fewness

Definitions

  • A FEW 'UNCONVERTED MOUNTAINS,' NEAR REDLANDS
    A FEW 'UNCONVERTED MOUNTAINS,' NEAR REDLANDS
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fewness the quality of being small in number
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A rural landscape, with a few houses and farms scattered around A rural landscape, with a few houses and farms scattered around
A few 17th-century handwrought hinges in the Jamestown collection A few 17th-century handwrought hinges in the Jamestown collection
Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior
A few fireplace tools unearthed at Jamestown A few fireplace tools unearthed at Jamestown
A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle fragments, spout, colander fragments, and pot hooks A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle...
A few knives, forks, and spoons unearthed at Jamestown A few knives, forks, and spoons unearthed at Jamestown
A few examples of lead-glazed earthenware made in England during the 17th century. All were unearthed at Jamestown A few examples of lead-glazed earthenware made in England during the 17th century. All were unearthed at Jamestown
A few examples of English delftware in the Jamestown collection A few examples of English delftware in the Jamestown collection

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Nylons first went on sale in the United States in 1940, four million pairs were sold in only a few days
    • Fewness Brevity; conciseness.
    • Fewness The state of being few; smallness of number; paucity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of the four Presidents on Mount Rushmore, died a few months before the project was completed. It took him 14 years.
    • n fewness The state of being few; paucity.
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Quotations

  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “There are few good women who do not tire of their role.”
  • Ovid
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    “Forbear to lay the guilt of a few on the many.”
  • Oliver Cromwell
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    “A few honest men are better than numbers.”
  • Orlando A. Battista
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    “The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us.”
  • Norman Mailer
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    “In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent.”

Idioms

Been around the block a few times - Someone who says they've been around the block a few times is indicating that they have life experience relating to the topic at hand. It is not necessary to discuss the introductory aspects of the topic or give beginner level advice.
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Few and far between - If things are few and far between, they happen very occasionally.
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Ruffle a few feathers - If you ruffle a few feathers, you annoy some people when making changes or improvements.
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Usage

In literature:

Few, very few, will float on water.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
A few more slid out to join them, until a small group stood outside the auditorium.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
A few, who seemed the leaders, went about ordering, pointing to places where a few stakes had been driven.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
There was land enough for all who wanted it, and few enough to claim it.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
Every now and then I hear a few words.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
He may live on paralysed for a few months or longer, but there is no hope of cure.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Then there were a few seamen, fishermen, or men who in the days of peace manned the local coasting craft.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
I usually have some few hives with too little honey, as well as too few bees.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Whence they came nobody knew; but within a few days of landing on the soil very few men had escaped their attention.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
He had read only a few lines when he started and changed colour.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
He saw now the trees might have been firs, but with small, twisted trunks, few branches except near the top, and very few leaves.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
The class will halt a few paces from it and try to find it.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
She sat watching him smoke for a few moments without saying anything more.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
We had no artillery to speak of, and very few airplanes.
"The Black Watch" by Scout Joe Cassells
Do leave a few cherries for me!
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
It must be worth a few piastres, mother says.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
He begged Oswald to remain a few minutes in his "cell," since "Gustava was ruling still in the kitchen.
"Problematic Characters" by Friedrich Spielhagen
At most, Czepanek's picture remained alive only in a few bar-rooms and a few girls' hearts.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
A dinner unique in its character was given a few years ago by Lord Dufferin, the English ambassador to France.
"The Century Cook Book" by Mary Ronald
In proof of this, I have only to refer to a few of the well-known facts of our political history.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
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In poetry:

She said: "'Tis seven years since I died:
Few now remember me;
My husband clasps another bride;
My children mothers she.
"Her Immortality" by Thomas Hardy
She dwelt among the untrodden ways
Beside the springs of Dove,
Maid whom there were none to praise
And very few to love:
"Lucy " by William Wordsworth
No bluer, calmer sky surmounted
The city of my dream,
And what few trees could then be counted
Did full as gracious seem.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
A few young men, only a few,
Paid any heed to thee,
Today thou'rt heard in all the lands,
Thou'rt spread from sea to sea.
"Y. M. C. A. Founder. Sir Geo. Williams." by Frank Barbour Coffin
Few are the feet that seek her here, but sleeping
Thoughts sweet as flowers
Linger for hours,
Things winged, yet weeping.
"Quiet" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
An hour may yet be yielded us,
Or a very little more —
Then a few tears, and silence
For evermore, Lily, For evermore!
"The Pity Of It " by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

In news:

Like any good television series, last night's finale of 24/7 closed out the story lines of its main characters, though not necessarily in the way we'd have expected a few weeks ago, or even a few days ago.
A few lakes froze early and a few lakes still have open water, with the rest of the lakes somewhere between the two extremes.
I have had so many second dinners when I go to people's homes that I gained a few pounds within the first few months.
With only a few days left for Gov Jerry Brown to sign or veto a stack of bills passed by legislators last month, he took action on quite a few controversial ones Tuesday.
There are a few domestic species that just plod along at the retail level, with a few sales here and a few sales there.
The tiny Illinois farm town of Red Bud is the kind of place with few strangers and few secrets.
Seniors looking to save a few dollars on prescriptions only have a few weeks to sign up for the Medicare drug discount card.
Turns out she's a great artist who's painted a few basses for Rob, for Warwick Basses and even has been asked to design a few bass picks for Rob on the last couple tours.
The ship will stay a few miles off the coast for a few days before docking at its permanent home.
Here are a few pictures of Will's first few weeks.
Here are a few things we overheard from a few teens.
When we started creating the visual world for American Idiot, there were a few things I wanted to do and a few things I wanted to avoid.
The Gracious Few comes to perform in York, PA. Former band members of "Live" and "Candlebox" form a new band "The Gracious Few".
Many Boomers have passed down the road map to success that includes few curves and very few stops.
Mississippi is back in recession, but few people probably paid much notice a few weeks ago when state economists made the announcement.
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In science:

Pulsations have been suggested in a few brown dwarfs, but are expected to have characteristic periods of only a few hours (Palla and Baraffe 2005).
Near-Infrared Light Curves of the Brown Dwarf Eclipsing Binary 2MASS J05352184-0546085: Can Spots Explain the Temperature Reversal?
In fact we made a few cuts though Fig. 8; a few horizontal scans, one scan along the vertical axis and finally several scans, where we followed a curved resonance line and could clearly observe the oscillations.
Observation of Stueckelberg oscillations in dipole-dipole interactions
In order to reconstruct precisely both low energy (few keV) and the 3D track of a nuclear recoil (few mm), we chose to use a micro-pattern gaseous detector, and more precisely a bulk micromegas .
A prototype of a directional detector for non-baryonic dark matter search: MIMAC (Micro-TPC Matrix of Chambers)
Finally, we need to precisely measure energy of a few keV and to reconstruct 3D tracks of a few mm.
A prototype of a directional detector for non-baryonic dark matter search: MIMAC (Micro-TPC Matrix of Chambers)
For the typical SMBHB detected by LISA at z ≈ 1 − 2, the sky position and the redshift will be known to the accuracy of δ(∆Ω) ∼ few × 0.1 square degrees, and δz ≈ few × 0.01, respectively (the latter limited by weak lensing errors; e.g.
Hydrodynamical Response of a Circumbinary Gas Disk to Black Hole Recoil and Mass Loss
Also, due to the large wavelengths (a few megameters) and short periods (a few minutes) that may be involved in the corona, a large field of view, short integration time and proper resolution are needed for their detection in the corona.
The role of torsional Alfven waves in coronal heating
Star clusters in the disk of a spiral galaxy, such as our own Milky Way, generally contain far fewer stars, on the order of a few hundred or sometimes a few thousand.
AstroSim: Collaborative Visualization of an Astrophysics Simulation in Second Life
These planets orbit their evolved binary host at separations of only a few AU, where the pre-stellar evolution orbits of these binaries might have as wide as a few AU (e.g.
Second generation planets
Additionally, mirrors can also be used to generate a few µrad deflection-angle, which is not important within the undulator but will create further separation of a few millimeters at the position of the experimental station.
Scheme for femtosecond-resolution pump-probe experiments at XFELs with two-color ten GW-level X-ray pulses
The interaction with the gas disc can bring the binary on a tighter orbit down to a few parsecs in a reasonable amount of time (few Myr) .
The search for spinning black hole binaries in mock LISA data using a genetic algorithm
Besides few standard accelerators often used in GA we have introduced few new ones, specific to the MBH binary search problem.
The search for spinning black hole binaries in mock LISA data using a genetic algorithm
Mutation is a random change of few alleles in a gene of an organism; in our algorithm it corresponds to changing few bits in a representation of a parameter value of a template.
The search for spinning black hole binaries in mock LISA data using a genetic algorithm
For comparison, majority of the low-mass protostars in nearby (d . 250 pc) molecular clouds have luminosites Lbol ≤ a few × L⊙ , the highest observed values being ∼ 70 L⊙ in only a few cases (e.g., Evans et al. 2009).
LABOCA mapping of the infrared dark cloud MSXDC G304.74+01.32
Whereas this effect may not be evident in today’s surveys involving a few hundreds of supernovae and few available bands, it will become very significant for future surveys.
Reducing Zero-point Systematics in Dark Energy Supernova Experiments
The process is ultrafast with typical lifetimes of few to few tens of femtoseconds, quenching all other energetically allowed relaxation modes of the system.
Ultrafast interatomic electronic decay in multiply excited clusters
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