv: accurately} with few mistakes
"he works very accurately"
<-> inaccurately


{adv: concisely, briefly, shortly, in brief, in short} in a concise manner; in a few words
"the history is summed up concisely in this book"
"she replied briefly"
"briefly, we have a problem"
"to put it shortly"


{adv: frenziedly, hectically} in a frenzied manner
"we rehearsed frenziedly the last few days before the premiere"


{adv: give or take} plus or minus a small amount
"it is a mile away, give or take a few hundred yards"


{adv: gloriously} blessedly or wonderfully
"how gloriously happy she had been during those few fleeting moments of time"


{adv: hard} into a solid condition
"concrete that sets hard within a few hours"


{adv: highly} in a high position or level or rank
"details known by only a few highly placed persons"


{adv: lightly, light} with few burdens
"experienced travellers travel light"


{adv: sonorously, rotundly} in a sonorous manner
"the congregation consisted chiefly of a few young folk, who snored sonorously"


{adv: tenuously} in a tenuous manner
"his works tenuously survive in the minds of a few scholars"

{adv: thickly} spoken with poor articulation as if with a thick tongue
"after a few drinks he was beginning to speak thickly"


{adv: unexcitingly} in an unexciting manner
"this painting was nothing more but an unexcitingly grey canvas with a few red speckles"
<-> excitingly

{adv: unsuspectingly} without suspicions
"he was sitting unsuspectingly beyond that wall only a few yards from the burglar"


{adv: virulently} in a virulent manner
"an old woman advanced a few paces to shake her fist virulently in my face"

{n: Amanita, genus Amanita} genus of widely distributed agarics that have white spores and are poisonous with few exceptions

{n: American feverfew, wild quinine, prairie dock, Parthenium integrifolium} stout perennial herb of the eastern United States with whitish flowers; leaves traditionally used by Catawba Indians to treat burns

{n: Arecidae, subclass Arecidae} one of four subclasses or superorder of Monocotyledones; comprises about 6400 species in 5 families of trees and shrubs and terrestrial herbs and a few free-floating aquatics including: Palmae; Araceae; Pandanaceae and Lemnaceae

{n: Battle of Wake, Battle of Wake Island} in December 1941 the island was captured by the Japanese after a gallant last-ditch stand by a few hundred United States marines

{n: Beaujolais} dry fruity light red wine drunk within a few months after it is made; from the Beaujolais district in southeastern France

{n: Bligh, William Bligh, Captain Bligh} British admiral; was captain of the H.M.S. Bounty in 1789 when part of the crew mutinied and set him afloat in an open boat; a few weeks later he arrived safely in Timor 4,000 miles away (1754-1817)

{n: Cycadales, order Cycadales} primitive tropical gymnosperms abundant in the Mesozoic, now reduced to a few scattered tropical forms

{n: Dermaptera, order Dermaptera} earwigs and a few related forms

{n: Edentata, order Edentata} order of mammals having few or no teeth including: New World anteaters; sloths; armadillos

{n: El Nino southern oscillation} a more intense El Nino that occurs every few years when the welling up of cold nutrient-rich water does not occur; kills plankton and fish and affects weather patterns

{n: Hieracium, genus Hieracium} large genus of perennial hairy herbs of Europe to western Asia to northwestern Africa and North America; few are ornamental; often considered congeneric with Pilosella

{n: Malaxis, genus Malaxis} large genus of largely terrestrial orchids with one or a few plicate leaves and slender spikes or tiny mostly green flowers; cosmopolitan

{n: Phrygian} a Thraco-Phrygian language spoken by the ancient inhabitants of Phrygia and now extinct--preserved only in a few inscriptions

{n: Plantaginaceae, family Plantaginaceae, plantain family} cosmopolitan family of small herbs and a few shrubs; most are troublesome weeds

{n: Sabbath} a day of rest and worship: Sunday for most Christians; Saturday for the Jews and a few Christians; Friday for Muslims

{n: Sabellian} an extinct Osco-Umbrian language of ancient Italy that survives only in a few inscriptions

{n: acute schizophrenic episode, reactive schizophrenia} schizophrenia of abrupt onset and relatively short duration (a few weeks or months)

{n: amplification, elaboration} addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail
"a few remarks added in amplification and defense"
"an elaboration of the sketch followed"

{n: apical placentation} where one or few ovules develop at the top of a simple or compound ovary

{n: assassin bug, reduviid} a true bug: long-legged predacious bug living mostly on other insects; a few suck blood of mammals

{n: association} (ecology) a group of organisms (plants and animals) that live together in a certain geographical region and constitute a community with a few dominant species

{n: authority} (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
"the authorities have issued a curfew"

{n: basal placentation} where one or few ovules develop at the base of a simple or compound ovary

{n: bastard feverfew, Parthenium hysterophorus} tropical American annual weed with small radiate heads of white flowers; adventive in southern United States

{n: box} separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people
"the sentry stayed in his box to avoid the cold"

{n: carpenteria, Carpenteria californica} California evergreen shrub having glossy opposite leaves and terminal clusters of a few fragrant white flowers

{n: change, alteration, modification} an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
"the change was intended to increase sales"
"this storm is certainly a change for the worse"
"the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

{n: clearing, glade} a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area

{n: clementine} a mandarin orange of a deep reddish orange color and few seeds

{n: clinical thermometer, mercury-in-glass clinical thermometer} a mercury thermometer designed to measure the temperature of the human body; graduated to cover a range a few degrees on either side of the normal body temperature

{n: closed corporation, close corporation, private corporation, privately held corporation} a corporation owned by a few people; shares have no public market

{n: closely held corporation} stock is publicly traded but most is held by a few shareholders who have no plans to sell

{n: clozapine, Clozaril} an antipsychotic drug (trade name Clozaril) used as a sedative and for treatment-resistant schizophrenia; know to have few side effects

{n: conciseness, concision, pithiness, succinctness} terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words

{n: crown of thorns, Christ thorn, Christ plant, Euphorbia milii} somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts

{n: crumb} a very small quantity of something
"he gave only a crumb of information about his plans"
"there were few crumbs of comfort in the report"

{n: curfew} a signal (usually a bell) announcing the start of curfew restrictions

{n: curfew} an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited

{n: cymule} a small cyme, generally with few flowers

{n: desert sunflower, Gerea canescens} slender hairy plant with few leaves and golden-yellow flower heads; sandy desert areas of southeastern California to southwestern Utah and western Arizona and northwestern Mexico

{n: edentate} primitive terrestrial mammal with few if any teeth; of tropical Central America and South America

{n: exanthema subitum, roseola infantum, roseola infantilis, pseudorubella} a viral disease of infants and young children; characterized by abrupt high fever and mild sore throat; a few days later there is a faint pinkish rash that lasts for a few hours to a few days

{n: express, limited} public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops
"he caught the express to New York"
<-> local

{n: feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, Chrysanthemum parthenium} bushy aromatic European perennial herb having clusters of buttonlike white-rayed flower heads; valued traditionally for medicinal uses; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum

{n: few-flowered leek, Allium paradoxum} leek producing bulbils instead of flowers; Russia and Iran

{n: few} a small elite group
"it was designed for the discriminating few"

{n: few} an indefinite but relatively small number
"they bought a case of beer and drank a few"

{n: flare star} a red dwarf star in which luminosity can change several magnitudes in a few minutes

{n: golf, golf game} a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes

{n: helmetflower, helmet orchid} any of several orchids of the genus Coryanthes having racemes of a few musky-scented waxy flowers with a helmet-shaped lip process

{n: hypocellularity} the state of having abnormally few cells

{n: installation, installing, installment, instalment} the act of installing something (as equipment)
"the telephone installation took only a few minutes"

{n: interrupted fern, Osmunda clatonia} North American fern having tall erect pinnate fronds and a few sporogenous pinnae at or near the center of the fertile fronds

{n: kink} a difficulty or flaw in a plan or operation
"there are still a few kinks to iron out"

{n: know} the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people
"he is always in the know"

{n: liparis} an orchid of the genus Liparis having few leaves and usually fairly small yellow-green or dull purple flowers in terminal racemes

{n: mountain lady's slipper, Cypripedium montanum} leafy plant having a few stems in a clump with 1 white and dull purple flower in each upper leaf axil; Alaska to northern California and Wyoming

{n: nacreous cloud, mother-of-pearl cloud} a luminous iridescent cloud at a high altitude that may be seen when the sun is a few degrees below the horizon

{n: neon lamp, neon induction lamp, neon tube} a lamp consisting of a small gas-discharge tube containing neon at low pressure; luminescence is produced by the action of currents at high frequencies that are wrapped a few turns around the tube

{n: nothings} inconsequential conversation
"they traded a few nothings as they parted"

{n: odontoglossum} any of numerous and diverse orchids of the genus Odontoglossum having racemes of few to many showy usually large flowers in many colors

{n: old man of the mountain, alpine sunflower, Tetraneuris grandiflora, Hymenoxys grandiflora} whitish hairy plant with featherlike leaves and a few stout stems each bearing an especially handsome solitary large yellow flower head; mountainous regions north central United States

{n: oligarchy} a political system governed by a few people
"one of his cardinal convictions was that Britain was not run as a democracy but as an oligarchy"
"the big cities were notoriously in the hands of the oligarchy of local businessmen"

{n: oligosaccharide} any of the carbohydrates that yield only a few monosaccharide molecules on complete hydrolysis

{n: perversity, perverseness} deliberately deviating from what is good
"there will always be a few people who, through macho perversity, gain satisfaction from bullying and terrorism"

{n: phase I clinical trial, phase I} a clinical trial on a few persons to determine the safety of a new drug or invasive medical device; for drugs, dosage or toxicity limits should be obtained

{n: pogonia} any hardy bog orchid of the genus Pogonia: terrestrial orchids having slender rootstocks and erect stems bearing one or a few leaves and a solitary terminal flower

{n: poor person, have-not} a person with few or no possessions

{n: poverty, poorness, impoverishment} the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
<-> wealth

{n: pumpkin, pumpkin vine, autumn pumpkin, Cucurbita pepo} a coarse vine widely cultivated for its large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin and numerous seeds; subspecies of Cucurbita pepo include the summer squashes and a few autumn squashes

{n: queen, queen mole rat} an especially large mole rat and the only member of a colony of naked mole rats to bear offspring which are sired by only a few males

{n: quiz} an examination consisting of a few short questions

{n: rotten borough} an English parliamentary constituency with few electors

{n: scarlet haw, Crataegus biltmoreana} common shrub or small tree of the eastern United States having few thorns and white flowers in corymbs followed by bright orange-red berries

{n: showy sunflower, Helianthus laetiflorus} tall rough-leaved perennial with a few large flower heads; central United States

{n: sigeh} a Shiite tradition of temporary marriage permitted in Iran that allows a couple to specify the terms of their relationship; can last from a few minutes to 99 years
"sigeh legally wraps premarital sex in an Islamic cloak"

{n: slip, trip} an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
"he blamed his slip on the ice"
"the jolt caused many slips and a few spills"

{n: spina bifida, rachischisis, schistorrhachis} a not uncommon congenital defect in which a vertebra is malformed; unless several vertebrae are affected or there is myelomeningocele there are few symptoms; can be diagnosed by amniocentesis

{n: star tulip, elegant cat's ears, Calochortus elegans} small plant with slender bent stems bearing branched clusters of a few white star-shaped flowers with petals shaped like cat's ears; southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon to Montana

{n: sticky end} an end of DNA in which one strand of the double helix extends a few units beyond the other

{n: stubble} short stiff hairs growing on a man's face when he has not shaved for a few days

{n: toke} a puff of a marijuana or hashish cigarette
"the boys took a few tokes on a joint"

{n: towel rail, towel bar} a horizontal bar a few inches from a wall for holding towels

{n: vower} someone who makes a solemn promise to do something or behave in a certain way
"young vowers of eternal love"
"there are many vowers of chastity but few who observe it"

{n: water avens, Indian chocolate, purple avens, chocolate root, Geum rivale} erect perennial of north temperate zone having pinnate leaves and a few nodding flowers with a brown-purple calyx and orange and pink petals

{n: winter mushroom, Flammulina velutipes} an edible agaric that is available in early spring or late fall when few other mushrooms are; has a viscid smooth orange to brown cap and a velvety stalk that turns black in maturity and pallid gills; often occur in clusters

{n: wireless local area network, WLAN, wireless fidelity, WiFi} a local area network that uses high frequency radio signals to transmit and receive data over distances of a few hundred feet; uses ethernet protocol

{n: yellow mariposa tulip, Calochortus luteus} mariposa having clusters of a few large deep yellow bell-shaped flowers atop slender stems; California coastal ranges

{n: yellow salsify, Tragopogon dubius} European perennial naturalized throughout United States having hollow stems with a few long narrow tapered leaves and each bearing a solitary pale yellow flower

{v: abate, let up, slack off, slack, die away} become less in amount or intensity
"The storm abated"
"The rain let up after a few hours"

{v: allow, grant} let have
"grant permission"
"Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
<-> deny

{v: bag} capture or kill, as in hunting
"bag a few pheasants"

{v: bundle, bundle up, roll up} make into a bundle
"he bundled up his few possessions"

{v: checkmate, mate} place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
"Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"

{v: clamp} impose or inflict forcefully
"The military government clamped a curfew onto the capital"

{v: constitute, represent, make up, comprise, be} form or compose
"This money is my only income"
"The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"
"These constitute my entire belonging"
"The children made up the chorus"
"This sum represents my entire income for a year"
"These few men comprise his entire army"

{v: digest} become assimilated into the body
"Protein digests in a few hours"

{v: disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, impart, break, give away, let out} make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
"The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"
"The actress won't reveal how old she is"
"bring out the truth"
"he broke the news to her"

{v: distill, distil} give off (a liquid)
"The doctor distilled a few drops of disinfectant onto the wound"

{v: escape, get away} remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion
"We escaped to our summer house for a few days"
"The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"

{v: fashion, forge} make out of components (often in an improvising manner)
"She fashioned a tent out of a sheet and a few sticks"

{v: float} allow (currencies) to fluctuate
"The government floated the ruble for a few months"

{v: get out} express with difficulty
"I managed to get out a few words"

{v: get, acquire} come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"
"They acquired a new pet"
"Get your results the next day"
"Get permission to take a few days off from work"

{v: haggle, higgle, chaffer, huckster} wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)
"Let's not haggle over a few dollars"

{v: hang} of meat, in order to get a gamey taste
"hang the venison for a few days"

{v: immigrate} migrate to a new environment
"only few plants can immigrate to the island"

{v: keep} raise
"She keeps a few chickens in the yard"
"he keeps bees"

{v: knock cold, knock out, kayo} knock unconscious or senseless
"the boxing champion knocked out his opponent in a few seconds"

{v: poise} be motionless, in suspension
"The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked"

{v: recommence} cause to start anew
"The Taliban recommenced hostilities after a few days of quiet"

{v: relax, loosen} make less severe or strict
"The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"

{v: rotate} perform a job or duty on a rotating basis
"Interns have to rotate for a few months"

{v: run down, check out} trace
"We are running down a few tips"

{v: run low, run short, go} to be spent or finished
"The money had gone after a few days"
"Gas is running low at the gas stations in the Midwest"

{v: set in, kick in} enter a particular state
"Laziness set in"
"After a few moments, the effects of the drug kicked in"

{v: shorten} make short or shorter
"shorten the skirt"
"shorten the rope by a few inches"

{v: suffice, do, answer, serve} be sufficient ; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
"A few words would answer"
"This car suits my purpose well"
"Will $100 do?"
"A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school"
"Nothing else will serve"

{v: toss off, pop, bolt down, belt down, pour down, down, drink down, kill} drink down entirely
"He downed three martinis before dinner"
"She killed a bottle of brandy that night"
"They popped a few beer after work"

{v: try, seek, attempt, essay, assay} make an effort or attempt
"He tried to shake off his fears"
"The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"
"The police attempted to stop the thief"
"He sought to improve himself"
"She always seeks to do good in the world"

{v: warm up} run until the normal working temperature is reached
"We warmed up the car for a few minutes"

{v: work} move into or onto
"work the raisins into the dough"
"the student worked a few jokes into his presentation"
"work the body onto the flatbed truck"


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