big

Definitions

  • A Twenty-Five Foot Saw used for Crosscutting Big Logs
    A Twenty-Five Foot Saw used for Crosscutting Big Logs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj big in an advanced stage of pregnancy "was big with child","was great with child"
    • adj big conspicuous in position or importance "a big figure in the movement","big man on campus","he's very large in financial circles","a prominent citizen"
    • adj big given or giving freely "was a big tipper","the bounteous goodness of God","bountiful compliments","a freehanded host","a handsome allowance","Saturday's child is loving and giving","a liberal backer of the arts","a munificent gift","her fond and openhanded grandfather"
    • adj big generous and understanding and tolerant "a heart big enough to hold no grudges","that's very big of you to be so forgiving","a large and generous spirit","a large heart","magnanimous toward his enemies"
    • adj big marked by intense physical force "a big wind"
    • adj big significant "graduation was a big day in his life"
    • adj big above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent "a large city","set out for the big city","a large sum","a big (or large) barn","a large family","big businesses","a big expenditure","a large number of newspapers","a big group of scientists","large areas of the world"
    • adj big loud and firm "a big voice","big bold piano sounds"
    • adj big (of animals) fully developed "an adult animal","a grown woman"
    • adj big very intense "a bad headache","in a big rage","had a big (or bad) shock","a bad earthquake","a bad storm"
    • adj big feeling self-importance "too big for his britches","had a swelled head","he was swelled with pride"
    • adj big exhibiting self-importance "big talk"
    • adj big prodigious "big spender","big eater","heavy investor"
    • adv big in a boastful manner "he talked big all evening"
    • adv big in a major way "the play failed big at the box office"
    • adv big on a grand scale "think big"
    • adv big extremely well "his performance went over big"
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Hauling Big Logs by Donkey Engine Hauling Big Logs by Donkey Engine
"Here he got two big rooms." "Here he got two big rooms."
Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
It wuz so big that it wuz fairly skairful It wuz so big that it wuz fairly skairful
PENN AND THE BIG CHIEF PENN AND THE BIG CHIEF
They Hung Pinocchio to the Big Oak Tree They Hung Pinocchio to the Big Oak Tree
The Judge Was a Big Ape The Judge Was a Big Ape
"The big fellow here got angry..." "The big fellow here got angry..."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command "go hang yourself."
    • n Big (Bot) Barley, especially the hardy four-rowed kind. "“Bear interchanges in local use, now with barley, now with bigg .”"
    • Big Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; -- often figuratively. "Day big with the fate of Cato and of Rome."
    • Big Having greatness, fullness, importance, inflation, distention, etc., whether in a good or a bad sense; as, a big heart; a big voice; big looks; to look big . As applied to looks, it indicates haughtiness or pride. "God hath not in heaven a bigger argument.""I talked big to them at first."
    • Big Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large. "He's too big to go in there."
    • v. t Big To build.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In France, the Big Dipper is called the "casserole."
    • big Of great strength or power.
    • big Having great size; large in bulk or magnitude, absolutely or relatively.
    • big Great with young; pregnant; ready to give birth; hence, figuratively, full of something important; ready to produce; teeming.
    • big Distended; full, as of grief, passion, courage, determination, goodness, etc.
    • big Tumid; inflated, as with pride; hence, haughty in air or mien, or indicating haughtiness; pompous; proud; boastful: as, big looks; big words.
    • big Great as regards influence, standing, wealth, etc.
    • big Synonyms Large, etc. (see great), bulky, huge, massive.
    • big Lofty, pompous, arrogant, important.
    • big To inhabit; occupy.
    • big Reflexively, to locate one's self.
    • big To build; erect; fashion.
    • big To dwell; have a dwelling.
    • n big A kind of winter barley cultivated in northern Europe, especially in Scotland; properly, four-rowed barley, Hordeum vulgare, inferior to but hardier than H. hexastichon, of which it is sometimes called a variety. See bear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Electronic companies sell five times as many big-screen TVs during Super Bowl Week
    • adj Big big large or great: pregnant: great in air, mien, or spirit: loud: pompous, esp. 'to talk big,' 'look big.'—adjs. Big-bell′ied, having a big belly; pregnant (with); Big′gish, rather big
    • v.t Big big (Scot.) to build, to pile up
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
  • Zen Saying
    Zen Saying
    “Hide your body in the Big Dipper.”
  • Peggy Noonan
    Peggy%20Noonan
    “Read good, big important things.”
  • Meshulam Riklis
    Meshulam Riklis
    “The big will get bigger; the small will get wiped out.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”
  • Mary Caroline Richards
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    “To have character is to be big enough to take life on.”

Idioms

Big Apple - (USA) The Big Apple is New York.
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Big bucks - If someone is making big bucks, they are making a lot of money.
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Big cheese - The big cheese is the boss.
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Big Easy - (USA) The Big Easy is New Orleans, Louisiana
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Big fish - An important person in a company or an organisation is a big fish.
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Big fish in a small pond - A big fish in a small pond is an important person in a small place or organisation.
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Big girl's blouse - A person who is very weak or fussy is a big girl's blouse.
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Big hitter - A big hitter is someone who commands a lot of respect and is very important in their field.
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Big nose - If someone has a big nose, it means they are excessively interested in everyone else's business.
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Big picture - The big picture of something is the overall perspective or objective, not the fine detail.
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Big time - This can be used to with the meaning 'very much'- if you like something big time, you like it a lot.
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Give a big hand - Applaud by clapping hands. 'Let's give all the contestents a big hand.'
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If you can't run with the big dogs, you'd better stay on the porch - If you can't keep up with what others are doing, then it is best not to attempt it.
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Little pitchers have big ears - (USA) This means that children hear more and understand the world around them better than many adults realize.
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See you on the big drum - A good night phrase to children.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. from Celtic; cf. W. beichiog, beichiawg, pregnant, with child, fr. baich, burden, Arm. beac'h,; or cf. OE. bygly, Icel. biggiligr, (properly) habitable; (then) magnigicent, excellent, fr. OE. biggen, Icel. byggja, to dwell, build, akin to E. be,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sc. byggja; A.S. búian.

Usage

In literature:

Little Valley isn't very big; it hasn't got its eyes open yet.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
But he wanted to be a big shot, too.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
He dropped the big stick he was pretending to use as a bat, and hurried with Joe to the big glass tank.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
By the bright flame which lit him up I could see that he carried a big stick in his hand.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
They had a big family and a big farm.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
One big ant has a huge head, a fairly broad tail piece and small body.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
The Big White Hen passed by and asked what was the matter.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
Then another big wave came and carried me out into the water.
"Five Little Friends" by Sherred Willcox Adams
There was something sweet and amiable and big-hearted, and even almost great, in him.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Neither weasel nor wood-mice, nor the chickadees which came to eye him saucily, seemed to the big ram worth a moment's attention.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
I'm not sure I do myself, but he has a big, kind heart, that Tom de Willoughby, a big, kind heart.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Yet he had the big way of doing, though most of them were well enough to pass.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Therefore the big dog advanced with ingratiating tail.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Then he hurried on to Ottawa and Peoria, where they were to play during fair week, which was the big week of the year.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
He recognized the huge figure of Big Pete and without a word guided his horse straight toward the fellow.
"Far Past the Frontier" by James A. Braden
Many days' journey down the little river and the big river to the landing.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The big keel boat got in all sorts of trouble that day, whirling around, getting on bars, breaking her line and all that.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
Oona big fer true; too big fer be strong.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
This must have been a lane for big fish to come inside the barrier.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Only Galifron was so big that Charming had to stand on top of him in order to make sure that he was really dead.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
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In poetry:

O my little lovelies,
I hate your guts!
Go stick big blisters
On your ugly tits!
"My Little Lovelies" by Arthur Rimbaud

Mose is black and evil
And damns his luck
Driving Master Schwartz's
Big coal truck.
"Mose" by Sterling A Brown
Said the Junkie skeleton
Can't we get a fix?
Said the Big Brother skeleton
Jail the dirty pricks
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
"And the big heaps of corn
That lie upon the floor;
He will let me play with those
I am quite sure.
"Willy and His Sister" by Kate Greenaway
His big, furry head.
His big, regretful eyes,
His diminished, drooping hindquarters,
His small toes.
"The Ass" by D H Lawrence
Ah it is so very big,
And we are so very small!
So we dance a fairy jig
To the fiddle's rise and fall.
"A Lover's Quarrel Among the Fairies" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

NSU ends spring season with big moves, big plays.
Sulma Avenancio, Ralph Knighton Join Board At Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Brian Kelly, Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Hartford.
The Big Bear Municipal Water District is looking for volunteers to help out with cleaning the shoreline of Big Bear Lake.
Okeechobee is Seminole for "big water," and the Florida lake known as The Big O is certainly that: At 730 square miles, it's the state's biggest lake, and probably its best freshwater fishery, too.
BIG 12 FOOTBALL — Who is the best player in the Big 12.
The Big 9, "One Piece" & Big Head Todd.
The Krone Big X and Big M self-propelled harvesters now feature connections for ISOBUS steering systems.
You might call it the big stink in Big Sky Country.
Big plays spark big Tyner victory.
96.5 KVKI and Logan Farms are celebrating the "Big Game" this Sunday with some BIG GAME PARTY PLATTERS.
Big Time Harvey's Big Time Sandwich.
They were too big to fail, and now their image problems may be too big to solve.
Big Ange's son is in big trouble.
Sounds like Big Time Rush felt big time dissed by the American Music Awards.
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In science:

We concentrate here on the big picture, postponing a more detailed discussion to Secs. 3 and 4.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Conversely, it is easy to prove that every semistable GPS will satisfy above conditions if N big enough.
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
The existence of the moduli space and its pro jectivity follows above Proposition 2.3 and G.I.T., the other properties follow the corresponding properties of H and the fact that eRss ⊂ H for if N big enough.
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
An important consequence of this result can be in the routing and switching in very big networks.
Random spread on the family of small-world networks
Let M i be a nef and big hermitian Q-line bundle on Bi .
A note on polarizations of finitely generated fields
If this distance is too big, a module can decide to become a node.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
From the point of view of the present paper, however, the semigroup B is much too big for the study of the Tsetlin library; one should replace B by the subsemigroup (with identity) generated by the n two-block ordered partitions to which we have assigned weights.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
T only because of the configurations of spins with rather big correlations σ · σ ′ = m1 , σ · σ ′′ = m2 , σ ′ · σ ′′ = m3 .
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models
Finally eI 4 N (t) refers to the configurations of spins with rather big correlations.
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models
The population of very big grains is assumed here to explain the sub-mm emission of carbon stars.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The dust emission is schematically represented as the contribution of four different components: the PAH emission features, very small grains, big grains illuminated by the general galactic radiation field (cold dust), and big grains illuminated by young stars in starburst regions.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Note the different amplitude of the two signals and, for electrons, the big cluster at the late drift time, corresponding possibly to a TR photon absorbed early at the entrance of the DC (see Fig. 1).
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD
For large radii, the balls intersect to yield a single big body: m0 saturates and the other mµ become very small.
Morphology of the large-scale structure
Far-infrared data from IRAS was used to evaluate the contribution to the bolometric luminosity of the “big blue bump” (0.1—1 µm; LBBB ) relative to that emitted in the far-IR at 8—1000 µm (LI R ).
Imaging of a Complete Sample of IR-Excess PG QSOs
The big wide arrows indicate which way the angular momentum is transported, inwards or outwards.
Is Angular Momentum in an Accretion Disk Transported Inwards?
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