Definition of any number of in English:

any number of


  • 1Any particular whole quantity of.

    ‘the game can involve any number of players’
    • ‘Before play each player may exchange any number of cards from the hand with her face-up cards.’
    • ‘You can play a game any number of times, however, and the course will always be different.’
    • ‘The lead player plays any number of matching cards, such as four Jacks.’
    • ‘Players can bid any number of tricks - the bids may or may not add up to the total tricks available.’
    • ‘Spite and Malice can easily be adapted for any number of players.’
    • ‘To do this, pick any number of the ten and then after counting to three both players will put their bids at the Play Area at the same time.’
    • ‘It can involve any number of players and anything can be traded.’
    • ‘The player to the dealer's left may now discard any number of unwanted cards and replace them by drawing cards from the top of the talon.’
    1. 1.1 A large and unlimited quantity or amount of.
      ‘the results can be read any number of ways’
      • ‘We've been past the hotel any number of times on our way through Ballater, and have always thought that we ought to try a stay there some time.’
      • ‘It's insanely dense too, with each scene capable of being read in any number of ways.’
      • ‘Instead, it can be used to support any number of contrary interpretations.’
      • ‘The Associated Press is also covering the story, which can be read in any number of places.’
      • ‘Coetzee presents a tensely connected web of longing that pulses with meaning and can be read at any number of levels.’
      • ‘That would do more to help ordinary Africans than any number of musical extravaganzas.’
      • ‘It's Friday night and you have just arrived home after a tough day in any number of insanely boring classes.’
      • ‘This is just one of the many times I and friends have been on a frightening, white knuckle ride with any number of taxi firms in this country.’
      • ‘Of course, the killer irony is that smaller cars are better than big ones for any number of reasons.’
      • ‘You are much more at risk for heart attack and hypertension and diabetes and any number of things.’