Supernumeraries
Supernumerary Su`per*nu"mer*a*ry, n.; pl. {Supernumeraries}. 1. A person or thing beyond the number stated. [1913 Webster]

2. A person or thing beyond what is necessary or usual; especially, a person employed not for regular service, but only to fill the place of another in case of need; specifically, in theaters, a person who is not a regular actor, but is employed to appear in a stage spectacle. [1913 Webster]


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