great

Definitions

  • THE GREAT INCLINE
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj great in an advanced stage of pregnancy "was big with child","was great with child"
    • adj great very good "he did a bully job","a neat sports car","had a great time at the party","you look simply smashing"
    • adj great of major significance or importance "a great work of art","Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th centurey"
    • adj great relatively large in size or number or extent; larger than others of its kind "a great juicy steak","a great multitude","the great auk","a great old oak","a great ocean liner","a great delay"
    • adj great uppercase "capital A","great A","many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"
    • adj great remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect "a great crisis","had a great stake in the outcome"
    • n great a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field "he is one of the greats of American music"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Great Sphinx of GÎzeh Partially Uncovered, And the Pyramid of Khephren the Great Sphinx of GÎzeh Partially Uncovered, And the Pyramid of Khephren
Plan of the Villa Of a Great Egyptian Noble Plan of the Villa Of a Great Egyptian Noble
the House of a Great Egyptian Lord the House of a Great Egyptian Lord
KhÛÎt, the Great Pyramid of GÎzeh, The Sphinx, And the Temple of The Sphinx KhÛÎt, the Great Pyramid of GÎzeh, The Sphinx, And the Temple of The Sphinx
the Interior of The Great Pyramid the Interior of The Great Pyramid
THE GREAT PYRAMID AND SPHINX THE GREAT PYRAMID AND SPHINX
THE GREAT MOUSTACHE MOVEMENT THE GREAT MOUSTACHE MOVEMENT
The Great Conde——348 The Great Conde——348

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Great White Shark can grow to be more than twenty feet long and can weigh approximately 4,000 pounds
    • Great Endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble; as, a great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc.
    • Great Entitled to earnest consideration; weighty; important; as, a great argument, truth, or principle.
    • Great Holding a chief position; elevated: lofty: eminent; distinguished; foremost; principal; as, great men; the great seal; the great marshal, etc. "He doth object I am too great of birth."
    • Great Large in number; numerous; as, a great company, multitude, series, etc.
    • Great Large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous; expanded; -- opposed to small and little; as, a great house, ship, farm, plain, distance, length.
    • Great Long continued; lengthened in duration; prolonged in time; as, a great while; a great interval.
    • Great More than ordinary in degree; very considerable in degree; as, to use great caution; to be in great pain. "We have all Great cause to give great thanks."
    • Great (Genealogy) Older, younger, or more remote, by single generation; -- often used before grand to indicate one degree more remote in the direct line of descent; as, great-grandfather (a grandfather's or a grandmother's father), great-grandson, etc.
    • Great Pregnant; big (with young). "The ewes great with young."
    • Great Superior; admirable; commanding; -- applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings.
    • n Great The whole; the gross; as, a contract to build a ship by the great .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name "Tonka" trucks was named after Lake Minnetonka located in Minnesota. Tonka means "great" in Sioux
    • great Unusually or comparatively large in size or extent; of large dimensions; of wide extent or expanse; large; big: as, a great rock, house, farm, lake, distance, view, etc.
    • great Large in number; numerous: as, a great multitude; a great collection.
    • great Exceeding or unusual in degree: as, great fear, love, strength, wealth, power.
    • great Widely extended in time; of long duration; long-continued; long: as, a great delay.
    • great Of large extent or scope; stately; imposing; magnificent: as, a great entertainment.
    • great Of large consequence; important; momentous; weighty; impressive.
    • great Chief; principal; largest or most important: as, the great seal of England; the great toe. [In this sense the word is used in many geographical names, and was formerly used as part of the titles of some Oriental sovereigns: as, Great Britain, so called originally to distinguish it from Brittany (Britannia Minor, Little Britain) in France; the Great Mogul (= the chief Mongol), one of the Mongolian emperors of Hindustan; the Great Sophy, one of the Persian sovereigns of the Sufi dynasty.]
    • great Holding an eminent or a superlative position in respect to rank, office, power, or mental or moral endowments or acquirements; eminent; distinguished; renowned: as, the great Creator; a great genius, hero, or philosopher; a great impostor; Peter the Great.
    • great Grand; magnanimous; munificent; noble; aspiring: as, a great soul.
    • great Expressive of haughtiness or pride; arrogant; big: as, great looks; great words.
    • great Filled; teeming; pregnant; gravid.
    • great Hard; difficult.
    • great Widely known; notorious.
    • great Much in action; active; persistent; earnest; zealous: as, a great friend to the poor; a great foe to monopoly.
    • great Much in use; much used; much affected;
    • great In geneal., one degree more remote in ascent or descent: generally joined with its noun by a hyphen, and used alone only for brothers and sisters of lineal ancestors, in other cases before the prefix grand-: as, great-uncle, great-aunt (brother or sister of a grandparent); great-grandfather, great-grandson, great-grandneph-ew. For remoter degrees it is repeated: as, great-great-grandmother, great-great-grandchildren, great-great-great-uncle, etc.
    • great In music, in the comparative, same as major: as, greater third (a major third), etc.
    • great In a wider sense, a colon or series.
    • great The forty years' division, a. d. 1378-1417, between different parties in the Latin or Roman Catholic Church, which adhered to different popes.
    • great The Black Sea.
    • great The corresponding season of the church year, from Easter to Ascension.
    • n great The whole; the gross; the mass; wholesale: as, to work by the great.
    • n great A great part; the greater part; the sum and substance.
    • n great plural The great go at Cambridge. See go, n., 3.
    • great To become great or large; grow large; enlarge.
    • great To become great with child; become pregnant.
    • great To make great; aggrandize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Great White sharks have about 3,000 teeth
    • adj Great grāt large: long continued: superior: distinguished: highly gifted: noble: mighty: sublime: of high rank: chief: proud, arrogant: weighty: difficult: important: pregnant, teeming: indicating one degree more remote in the direct line of descent, as Great′-grand′father, Great′-grand′son
    • v.i Great to become great
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Quotations

  • Eli Stanley Jones
    Eli Stanley Jones
    “We grow small trying to be great.”
  • Thea Alexander
    Thea Alexander
    “Great things are only possible with outrageous requests.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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    “It is not well to make great changes in old age.”
  • O. Henry Porter
    O. Henry Porter
    “It was beautiful and simple as all truly great swindles are.”
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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    “The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Great thieves punish little ones.”

Idioms

Great guns - If something or someone is going great guns, they are doing very well.
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Great minds think alike - If two people have the same thought at the same time, one of them might say "Great minds think alike."
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Great Scott - An exclamation of surprise.
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Great unwashed - This is a term used for the working class masses.
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Great white hope - Someone who is expected to be a great success is a great white hope.
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Little strokes fell great oaks - Meaning: even though something may seem impossible, if you break it up into small parts and take one step at a time, you will succeed.
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No great shakes - If someone is no great shakes at something, they are not very good at it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gret, great, AS. greát,; akin to OS. & LG. grōt, D. groot, OHG. grōz, G. gross,. Cf. Groat the coin

Usage

In literature:

This journal is doing gloriously, and "Great Expectations" is a great success.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Henry felt instinctively that he was in the presence of a great man, a great chief of the woods.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A great sea-officer or high-admiral in Spain.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Well; so the great day is over, and the great deed done.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It was a great triumph for Miss Adams, but not a very great financial success.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Speak, great Venusta, wife of Lucius!
"Saronia" by Richard Short
That was a great thought; but, you see, a great thistle has a right to a great thought.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Mrs. Jersey knows a great deal besides, about a great many things.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
Great consequences arise from great causes.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Who is the great European master who is working such great wonders for her?
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
That there are great evils in a society where slavery exists, and that the institution is liable to great abuse, I have already said.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
With a dozen or more great hospitals and more than three hundred boards of health, great things have been accomplished.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
The great dressing-bell waked her.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
What is the point in the saying "A great town is a great solitude"?
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
It has cost a great deal of thought, labor, and money to construct this great machinery.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
There will be great doings this winter.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
And it was an infinite relief to drown, a relief, a great, great relief.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The sacred mushrooms grew somewhere far to the south and were traded up the Great River.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
She stood on the door-step in great grief, the two children asking where their father had gone.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
Great simplicity and great talents in conjunction are not uncommon.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
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In poetry:

We knew it, you and I,
We knew it all:
Still is the small the great,
The great the small;
""Face In The Tomb That Lies So Still"" by Richard Le Gallienne
There under
The wonder
Of great wings of healing,
Of love and revealing,
Teach us anew
To sing true.
"A Song Prayer" by George MacDonald
At Nakisawa
Shrine, I made a libation,
Praying for
My great prince, yet
He now rules the heights of Heaven.
"At Nakisawa" by Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro
Then sayd the doughte Doglas
Unto the lord Perse:
"To kyll alle thes giltles men,
Alas, it wear great pitte!
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
Silent it sleeps now;
Great ships shall seek it,
Swarming as salmon;
Noise of its numbers
Two seas shall hear.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
Haith, ye're ower blythe!
I see a great scythe
Swing whaur yer nestie lies, doon i' the lythe,
Liltin laverock!
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald

In news:

I love passing on great experiences and great deals.
Getty Images/Courtesy of The Citadel Young Joe Jackson, right, is the great-great-great-nephew of Shoeless Joe -- and bats lefty, too.
The shift also causes water in the Great Lakes to slosh from the upper Great Lakes into their lower reaches.
IF the Great Books were judged great by size and illustrations alone, "Hamzanama," or "Story of Hamza," from 16th-century India would rank right up there.
And now, in Part II of the great Indians name listing experiment, it's time to tackle the great nicknames of the club.
It wasn't long ago that two of America's great destination cities — Miami and Las Vegas — were short on great dining options.
I have heard a number of great guitar players do some great renditions of it.
Spend the Thanksgiving holiday with WRTI as we page through the Great American Songbook to celebrate one of the great American holidays.
Great course, great weather and some pretty good golfing by some of the 51 golfers that made the outing, and they were: Tuesday, November 20, 2012.
When I have great squash , my thoughts naturally turn to great pie, one that celebrates the flavor of the squash itself -- slightly sweet, rich and almost a little earthy.
Katie Brown Bennett was whirling through reel after reel of microfilm when she found her great-great-grandfather Squire Cheshier.
Madison has consistently been ranked by CNN/Money Magazine as one of the best places to live and it's no question as to why: great schools, great real estate, great people, and a great local economy.
The great outdoors can be not-so- great for those who are setting up outdoor surveillance system s and attempting efficient perimeter detection.
Joshua Smith, the real-life great-great grandson of Albert Bacon Fall, listens to the almost 3 1/2 hours of testimony for and against his great-great grandfather Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at the retrial of A.B.
It's a privilege to teach in Geneva Geneva has great schools because it has great students, great parents who take care of their children and great taxpayers.
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In science:

This approach has not resulted in a great success in the QCD as this amplitude is some rough approximation for the correct 4-point Green’s function.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
On initial stage of the Universe evolution the density ρm ∼ ρ0/λ3 is sufficiently great , so usual scenario of the Universe hot models preserves.
Macroscopic Einstein equations for a system of interacting particles and their cosmological applications
In combination with new reduction software this results in a greatly improved sensitivity of less than 0.1 mJy for a 12 min integration (Fig. 1).
The Effelsberg Search for Pulsars in the Galactic Centre
This question has been investigated in great detail within the context of RMT.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
This overestimates the extinction but it is the wavelength dependence which we think is of great interest.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
Numerical simulations and analytic (mostly supersymmetric) methods have given a great amount of information.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
The inflection points on γ and ˆγ correspond since p maps great circles to lines.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
It is therefore sufficient to show that ˆγ lies in an open hemisphere if and only if it does not contain any great semicircle as a subarc.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
Assume that ˆγ contains a great semicircle J as a subarc.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
Then any great circle on S 2 meets J and hence ˆγ too.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
Now we use that ˆγ does not contain a great semicircle as a subarc.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
It follows that Cj ∩ ˆγ is a point or a great circle arc whose length is less than π .
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
Now let C + j = Cj |(S,N ) be an open great semicircle bounded by two points S, N on Cj such that Cj ∩ ˆγ is contained in C + j .
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
Our understanding of the non–perturbative sector of field and string theories has greatly progressed in recent times.
Multi-Instanton Calculus in Supersymmetric Theories
For a scalar field the unitary transformation involved here has been dealt with earlier in great detail (Ref.1.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
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