Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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NU'MEROUS, adjective [Latin]

1. Being many, or consisting of a great number of individuals; as a numerous army; a numerous body; a numerous people.

2. Consisting of poetic numbers; melodious; musical. In prose, a style becomes numerous by the alternate disposition or intermixture of long and short syllables, or of long and short words; or by a judicious selection and disposition of smooth flowing words, and by closing the periods with important or well sounding words.