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a big/smash/number 1 etc hit
▪ the Beatles’ greatest hits
▪ Which band had a hit with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?
a card number
▪ What's your card number?
a combination/variety/number of factors
▪ A combination of factors led to the closure of the factory.
a four/five/six etc figure number (=a number in the thousands/ten thousands/hundred thousands etc)
▪ Choose a four figure number that you can easily remember.
A growing number
A growing number of people are taking part-time jobs.
a number of occasions
▪ The crowd interrupted her speech on a number of occasions.
a phone number
▪ Can I have your phone number?
a random number
▪ Pick a random number.
a record number/level/time etc
▪ Pollution in the lake has reached record levels.
a rise in the number of sth
▪ There has been a rise in the number of arrests for drug offences.
an equal number/amount
▪ Both candidates received an equal number of votes.
an infinite number/variety of sth
▪ There was an infinite variety of drinks to choose from.
An unknown number of
An unknown number of people were killed.
atomic number
be equal in number/numbers
▪ In higher education, women are equal in numbers to men.
be ranked fourth/number one etc
▪ Agassi was at that time ranked sixth in the world.
box number
cardinal number
considerable amount/number etc of sth
▪ We’ve saved a considerable amount of money.
cushy number (=an easy job or life)
▪ a very cushy number
daytime telephone number (=the number of the telephone you use during the day)
▪ Can I take your daytime telephone number ?
double in size/number/value etc
▪ Within two years the company had doubled in size.
double the amount/number/size etc
▪ We’ll need double this amount for eight people.
double the size/number/amount etc (of sth)
▪ A promise was given to double the number of police on duty.
E number
extension number
▪ Do you know Mr Brown’s extension number?
home address/number (=the address or telephone number of your house)
ICE number
insignificant number/amount
large number
▪ A large number of students have signed up for the course.
limited number/amount/time etc
▪ There are only a limited number of tickets available.
look out for yourself/number one (=think only of the advantages you can get for yourself)
maximum amount/number etc
▪ Work out the maximum amount you can afford to spend.
number 1/5/15 etc in the charts
▪ In 1962 'Love Me Do' reached only number 17 in the charts.
number cruncher
number crunching
number one
▪ The University of Maine has the number one hockey team in the country.
number one
▪ Until his marriage, his job was number one in his life.
number plate
Number Ten
number two
number/license/registration plate (=on a car)
▪ Did anyone see the car’s license plate?
ordinal number
personal identification number
prime number
production number
registration number
sb’s number one fan
▪ She told Dave that she was his number one fan.
serial number
▪ Each computer has a serial number on it.
sizeable amount/number
▪ a sizeable amount of money
small number
▪ Only a relatively small number of people were affected.
telephone number
▪ What’s your telephone number?
the exact amount/number/figure
▪ I don’t know the exact amount, but it was a lot.
the flight number
▪ Write the flight number on all your luggage labels.
the number one suspect (=the main suspect)
▪ I was the one who found her. And that makes me the number one suspect for her murder.
the top/main/number one priority
▪ Controlling spending is his top priority.
three-digit/four-digit etc number
▪ 4305 is a four-digit number.
twice the size/number/rate/amount etc
▪ an area twice the size of Britain
unlimited number
▪ The system can support an unlimited number of users.
whole number
X number of people/things
beyond/without number
▪ It is to risk leaving out what religion is really about, rather like music without sound, or mathematics without numbers.
▪ The potential applications are almost without number.
▪ They forgot the message times without number.
▪ Zbigniew Shapira, not yet thirty, had talents without number.
black/elegant etc (little) number
bring the total/number/score etc to sth
▪ A $ 7 parking fee and an automatic $ 12. 15 tip brought the total to $ 93. 15.
▪ By the time it was eventually closed in 1988, new investors had brought the total to £116 million.
▪ Cruz also said Muni planned to hire at least 12 additional safety staffers, bringing the total to 72.
▪ It is estimated that this element would bring the total to over 20,000.
▪ Michael Forbes of New York, already had declared his opposition to Gingrich, bringing the total to four.
▪ More than 30 square miles have been annexed into the city, bringing the total to 193.
▪ The armed forces are said to have sent an extra 2,000 troops to the border area, bringing the total to 3,500.
do a number on sb/sth
▪ Danny did a real number on the car.
▪ It was a small piece of shrapnel, but it did a number on the left cheek of my hind end.
have sb's number
▪ You can tell Cara has his number. She knows exactly how to handle him when he's mad.
look out for number one
▪ We manoeuvre in the world constantly looking out for Number One.
number among sth/be numbered among sth
number one/two/three etc seed
public enemy number one
▪ Rats have been branded public enemy No. 1 in Bangladesh.
▪ She had done nothing wrong, yet between them Rourke and Rebecca were making her feel like public enemy number one.
▪ Taylor has turned into public enemy number one.
sb's number comes up
sb's number is up
▪ This could be the year a lot of politicians find their number is up.
▪ When my number is up, I want it to be quick.
▪ Competition prize winners Kathryn Winkler of Dundee, your lucky number is up.
shoot to number one/to the top of the charts etc
▪ His legs grew so numb he couldn't move.
▪ It was so cold my fingers had gone numb.
▪ He stuck his hands into his pockets, the fingers numb and red.
▪ Researchers speculate that this area becomes overloaded and shuts down eventually, leaving the woman numb and clinically depressed.
▪ She felt numb and tired and surprised herself by managing to sleep deeply and well.
▪ She felt numb, unable to respond.
▪ She ran the water out of the basin and held her wrists under the cold tap until they were numb.
▪ Their taste buds are numb by now.
▪ If not, then how can I numb the pain?
▪ Soak rist in cold water to numb the pain.
▪ The cold water would numb the pain.
▪ The way Strug fought off numbing pain in her left ankle after a fall on her second-to-last vault.
X number of people/things
a fair size/amount/number/bit/distance etc
▪ But a fair number of them went on to greater things.
▪ It prefers a fair amount of nutritious detritus.
▪ Scientists must proceed cautiously, moving ahead only with the assent of a fair number of their colleagues.
▪ Thanks to the inherently leaky nature of the water industry, there is already a fair amount of information to go on.
▪ That involved a fair amount of travel.
▪ There was a fair amount going on.
▪ They'd have a fair bit of tidying up to do before they left.
▪ You may also be involved in a fair amount of travel.
a goodish distance/number etc
a goodly number/sum/amount etc
▪ It seems fair to assume that she will attract the attention of a goodly number of our countrymen.
▪ Small Dave had spent a goodly amount of time impressing upon him the importance of finding a camel.
▪ The Thatcher Years have been splendid ones for a goodly number of golf members throughout this Royal and Ancient land of ours.
back issue/copy/number
▪ A little later Bacon appeared, walked up to their table and asked Minton why he did not look after his back numbers.
▪ Anyway, I thought you ought to know you have your reader back, and I enclose £4 for 4 back issues.
▪ Lifelong readers who kept the back issues piled in their attics renewed their subscriptions like clockwork at the five-year rate.
▪ Mackey had seen handbooks on guerrilla tactics, back issues of a racist magazine Guy published.
▪ My parents collected all their copies of Wimpey News and we have back numbers going back to the 1940s.
▪ Six issues cost $ 39, and new and back issues are available.
beyond/without number
▪ It is to risk leaving out what religion is really about, rather like music without sound, or mathematics without numbers.
▪ The potential applications are almost without number.
▪ They forgot the message times without number.
▪ Zbigniew Shapira, not yet thirty, had talents without number.
black/elegant etc (little) number
contact number/address/details
▪ Books can be entered and modified as can contact details.
▪ Frequently there is no contact number, so even if we like the music, we can't do much about it.
▪ Gave the name of his solicitors in London as his contact address.
▪ The video box illustration carries various official body contact addresses on the back for further information on the river.
▪ These advertisements generally use a Box number at the publication as the contact address and may be placed by the client.
▪ These provide the contact details and an indication of charges for more than 20 online brokers.
▪ This time we have remembered to put our contact numbers below.
do a number on sb/sth
▪ Danny did a real number on the car.
▪ It was a small piece of shrapnel, but it did a number on the left cheek of my hind end.
have sb's number
▪ You can tell Cara has his number. She knows exactly how to handle him when he's mad.
look out for number one
▪ We manoeuvre in the world constantly looking out for Number One.
magic number/word
▪ The Maharishi's followers say that 7000 is a magic number.
▪ Al knew at once that he had heard A very secret magic word.
▪ Bacon could argue that Antichrist would invoke stellar influences and magic words having the power to produce physical effects.
▪ Charles would capture one of the boys and only release him if he said the magic word.
▪ For Geteles and others, potential was the magic word, the answer to all the talk about standards.
▪ If that magic number is reached, the deal becomes an international treaty.
▪ Once a patient has his magic number, does it have any effect?
▪ The magic words had been uttered.
▪ This is done by listening to a tape and writing on your application form a magic number.
number one/two/three etc seed
odd number
▪ An odd number of classes provides a neutral mid-point.
▪ An individual scorer might be useful where an odd number of people are concerned.
▪ Clearly the northern fleet is being reinforced from the southern; but why the odd numbers?
▪ Erect verticals upon the odd numbers, 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.
▪ He said that we have to prove that no odd number can be perfect.
▪ I have no idea why it is always an odd number.
▪ Three arrangements with eight fences; five with ten fences ... odd numbers ... Was there a pattern?
▪ You need to have an odd number of colours, including the background.
premium rate number/line/service
▪ Because of the high cost of providing and gathering this information, Climbline would not exist were it not a premium rate service.
▪ Choice has not been considered in premium rate services.
▪ That is certainly true in the context of telecommunications and, more specifically, in premium rate services.
public enemy number one
▪ Rats have been branded public enemy No. 1 in Bangladesh.
▪ She had done nothing wrong, yet between them Rourke and Rebecca were making her feel like public enemy number one.
▪ Taylor has turned into public enemy number one.
public enemy number one
▪ She had done nothing wrong, yet between them Rourke and Rebecca were making her feel like public enemy number one.
▪ Taylor has turned into public enemy number one.
sb's number comes up
sb's number is up
▪ This could be the year a lot of politicians find their number is up.
▪ When my number is up, I want it to be quick.
▪ Competition prize winners Kathryn Winkler of Dundee, your lucky number is up.
sb's opposite number
total number/amount/cost etc
▪ Additional disk space is a dollar or two per megabyte per month, depending on total amount.
▪ Microcell bid only in southern Ontario for a total cost of $ 19.2-million.
▪ Multiply the number of widths by the number of pattern repeats per drop to give the total number of pattern repeats required.
▪ The total amount of contributions and tax paid by each employee is entered on the P35.
▪ The total cost has been several million pounds more than budgeted.
▪ The total number of jobless rose to 615, 830 from 609, 670.
▪ The total number of registered voters was 1,732,000 aged 16 and over.
▪ The cold wind numbed my face and hands.
▪ The prisoners were numbed by their years in jail.
▪ All these firms seem to be eight miles high, with the same numbing view of the lake and the mills.
▪ It induces euphoria, numbs concentration and generally slows down reactions, increasing the likelihood of a bumpy return to earth.
▪ So many films with so little time torture the eyeballs and numb the brain.
▪ The array is bewildering and the effect is numbing.
▪ The cold water would numb the pain.
▪ There was continuous driving rain, and a cold that numbed me.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Numb \Numb\ (n[u^]m), a. [OE. nume, nome, prop., seized, taken, p. p. of nimen to take, AS. niman, p. p. numen. [root]7. See Nimble, Nomad, and cf. Benumb.]

  1. Enfeebled in, or destitute of, the power of sensation and motion; rendered torpid; benumbed; insensible; as, the fingers or limbs are numb with cold. ``A stony image, cold and numb.''

  2. Producing numbness; benumbing; as, the numb, cold night. [Obs.]


Numb \Numb\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Numbed (n[u^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. Numbing (n[u^]m"[i^]ng).] To make numb; to deprive of the power of sensation or motion; to render senseless or inert; to deaden; to benumb; to stupefy.

For lazy winter numbs the laboring hand.

Like dull narcotics, numbing pain.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, nome, "deprived of motion or feeling," literally "taken, seized," from past participle of nimen "to take, seize," from Old English niman "to take, catch, grasp" (see nimble). The extraneous -b (to conform to comb, limb, etc.) appeared 17c. The notion is of being "taken" with palsy, shock, and especially cold. Figurative use from 1560s.


1550s, from numb (adj.). Related: Numbed; numbing.

  1. 1 Without the power of sensation and motion or feeling; insensible. 2 Not able to react, surprised, shocked. 3 Causing numbness. v

  2. (context transitive English) To cause to become numb.

  1. adj. lacking sensation; "my foot is asleep"; "numb with cold" [syn: asleep(p), benumbed]

  2. (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive; "passersby were dead to our plea for help"; "numb to the cries for mercy" [syn: dead(p), numb(p)]

  3. so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; "petrified with fear"; "she was petrified by the eerie sound"; "too numb with fear to move" [syn: petrified]


v. make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses" [syn: benumb, blunt, dull]


Numb may refer to:

  • Having deficient psychological or physical sensation, see hypoesthesia
  • NUMB (gene), a human gene
  • Numb (film), a 2007 film starring Matthew Perry
  • Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band, or NUMB
  • Numb (The Killing), an episode of the American television drama series The Killing
Numb (Linkin Park song)

"Numb" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, Meteora (2003), and is the thirteenth and final track on the album. One of Linkin Park's most well-known and critically acclaimed songs, "Numb" topped the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for 12 weeks. The song spent six weeks at the top of the chart in 2003 and six weeks in 2004. The song also spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was remixed as " Numb/Encore", a collaboration between the band and rapper Jay-Z. It was a massive hit for both artists which was featured on the album Collision Course and earned them the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. "Numb" was ranked number 95 on Rhapsody's list of the "Top 100 Tracks of the Decade".

In January 2011, "Numb" was released in a Linkin Park DLC pack for Rock Band 3.

Numb (U2 song)

"Numb" is a song by rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1993 album Zooropa and was released in June 1993 as the album's first single. The song features a monotonous mantra of "don't" commands spoken by guitarist the Edge amidst a backdrop of various sound effects and samples. The noisy composition and lyrical concept for "Numb" were inspired by the theme of sensory overload, which had prominently been incorporated into the Zoo TV Tour. Lead singer Bono and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. provided backing vocals on the track.

"Numb" originated as a discarded song from the Achtung Baby recording sessions called "Down All the Days." While recording Zooropa, the band transformed the song with mixing assistance from co- producer Flood, the addition of keyboards and samples by co-producer Brian Eno, and the addition of the Edge's monotone vocals. The song was released as a VHS single, featuring a music video directed by Kevin Godley, but it did not attain widespread commercial success. U2 added "Numb" to their live setlists after resuming their Zoo TV Tour in May 1993, but like most songs on Zooropa it has never been performed live since the end of that tour.

Numb (Hammerbox album)

Numb is the second and final studio album by alternative rock band Hammerbox. It was released in 1993 on A&M Records.

Numb (band)

Numb is an electro-industrial band that was based in Vancouver, Canada. It was founded by Don Gordon, David Hall and Sean Stubbs in 1986. Following his Suspended single, Gordon retired the project and moved to Vietnam to live with his wife.

Numb (film)

Numb is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Harris Goldberg. According to an interview with Goldberg on a bonus feature of the DVD release, he was inspired to write the screenplay by his own experience battling depersonalization disorder and clinical depression.

Numb (Holly McNarland song)

"Numb" is a song by Canadian musician Holly McNarland, released as the first single from her debut studio album, Stuff. The song was very successful in Canada, peaking at #9 on Canada's RPM singles chart. The song is featured on MuchMusic's Diamond certified compilation album, Big Shiny Tunes 2.

Numb (Pet Shop Boys song)

"Numb" is a song recorded by the Pet Shop Boys and is featured on their album Fundamental. It was released on 16 October 2006 as the third single from that album, peaking at #23 in the UK Singles Chart (see 2006 in British music). Up to that point, it was their second single in 39 releases to miss the UK Top 20 (the other being " Was It Worth It?" from 1991, which peaked at #24).

The ballad was widely used throughout the year, mainly in an edited version used in a montage for England's elimination from the 2006 FIFA World Cup on the BBC Match of the Day programme in early July 2006.

NUMB (gene)

Protein numb homolog is a protein that in humans is encoded by the NUMB gene.

The protein encoded by this gene plays a role in the determination of cell fates during development. The encoded protein, whose degradation is induced in a proteasome-dependent manner by MDM2, is a membrane-bound protein that has been shown to associate with EPS15, LNX1, and NOTCH1. Four transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene.

The protein Numb is coded for by the gene, NUMB, whose mechanism appears to be evolutionarily conserved. Numb has been extensively studied in both invertebrates and mammals, though its function is best understood in Drosophila. Numb plays a crucial role in asymmetrical cell division during development, allowing for differential cell fate specification in the central and peripheral nervous systems. During neurogenesis, Numb localizes to one side of the mother cell such that it is distributed selectively to one daughter cell. This asymmetric division allows a daughter cell containing Numb to acquire a different fate than the other daughter cell.

Numb (Linea 77 album)

Numb is the third studio album from the Italian nu metal band Linea 77.

Numb (The Killing)

"Numb" is the sixteenth episode of the American television drama series The Killing, and the third of its second season, which aired on April 8, 2012. The episode is written by Eliza Clark and is directed by Brad Anderson. In the episode, Sarah learns of Rosie's backpack and forces herself to confront Holder; Richmond ponders his future as a paraplegic mayoral candidate; and Mitch Larsen returns.

Numb (Honey Ryder song)

"Numb" is a single by male/female British music trio Honey Ryder. It was released in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2008 as the lead single from their debut studio album Rising Up. The song has peaked to number 32 on the UK Singles Chart.

Numb (Usher song)

"Numb" is a song recorded by American singer Usher for his seventh studio album Looking 4 Myself (2012). Usher co-wrote it with Ryon Lovett and Terry Lewis, with production and additional writing provided by Swedish House Mafia, Alesso, and Klas Åhlund. After their joint performance at the 2011 American Music Awards, Usher and Swedish House Mafia managed to start working on recording sessions for Usher's seventh studio album in Atlanta. RCA Records solicited "Numb" to contemporary hit radio stations on August 21, 2012 in the US as fourth single from the album.

"Numb" is a dance-pop and electropop song with R&B elements which contains revolutionary pop music influences. Lyrically, it is "an inspirational song about finding one’s destiny, and becoming numb to the negativity and just following your dreams". The song received generally positive acclaim from contemporary music critics with many of them praising its club-oriented production. "Numb" was a moderate worldwide success and reached the top-forty in five countries including Belgium, Germany and Australia.

American directors Chris Applebaum and Grace Harry shot the music video for "Numb"; it premiered October 11, 2012 on Usher's Vevo channel. It represents footage of Usher's life in the near past and features several dramatic scenes of him including taking care of his sons, standing towards a microphone unable to perform and lying together with a sick woman in a hospital. Critics were divided on the video; although some of them praised the choreography, others criticized Usher's emotions. The singer performed the song during his American Express show on June 11, 2012 in London and at the 2012 American Music Awards.

Numb (Rihanna song)

"Numb" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012). It features guest vocals by American rapper Eminem, making it the pair's third collaboration since the two official versions of " Love the Way You Lie". Following the album's release, "Numb" charted on multiple charts worldwide including in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Numb (August Alsina song)

"Numb" is a song by American recording artist August Alsina, released on December 10, 2013, as the third single from his debut studio album Testimony (2014). The song was produced by DJ Mustard and features guest appearances from American rappers B.o.B and Yo Gotti. When it was originally released in October 2013 it featured West Coast rappers Iamsu! and Problem. The song has since peaked at number 39 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Usage examples of "numb".

Lily attempted to regain her ability to breathe, listening to the next song, a slow, moody number.

The beautifully rolled lawns and freshly painted club stand were sprinkled with spring dresses and abloom with sunshades, and coaches and other vehicles without number enclosed the farther side of the field.

But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

It was time well spent, for they located a number of vessels in the port, with their names and destinations, and gave him chapter and verse of the hunt for the absconders from Port Arthur, which had apparently been going on for most of the day.

For Juanita Mott became the sixth young woman in the space of just two years to be sexually abused, tortured, decapitated and finally dismembered in the cellar beneath the pavement of number 25 Cromwell Street.

Here he reared a continuous rampart with a ditch in front of it, fair-sized forts, probably a dozen in number, built either close behind it or actually abutting on it, and a connecting road running from end to end.

Paris in an infinite number of petty questions as to tenants, abutters, liabilities, taxes, repairs, sweepings, decorations for the Fete-Dieu, waste-pipes, lighting, projections over the public way, and the neighborhood of unhealthy buildings.

Indeed it is not in the public interest that straightforwardness should be extirpated root and branch, for the presence of a small modicum of sincerity acts as a wholesome irritant to the academicism of the greatest number, stimulating it to consciousness of its own happy state, and giving it something to look down upon.

Very little careful examination would have sufficed to find, in the second section of the very first article of the Constitution, the names of every one of the thirteen then existent States distinctly mentioned, with the number of representatives to which each would be entitled, in case of acceding to the Constitution, until a census of their population could be taken.

Veneziano, then a research fellow at CERN, the European accelerator laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, had worked on aspects of this problem for a number of years, until one day he came upon a striking revelation.

He held a number of bills, many of which were suspected by him to be forged--that is to say, that the figures had been altered after the signature of the acceptor had been written.

It is quite conceivable to me that the decedent swallowed barbiturates at this most dreadful moment in time, either in a misguided attempt to ease her mental anguish, or perhaps to numb her senses before walking into that lake.

That she was alive after being twice captured was bewildering, but that she was alive after facing the Gevethen themselves was almost numbing.

Azhure thought, numbed by the beauty of this birdman, they actually appeared to be made of beaten gold.

Still blindfolded, I fumbled with my swollen, numb fingers to find my cock.