• WordNet 3.6
    • n greatness unusual largeness in size or extent or number
    • n greatness the property possessed by something or someone of outstanding importance or eminence
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The Great Conde——348 The Great Conde——348
The Great Mademoiselle——373 The Great Mademoiselle——373
Great Self-restraint Great Self-restraint
Mimbar of the Great Mosque at Damascus Mimbar of the Great Mosque at Damascus
Led Them up the Great Staircase--1-12-028 Led Them up the Great Staircase--1-12-028
Lafayette's Great Team Lafayette's Great Team

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To be born on Sunday was considered a sign of great sin during the Puritan times
    • Greatness Pride; haughtiness. "It is not of pride or greatness that he cometh not aboard your ships."
    • Greatness The state, condition, or quality of being great; as, greatness of size, greatness of mind, power, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Alaska got its name from the Aluet word "Alyeska" which means "The Great Land."
    • n greatness The state or quality of being great. Largeness of size, dimensions, number, or quantity; unusual or remarkable magnitude, bulk, extent, or the like.
    • n greatness Great degree, amount, estimation, importance, or the like: as, greatness of genius or devotion; the greatness of a service or an enterprise.
    • n greatness Elevation of rank or station; power; dignity; distinction; eminence.
    • n greatness Self-esteem; arrogance.
    • n greatness Moral elevation; magnanimity; nobleness: as, greatness of mind.
    • n greatness Force; intensity: as, the greatness of sound, of heat, etc.
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  • Edmund Burke
    “Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “The price of greatness is responsibility.”
  • Frank Dane
    “Some have greatness thrust upon them, but not lately.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.”


Great guns - If something or someone is going great guns, they are doing very well.
Great minds think alike - If two people have the same thought at the same time, one of them might say "Great minds think alike."
Great Scott - An exclamation of surprise.
Great unwashed - This is a term used for the working class masses.
Great white hope - Someone who is expected to be a great success is a great white hope.
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.
No great shakes - If someone is no great shakes at something, they are not very good at it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. greátnes,


In literature:

Is there any better God than the great Manitou?
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
This novel plan was witnessed by the boys with a great deal of interest.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
Great men have smoked, as some great men have habitually drunk, to excess.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Difficulties call out great qualities, and make greatness possible.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Her face still lives in a great picture by a great artist.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
I care for you a great, great deal, but I don't know if I love you in the great way people should love.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Beauty was everywhere, and in portions of the great forest, great as a principality, quiet.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Although there are a great many mosques in Teheran city there is not one of great importance or beauty.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Then had the king and barons great marvel, but some of the knights had great spite against Balin.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
He was not a great lawyer, but his contemporaries thought him a great man.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
This great dignitary and the young Englishman made great friends.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
Mrs Grove had made a great effort to get a great many nice and clever people together, and she had succeeded.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Tell him Great White Chief know that two white men all killed dead by great waters.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
The great city of a great nation.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Your great inventors and your great men of finance are but little hampered by religious superstition.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
She stood quite motionless, while the great, angry hands snatched at her throat.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
So great so great Emily.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
He applied one of the great keys to the lock, and the great door rolled open.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
In devising a great evil they consummated a great good.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
America would yet be possessed of great resources, and, capable of great exertions, as mankind would see.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams

In poetry:

The work is great, I'm call'd unto,
Yet nothing's left for me to do:
Hence for my work Heav'n has prepar'd
No wages, yet a great reward.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Great is our Lord, and great his might;
And all his glories infinite:
He crowns the meek, rewards the just,
And treads the wicked to the dust.
"Psalm 147 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Oh great Jehovah! God of love,
Thou monarch of the earth and sky,
Canst thou from thy great throne above
Look down with an unpitying eye? —
"Prayer Of The Oppressed" by James Monroe Whitfield
Time cannot dim his memory :
Secure he stands on Fame's steep height,
" Great souls are portions of Eternity "—
And great indeed was Bright!
"John Bright" by William Baron
My crimes are great, but not surpass
The power and glory of thy grace:
Great God, thy nature hath no bound,
So let thy pard'ning love be found.
"Psalm 51 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Shine forth, great God, in splendid flame,
Bare Thy great arm of ancient days,
Be jealous for Thy glorious name,
Not unto us, O Lord, the praise.
"Establish Peace" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol

In news:

I've heard a great deal of great things about this festival and if you are one for the type of music there definitely check it out.
Hobson's Choice is a great name for a bar in this town, and not just because it's also the title to a great David Lean film.
You hear it again and again: John Wayne was a great movie star, not a great actor.
This is a great Seattle floating home for sale – you can compare it to other Seattle houseboats for sale right now and see that this one is a GREAT BUY.
Does Murray have a great job or a great burden.
Murray have a great job or a great burden.
My great-great-grandmother was part Indian and she was a wonderful person.
From there, the great inversion is not so great.
IS it better to be great, or to be a great example.
The greatness of a great man is not always recognized in his own time.
Great weather and great fishing.
The Kindle, and any other e-reader, will continue to be great for just reading books, with the sunlight-friendly e-ink display and the long, long battery life making for a great single-purpose device.
One of the dictionary's authors, William Sylvanus Starring, was also the great-great-uncle of its former owner.
Fox Negaunee Great Lakes Radio Keys To A Great Summer Contest Giveaway.
Jenny Laurin WINS Fox Negaunee & Great Lakes Radio "Keys To A Great Summer Giveaway".

In science:

SZ based surveys have great potential for detecting systems in a quite homogeneous manner out to z > 1.
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
Having these redshift estimates greatly accelerates the science that can be extracted from a survey conducted primarily1 in two dimensions.
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
In a great part of our consideration we restrict to p = 1, 2.
Relative Zeta Functions, Determinants, Torsion, Index Theorems and Invariants for Open Manifolds
Gauge theories in 1 + 1 dimensions provide a great testing ground for many ideas about realistic theories.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
This is a great simplification, various difficult problems of higher dimensional theories will not be there, yet there are still interesting aspects of these theories which make them worth studying in depth.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
Mickelsson for such a great opportunity to be in KTH, and he thanks to J.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
Also discussions with Krishna Ra jagopal, Sanjay Reddy and Motoi Tachibana were of great value.
Quark scattering at QGP/2SC interface
We see that the transverse electric field is greatly enhanced, while the longitudinal field remains the same.
Space-Time Evolution of the Oscillator, Rapidly moving in a random media
He was a great help once I pestered him enough.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
In addition, the sensitivity of GLAST to photons down to ∼20 MeV will greatly enhance the sensitivity to soft sources like X-ray binaries.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Accurately reconstructing the particle tracks is therefore of great importance.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
This should come as no great surprise to us however.
Random graphs as models of networks
It would also be of great interest if it proved possible to extend the results of Section 6 to obtain exact or approximate estimates of the global properties of networks with non-zero clustering.
Random graphs as models of networks
An obvious difference is that the sharp growth in amplitude during the burst, seen in Fig. 32 for instance, is greatly muted here.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
We speculate that such a connection could, in principle, provide a starting point for uncovering new quantum algorithms - the systematic generation of such algorithms is one of the great outstanding problems in quantum computing.
Parrondo Games and Quantum Algorithms