large

Definitions

  • Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
    Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj large in an advanced stage of pregnancy "was big with child","was great with child"
    • adj large having broad power and range and scope "taking the large view","a large effect","a large sympathy"
    • adj large 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 large 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 large 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 large ostentatiously lofty in style "a man given to large talk","tumid political prose"
    • adj large fairly large or important in effect; influential "played a large role in the negotiations"
    • adv large in a boastful manner "he talked big all evening"
    • adv large with the wind abaft the beam "a ship sailing large"
    • adv large at a distance, wide of something (as of a mark)
    • n large a garment size for a large person
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Holding a Large Board in Vise for Planing Holding a Large Board in Vise for Planing
"MY FRIEND WAS CONSUMING LARGE CIGARS." "MY FRIEND WAS CONSUMING LARGE CIGARS."
Showing large archway surrounded with decoration Showing large archway surrounded with decoration
THE BODY OF THE WHITE CAT GREW LARGE AND WAS TRANSFORMED THE BODY OF THE WHITE CAT GREW LARGE AND WAS TRANSFORMED
Large buildings, with a statue outside Large buildings, with a statue outside
A large rock outcrop on a hilltop A large rock outcrop on a hilltop
LARGE GREY MONKEY LARGE GREY MONKEY
Day's large Device Day's large Device

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a large brass statue of Winnie-the-Pooh in Lima, Peru
    • n Large (Mus) A musical note, formerly in use, equal to two longs, four breves, or eight semibreves.
    • Large Abundant; ample; as, a large supply of provisions. "We have yet large day."
    • Large (Naut) Crossing the line of a ship's course in a favorable direction; -- said of the wind when it is abeam, or between the beam and the quarter.
    • Large Exceeding most other things of like kind in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of constituent units; big; great; capacious; extensive; -- opposed to small; as, a large horse; a large house or room; a large lake or pool; a large jug or spoon; a large vineyard; a large army; a large city.
    • Large Free; unembarrassed. "Of burdens all he set the Paynims large ."
    • adv Large Freely; licentiously.
    • Large Full in statement; diffuse; full; profuse. "I might be very large upon the importance and advantages of education."
    • Large Having more than usual power or capacity; having broad sympathies and generous impulses; comprehensive; -- said of the mind and heart.
    • Large Prodigal in expending; lavish.
    • Large Unrestrained by decorum; -- said of language. "Some large jests he will make."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Some large clouds store enough water for 500000 showers
    • large Ample in dimensions, quantity, or number; having much size, bulk, volume, extent, capacity, scope, length, breadth, etc., absolutely or relatively; being of more than common measure; wide; broad; spacious; great; big; bulky: opposed to small or little, and used of both corporeal and incorporeal subjects: as, a large house, man, or ox; a large plain or river; a large supply, assembly, or number of people; to deal on a large scale or with large subjects; to seek a larger sphere; a man of large mind or heart; a large manner in painting; the largest liberty of action; to confer large powers upon an agent; large views.
    • large Full; complete.
    • large Ample or free in expenditure; liberal; lavish; prodigal; extravagant.
    • large Ample or liberal in words; diffuse; free; full; extended: applied to language.
    • large Free from restraint; being at large.
    • large Free from moral restraint; broad; licentious.
    • large Clamorous; boisterous; blatant.
    • large Free; favorable as regards direction; fair: applied to the wind. See large, adv., 3.
    • large Synonyms Big, etc. (see great); capacious, expansive, spacious.
    • n large Freedom; unrestraint: in the phrase at large (which see, below).
    • n large In old musical notation, a note properly equivalent in value either to three or to two longs, according to the rhythm used. Also called a maxima or maxim. It was variously made, as when used at the end of a piece its time value was often indefinite.
    • n large Bounty; largess.
    • n large At liberty; without restraint or confinement: as, to go at large; to be left at large.
    • n large At length; in or to the full extent; fully: as, to discourse on a subject at large.
    • n large In general; as a whole; altogether.
    • n large For the whole; free from the customary limitation. In the United States a congressman at large is one elected by the voters of a whole State instead of those of a single district; which is done when the existing apportionment by districts does not provide for all the representatives to which the State is entitled. In some places an alderman or a supervisor at large is elected by a whole city or county, in addition to those elected by wards or townships.
    • large To get free.
    • large Largely; broadly; freely; with license.
    • large Fully; at large.
    • large Nautical, before the wind; with the wind free or on the quarter, or in such a direction that studding-sails will draw: as, to go or sail large.
    • large Full; at full; in all.
    • large “Big”; boastfully.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Sahara desert is larger as Europe and large then the combined areas of next largest 9 deserts.
    • adj Large larj great in size: extensive: bulky: wide: long: abundant: liberal: diffuse
    • adv Large (naut.) before the wind
    • adj Large (Shak.) (of language) free, licentious
    • ***

Quotations

  • Sir Henry Taylor
    Sir Henry Taylor
    “Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.”
  • W. H. Auden
    W.%20H.%20Auden
    “God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich.”
  • Herbert Prochnow
    Herbert Prochnow
    “A city is a large community where people are lonesome together.”
  • John Fowles
    John Fowles
    “Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret%20Thatcher
    “The battle for women's rights has been largely won.”
  • James Baldwin
    James%20Baldwin
    “Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.”

Idioms

At large - If a criminal is at large, they have not been found or caught.
***
By and large - By and large means usually or generally.
***
Writ large - If something is writ large, it is emphasised or highlighted.
***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. largus,. Cf. Largo
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. largus.

Usage

In literature:

Like the maize, they shoot up in large leaves and stalks.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
A narrow path had been made by laying over these crowbars large slabs of stone not particularly firm when you trod over them.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Evaporation takes up large quantities, but absorption throughout the porous soil of its wide bottoms consumes much more.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
Some of the older baptisteries were very large, so large that we hear of councils and synods being held in them.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Many have very large incomes, large even for the rich of our Eastern cities.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
To place restrictions on over-capitalization, which leads to wasteful mining in order to secure quick and large returns on large capital.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
Large straw hats prevailed, and trowsers were universal.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Speaking of heathen temples brings to mind a large one that I visited in Tokyo.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
Invitation cards, if they are used, should be heavy, creamy-white, and of a size to fit the large, square envelope.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
The pore surface is very large, the pores are large and irregular, angular, pale-yellowish.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The large wealth and the rank of Don Pedro de Avila gave him much influence at the Spanish court.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
Split the carp if large; cut it in large pieces, and salt it.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
The large transept windows with half octagonal heads under a large trefoil were inserted about the beginning of the sixteenth century.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
A short while ago a large steel plant employing foreigners in large numbers had a strike.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
Fruit large, leathery-coated, often rough, with one or few large Chestnut-like but bitter seeds.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
Edwards with his large family was now thrown upon the world, but offers of aid quickly came to him.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
The errors near the middle of the range would probably be large.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
The large majority of the species subsist chiefly on animal food, though many are omnivorous, and a few chiefly vegetable-eaters.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
It was at a large plantation of several hundred acres.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
The population is largely mixed with Indian blood.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
***

In poetry:

Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and pow'r are such
None can ever ask too much.
"Ask What I Shall Give Thee (I)" by John Newton
God bless the lot of them, although
I don't remember which was which:
God bless the U.S.A., so large,
So friendly, and so rich.
"On the Circuit" by W H Auden
We shall be strong to run the race,
And climb the upper sky;
Christ will provide our souls with grace,
He bought a large supply.
"Hymn 24" by Isaac Watts
But he—he is so strong, and rife
With that large heart of his, that he
Draws from a spot of early life
Enough to make his melody.
"The Caged Lark" by Alexander Anderson
Yes, thou hast numbers light and vain,
And mayst, I grant, a poet boast;
I cannot show so large a train,
But I have one, and he an host.
"Hope And Memory" by Joanna Baillie
Dread, for the future dark and still,
Which shapes our dear one to its will;
Forever in his large calm eyes,
I read a tale of sacrifice.
"The Wife Of Manoah To Her Husband" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Darley is seeing requests for more pumper/tankers, such as this apparatus featuring a large pump with a top-mount control, a light tower, lots of compartments and plenty of water.
Do you sit at a table and wait for a server or do you go up to the counter and order off the large menu board.
Saute 1 large sliced red onion in 1 tablespoon of butter until softened, about 5 minutes.
In a large ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil.
A very typical summer apple it is large, soft and yellowish-green with a smooth skin.
Johns County attorneys comprise a large portion of the applicants for the vacant judgeship in the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Militia unit performs for large and appreciative audience.
An Anytime Online Search Algorithm for Approximate Policy Refinement in Large POMDPs.
This moderate hike also passes by the Charit Creek Lodge and through several large rockhouses.
Before you access the blogs to start hearing about Kinnelon sports, there is a large picture of one of our own.
Portable arm coordinate measurement machines efficiently measure large or bulky parts on the shop floor.
The larger lies up and to the right with the large round juniper growing from its walls.
Law enforcement officials are asking for the public's help in finding a large amount of cash that was lost or misplaced by an armored car company likely transporting the money in eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota.
Not only are projectors capable of producing large images on large screens, they are very practical when it comes to going even bigger.
Just before Kosovo declared independence in 2007, it unveiled a large statue in Pristina with the word "newborn" spelled out in large yellow letters.
***

In science:

Due to the large mass of the SPs a single decay results in a large number of UHECRs, thus a relatively small number of SPs can describe the observations.
Grand Unification Signal from Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays?
Now M may be very large (nearly as large as n), so we choose α in such a way that the coefficient of M in this expression vanishes.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
The average values derived for high- (large solid squares) and low–concentration (large open squares) clusters at low-z (D80) are plotted at z ∼ 0.
Galactic Morphologies in Distant Clusters
However, we are now able to process the large amounts of data needed to image a large field of view.
Global VLBI Observations of Compact Radio Sources in M82
Applying large deviation estimates, we see that if c2 > 0 is sufficiently small, and p < 1 is sufficiently large, then Pp [| ˜B | ≤ c2 |B |] ≤ (c(d) + 1)−|B | .
On the mixing time of simple random walk on the super critical percolation cluster
Ruzsa [Rus], which allows to pass from large finite sets to a needed infinite set Λ of large density.
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
Surveying the Magellanic Clouds for radio pulsars is difficult due to the large surface area to be covered and their large distances.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
In the above example, for instance, if x takes a large value then y corresponds to a harmonic oscillator degree of freedom with a large mass.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
The lengths of the cycles of this permutation determine the numbers of string bits which combine into long strings whose longitudinal momentum N/R11 can become large in the large N limit.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Note that biased simple random walks achieve the bounds of Corollary 4 by the Law of Large Numbers and the Large Deviation Principle.
Fast graphs for the random walker
For configurations with large linear momenta, the difference between Mtot (∞) and Mtot (500rg ) was as large as ≃ 0.1Mtot.
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions
It becomes evident that the same ring can arise from a large range of mass distributions, and hence from a large range of h.
Beware the Non-uniqueness of Einstein Rings
If a large radius is chosen, a large part of the tra jectory will be removed.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
Mechanical oscillations in cells thus occur in a large variety of different situations and with frequencies which can vary over large ranges.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Since the only problem occurs when s is large negative we change s to −s and think of s as large and positive.
On Convergence of Moments for Random Young Tableaux and a Random Growth Model
***