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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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A very few minutes more, however, completed the present trial.
I must be in love; I should be the oddest creature in the world if I were notfor a few weeks at least.
The hall-porter took in his name and a few minutes his uncle joined him in the strangers' room.
Here I will make only a few remarks, just to recall to the reader's mind some of the chief points.
in our fields, because the seeds are in great excess compared with the number of birds which feed on them; nor can the birds, though having a superabundance of food at this one season, increase in number proportionally to the supply of seed, as their numbers are checked during winter: but any one who has tried, knows how troublesome it is to get seed from a few wheat or other such plants in a garden; I have in this case lost every single seed.
A few more yards, and my brains had floated with the spume.
Certainly I think the sea is most luminous after a few days of more calm weather than ordinary, during which time it has swarmed with various animals.
The Beagle anchored a few miles within the entrance, in front of the ruins of an old Spanish settlement.
He seemed endeavouring to collect his thoughts for a few seconds, and then grasping me tightly by the wrist said, "Don't leave me--don't leave me, old fellow.
He opened his eyes after a few seconds, and looked anxiously round.
A few men, therefore, will possess all the knowledge requisite for a proper representation of them.
My servants will there find some tokens to remember me by; and there are a few charities which, I trust, my executors will see faithfully performed.