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Few vs. Occasional

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Fewdeterminer

(preceded by another determiner) An indefinite, but usually small, number of.

‘I was expecting lots of people at the party, but very few (=almost none) turned up.’; ‘Quite a few of them (=many of them) were pleasantly surprised.’; ‘don't know how many drinks I've had, but I've had a few. [This usage is likely ironic.]’;

Occasionaladjective

Occurring or appearing irregularly from time to time, but not often.

‘He was mostly solitary, but enjoyed the occasional visitor.’; ‘He took an occasional glass of wine.’;

Fewdeterminer

(used alone) Not many; a small (in comparison with another number stated or implied) but somewhat indefinite number of.

‘There are few people who understand quantum theory.’; ‘Many are called, but few are chosen.’;

Occasionaladjective

Created for a specific occasion.

‘Elgar's music was not created to be occasional music for high-school graduations.’;

Fewdeterminer

(US?) Obscuring one eighth to two eighths of the sky.

‘Tonight: A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness overnight.’; ‘NOAA definition of the term "few clouds": An official sky cover classification for aviation weather observations, descriptive of a sky cover of 1/8 to 2/8. This is applied only when obscuring phenomena aloft are present--that is, not when obscuring phenomena are surface-based, such as fog.’;

Occasionaladjective

Intended for use as the occasion requires.

‘What your living room needs are some occasional chairs.’;

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Fewdeterminer

(US?) Having a 10 percent chance of measurable precipitation (0.01 inch); used interchangeably with isolated.

Occasionaladjective

Acting in the indicated role from time to time.

‘He is an occasional writer of letters to the editor.’;

Fewpronoun

Few people, few things.

‘Many are called, but few are chosen.’;

Occasionalnoun

A person who does something only occasionally.

Fewadjective

Not many; small, limited, or confined in number; - indicating a small portion of units or individuals constituting a whole; often, by ellipsis of a noun, a few people.

‘Few know and fewer care.’;

Occasionaladjective

Occuring at times, but not constant, regular, or systematic; made or happening as opportunity requires or admits; casual; incidental; as, occasional remarks, or efforts.

‘The . . . occasional writing of the present times.’;

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Fewnoun

an indefinite but relatively small number;

‘they bought a case of beer and drank a few’;

Occasionaladjective

Produced by accident; as, the occasional origin of a thing.

Fewnoun

a small elite group;

‘it was designed for the discriminating few’;

Occasionaladjective

Of or pertaining to an occasion or to occasions; intended for a specific occasion; for use only when needed, and not regularly.

Fewadjective

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’;

Occasionaladjective

occurring from time to time;

‘took an occasional glass of wine’;

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Occasionaladjective

occurring or appearing at usually irregular intervals;

‘episodic in his affections’; ‘occasional headaches’;

Occasionaladjective

employed in a specified capacity from time to time;

‘casual employment’; ‘a casual correspondence with a former teacher’; ‘an occasional worker’;

Occasionaladjective

occurring, appearing, or done infrequently and irregularly

‘the occasional car went by but no taxis’;

Occasionaladjective

(of furniture) made or adapted for use on a particular occasion or for infrequent use

‘an occasional table’;

Occasionaladjective

(of a literary composition, speech, religious service, etc.) produced on or intended for a special occasion

‘he wrote occasional verse for patrons’;

Occasionaladjective

employed for a particular occasion or on an irregular basis

‘occasional freelancer seeks full-time position’;

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