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few

adjective a few, a handful of, a small number of, a sprinkling of, excess of two, few and far between, hardly any, inconsequential, inconsiderable, infrequent, least, less, little, littlest, low, lowest, meager, minimal, minimum, more than two, negligible, not many, not too many, occasional, of small number, petty, picayune, preeious few, rare, scant, scarce, scarcely any, seldom, several, small, smallest, some, sparse, straggling, too few, trifling, unimportant
See also: deficient, infrequent, scarce, several
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The beasts I met with were fewer in number but infinitely more terrible in temper; yet I lived on until there came to me the realization that I was hopelessly lost, that a year of sunshine would not again give me my bearings; and while I was cast down by this terrifying knowledge, the knowledge that I never again could find Lys, I stumbled upon another grave--the grave of William James, with its little crude headstone and its scrawled characters recording that he had died upon the 13th of September--killed by a saber-tooth tiger.
The southern end of the island fairly swarms with the Ho-lu, or apes; next above these are the Alus, who are slightly fewer in number than the Ho-lu; and again there are fewer Bolu than Alus, and fewer Sto-lu than Bo-lu.
3 rooms, 3% with three rooms or fewer, 28% with eight rooms or more; TS15, Yarm, Kirklev-|ington, average 6.
In addition, a new legal age of 21 would result in about 286,000 fewer preterm births, 438,000 fewer cases of low birth-weight and about 4,000 fewer cases of sudden infant death by year 2100.
The fact that so many women are unable to work fewer hours in their current job showed widespread demand for more flexible work was not being met, it claimed.
Police chiefs yesterday hailed the annualHomeOffice statistics, which detailed 20 fewer victims of crime each day in South Wales.
Since Ernesto Valverde became Villarreal's coach last summer, 11 of their 17 Primera Liga games have finished with fewer than 12.
There were 348 fewer domestic burglary reports - down 16.
Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
This includes 116 fewer burglary victims, 407 fewer cars broken into or stolen, 329 fewer assault victims, 1,145 fewer criminal damage victims and 510 fewer other crimes.
John Pedersen of Union Network International Europe added: "Ten years of postal liberalisation in Europe has so far meant fewer post offices, fewer postal outlets, fewer mail boxes and longer distances to access the post - all contrary to EU promises.
Fewer mosquitoes biting people means fewer infections, fewer parasites regenerating and circulating in a given community, fewer cases of malaria to treat, which means stronger, healthier communities, and improved ability to get scarce new drugs to victims.