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Several vs. Few

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  • Several (determiner)

    Separate, distinct; particular. 15th-19th century

  • Several (determiner)

    A number of different; various. (Now merged into later senses, below) from 16th century

  • Several (determiner)

    Consisting of a number more than two but not very many; diverse. from 17th century

  • Several (adverb)

    By itself; severally.

  • Several (noun)

    An area of land in private ownership (as opposed to common land).

  • Several (noun)

    Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual. en

  • Several (noun)

    An enclosed or separate place; enclosure. en

  • Several (noun)

    A woman's loose outer garment, capable of being worn as a shawl, or in other forms.

  • Few (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."

    "I"

    "don't know how many drinks I've had, but I've had a few. [This usage is likely ironic.]"

  • Few (determiner)

    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."

  • Few (determiner)

    (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."

  • Few (determiner)

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

  • Few (pronoun)

    Few people, few things.

    "Many are called, but few are chosen."

Wiktionary
  • Several (adjective)

    Separate; distinct; particular; single.

  • Several (adjective)

    Diverse; different; various.

  • Several (adjective)

    Consisting of a number more than two, but not very many; divers; sundry; as, several persons were present when the event took place.

  • Several (adverb)

    By itself; severally.

  • Several (noun)

    Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual.

  • Several (noun)

    Persons oe objects, more than two, but not very many.

  • Several (noun)

    An inclosed or separate place; inclosure.

  • Few (adjective)

    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.

Webster Dictionary
  • Several (adjective)

    considered individually;

    "the respective club members"

    "specialists in their several fields"

    "the various reports all agreed"

  • Several (adjective)

    distinct and individual;

    "three several times"

  • Several (adjective)

    (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many;

    "several letters came in the mail"

    "several people were injured in the accident"

  • Few (noun)

    an indefinite but relatively small number;

    "they bought a case of beer and drank a few"

  • Few (noun)

    a small elite group;

    "it was designed for the discriminating few"

  • Few (adjective)

    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"

Princeton's WordNet

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