majority

Definitions

  • Major General James Wolfe
    Major General James Wolfe
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n majority the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part "the majority of his customers prefer it","the bulk of the work is finished"
    • n majority (elections) more than half of the votes
    • n majority the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Major-General Sir Isaac Barre Major-General Sir Isaac Barre
Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, K.B Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, K.B
The majority of the locks and keys used in the early houses were imported from England The majority of the locks and keys used in the early houses were imported from England
Major-General Sir John Monash, K.C.B., V.D Major-General Sir John Monash, K.C.B., V.D
MAJOR-GENERAL X AT THE FRONT IN 1918 MAJOR-GENERAL X AT THE FRONT IN 1918
Major Brummel Major Brummel
Constellation Ursa Major Constellation Ursa Major
MAJOR GENERAL SIR DAVID OCHTERLONY MAJOR GENERAL SIR DAVID OCHTERLONY

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The majority of American models are skinnier than 98% of American women
    • Majority Ancestors; ancestry.
    • Majority The amount or number by which one aggregate exceeds all other aggregates with which it is contrasted; especially, the number by which the votes for a successful candidate exceed those for all other candidates; as, he is elected by a majority of five hundred votes. See Plurality.
    • Majority The condition of being of full age, or authorized by law to manage one's own affairs.
    • Majority The greater number; more than half; as, a majority of mankind; a majority of the votes cast.
    • Majority The military rank of a major.
    • Majority The quality or condition of being major or greater; superiority.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the only city where all major sports teams share the same colors (black and gold).
    • n majority The state of being major or greater; superiority; preponderance.
    • n majority The greater number; more than half the whole number: as, a majority of mankind; a majority of votes. See plurality.
    • n majority The excess of one of two groups of things which have been enumerated over the other: as, the measure was carried by a majority of twenty votes; his majority was two to one.
    • n majority Full age; the age at which the laws of a country permit a young person to manage his own affairs and to exercise the rights of citizenship—in most countries twenty-one years. The majority of a reigning prince usually occurs much earlier; in France it used to be at fourteen years. See age, n., 3.
    • n majority The office, rank, or commission of a major.
    • n majority [L. majores.] Ancestors; ancestry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The maximum length allowed for a baseball bat in the major leagues is 42 inches.
    • Majority the greater number: the amount between the greater and the less number: full age (at 21): the office or rank of major
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Quotations

  • Andrew Jackson
    Andrew%20Jackson
    “One man with courage makes a majority.”
  • Ralph W. Stockman
    Ralph W. Stockman
    “The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority; the test of courage comes when we are in a minority.”
  • Petronius
    Petronius
    “He has gone over to the majority.”
  • Anthony Robbins
    Anthony%20Robbins
    “Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.”
  • Jim Rohn
    Jim%20Rohn
    “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.”
  • Frederick Douglass
    Frederick Douglass
    “One and God make a majority.”

Idioms

Major league - Something major league is very important.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. majorité,. See Major
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., comp. of magnus.

Usage

In literature:

It accounted for Fisher major's frequent low spirits.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
Such was one of the major's peculiarities, though by no means the only one.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
An Irish major, with his wife and daughter, bound for the same place.
"Mother Carey's Chicken" by George Manville Fenn
I'll get the major to let me do it.
"Middy and Ensign" by G. Manville Fenn
It was from hence Major Haughton wrote his last letter, with a pencil, to Dr Laidley.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
The major was undoubtedly a short man, although not a small one either in girth or in his own estimation.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
I shall ask the Major to let you come and stay with me a month.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
We must have Major Henderson in our councils.
"The Mission; or Scenes in Africa" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Major Thomas Henly, Major Israel Keith.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
As the major uttered the threat against La Luciola, Aslitta recognized the danger his love was in.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
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In poetry:

The great majority must pass
Of married people in this class.
A state too bad to be respected;
A state too good to be rejected.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
I'm going to give you the signal
I gave Harry Hunt at Boulogne,
The morning he met Major Bignell,
And shot him as dead as a stone;
"The Road to Avernus, Scene XI 'Ten Paces Off'" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
‘I’m sorry I done it, Major.’
We bandaged the livid face;
And led him out, ere the wan sun rose,
To die his death of ignorance.
"The Deserter" by Gilbert Frankau
‘Fire’ called the Sergeant-Major.
The muzzles flamed as he spoke:
And the shameless soul of a nameless man
Went up in cordite-smoke.
"The Deserter" by Gilbert Frankau
No officer sickened with praises his CORPS
So little as MAJOR LA GUERRE -
No officer swore at his warriors more
Than MAJOR MAKREDI PREPERE.
"The Two Majors" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The ship pitched heavily and could be felt touching the ground,
Then Captain Gordon warned the Sergeant-Major and officers all round,
That they might expect a storm, to him it seemed plain;
And, as he predicted, it blew a terrific hurricane.
"The Wreck of the 'Abercrombie Robinson'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Customers Increase Withdrawals as Major Foreign Lender Plans Potential Exit.
Gronomy majors at Southwest Minnesota State University are upset at the proposal to eliminate the program there.
On June 24, 1948, one of the first major crises of the Cold War occurred when the Soviet Union blocked railroad and street access to West Berlin.
Installing and Testing a Fire Alarm System in a Major League Baseball Stadium.
A slowdown in China and other major nations threatens to pull the global economy into recession, the International Monetary Fund warns.
Students now have an opportunity to choose Alaska Native Studies as a major.
In summer 2008, the US military had a major problem.
Then, 20 years ago, the vast majority of Albanians simply stopped taking trains and never thought about them again.
When you see a small crowd hanging around outside a restaurant in a strip mall, chances are that the majority of them have been there before and know that a table is worth waiting for.
Indiana Tech sophomore and Leo high school graduate Brandon Alger was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
On Tuesday night of last week, the North Middlesex girls soccer team was looking to pull off what would have been a major upset.
Democrats have 'excellent chance' to take back House majority.
If you're looking for a new job… Get a firm handle on your major interests and look for opportunities that align with them, says Nye.
51 needed for Dem majority/50 needed for GOP majority, 33 at stake, 0 undecided.
The Senior Vice President of Advancement / Major Gift Campaign Director will not only be concerned with the major capital campaign, but will participate in an integrated planning process that will incorporate all streams of fundraising.
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In science:

Major outbursts are characterized by a decrease in the effective temperature of the hot object and the fluxes of some high ionization emission lines.
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
Our spectroscopic observations were taken during the recent major 2000-03 active phase at different observatories.
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
Here we analyze our series of Raman λ6830 lines obtained along the major Z And outburst (Fig. 4) together with the archival FU S E spectra covering the same period.
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
We studied the symbiotic prototype Z And by using the farUV, optical low- and high-resolution spectroscopy and U BV R broad-band photometry carried out along its major 2000-03 outburst.
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
Second, skilled performers can stop working on a problem and resume it later without a major performance impact.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
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