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    Major General James Wolfe
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj major greater in number or size or amount "a major portion (a majority) of the population","Ursa Major","a major portion of the winnings"
    • adj major greater in scope or effect "a major contribution","a major improvement","a major break with tradition","a major misunderstanding"
    • adj major of full legal age
    • adj major of a scale or mode "major scales","the key of D major"
    • adj major of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes "his major field was mathematics"
    • adj major of greater importance or stature or rank "a major artist","a major role","major highways"
    • adj major of greater seriousness or danger "a major earthquake","a major hurricane","a major illness"
    • adj major of the elder of two boys with the same family name "Jones major"
    • v major have as one's principal field of study "She is majoring in linguistics"
    • n major the principal field of study of a student at a university "her major is linguistics"
    • n major a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
    • n major a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject "she is a linguistics major"
    • n Major British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
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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 Brummel Major Brummel
Constellation Ursa Major Constellation Ursa Major

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The majority of cats do not have any eyelashes
    • Major A mayor.
    • Major (Law) A person of full age.
    • Major (Mil) An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
    • Major (Mus) Greater by a semitone, either in interval or in difference of pitch from another tone.
    • Major Greater in number, quantity, or extent; as, the major part of the assembly; the major part of the revenue; the major part of the territory.
    • Major Of full legal age; adult.
    • Major Of greater dignity; more important.
    • Major (Logic) That premise which contains the major term. It its the first proposition of a regular syllogism; as: No unholy person is qualified for happiness in heaven [the major]. Every man in his natural state is unholy [minor]. Therefore, no man in his natural state is qualified for happiness in heaven [conclusion or inference].
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Majority of brides plan their wedding for approximately 7 to 12 months
    • major Greater; more important or effective; first in force or consideration; leading; principal: as, the major premise or term of a syllogism.
    • major Greater in quantity, number, or extent: as, the major part of the revenue, of an assembly, or of a territory.
    • major Of age; having attained to majority.
    • major In music
    • major Of intervals, standard or normal; literally “greater,” as compared with minor intervals. The term is more often applied to seconds, thirds, sixths, sevenths, and ninths, designating an interval equivalent to the intervals between the key-note of a standard or normal scale and its second, third, sixth, seventh, and ninth tone respectively. Thus, a major second is two semitones long, a major third four semitones, a major sixth nine semitones, and a major seventh eleven semitones. Major has also been applied of late to fourths, fifths, and octaves, and is then equivalent to the older term perfect. Finally, it is used to distinguish the larger of two intervals that differ by a minute quantity: as, a major step or tone (), which is a comma greater than a minor tone. Opposed to minor, and also often to diminished and augmented. See interval, 5.
    • major Of tones, distant by a major interval from a given tone: as, A is the major third of F, etc.
    • major Of tonalities and scales, standard or normal: characterized by a major third and also by a major sixth and seventh: opposed to minor. The major tonality or scale is the recognized standard of reference for all the modern musical systems. See key, tonality, and scale.
    • major Of triads and chords, characterized by a major third between the root and the tone next above, and a perfect fifth between the root and the second tone above: opposed to minor, diminished, and augmented. The major triad is the usual standard of reference in classifying the chords of modern music. See triad and chord.
    • major Of cadences, ending in a major triad.
    • major Of modes in the modern sense, and thus of composition in general, characterized by the use of a major tonality and of major cadences: as, a piece is written throughout in the major mode. From an acoustical point of view, major intervals, chords, and scales are simpler and stronger in themselves and admit of better harmonic extension and combination than minor. The educated taste of modern times has tended to exalt the major over the minor, making the former the standard and normal of which the latter is the variation; while the medieval systems, being based upon a different conception of music at various points, tended the other way. The esthetic effect of the major in contrast with the minor is brighter, stronger, and more complete. It has recently been maintained that major and minor phenomena, in all their phases, are mutually reciprocal, the major triad, scale, etc., being measured upward in a certain way from a given tone, and the minor triad, scale, etc., being measured downward in the same way from the same tone. According to this view, the major triad of C is called the over-chord of C, and the minor triad of F is called the under-chord of C, etc.
    • major In logic, wider; broader; more extensive; a predicate to more subjects. The major extreme or major term of a syllogism is that term which enters into the predicate of the conclusion; the major premise is that premise which contains the major term. These have always been the usual definitions, but they have been subject to much dispute, owing to the fact that all real distinction between major and minor vanishes in certain cases.
    • n major Milit., an officer next in rank above a captain and below a lieutenant-colonel; the lowest field-officer. His chief duties consist in superintending the exercises of his regiment or battalion, and in putting in execution the commands of his superior officer. His ordinary position in the line is behind the left wing. Abbreviated Maj.
    • n major In law, a person who is old enough to manage his own concerns. See age, n., 3.
    • n major In music, the major mode, or a major tonality or major chord, taken absolutely.
    • n major In logic
    • n major The major premise of a syllogism, which in direct syllogisms states the rule from which the conclusion is drawn.
    • n major The major extreme of a syllogism.
    • n major Same as mayor.
    • major To act the major; look and talk big, or with a military air.
    • major In prosody, noting the longer of two types of verse which bear a common name.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches
    • adj Major mā′jur greater in number, quantity, or size: more important:
    • n Major a person of full age (21 years): an officer in rank between a captain and lieutenant-colonel
    • v.i Major to play the major, to talk big
    • adj Major mā′jur (mus.) greater by a semitone
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  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “With the majority of people unbelief in one thing is founded on the blind belief in another.”
  • Orson Welles
    “They teach anything in universities today. You can major in mud pies.”
  • Andrew Jackson
    “One man with courage makes a majority.”
  • Wendell Phillips
    “One on God's side is a majority.”
  • Henrik Ibsen
    “The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.”


Major league - Something major league is very important.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur,. Cf. Master Mayor Magnitude More (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., comp. of magnus.


In literature:

In others it was ratified by meagre majorities.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
He had opposed the planting of the colony on the river, but, being out-voted, he had accepted the will of the majority.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Sieyes was not solicitous that his invitation should be obeyed, for the accession of the other orders might displace the majority.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Both young soldiers saluted, again, as the major turned to resume his walk.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
When the Convention met, the majority was with the Girondists, and Barere was with the majority.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
A proposed amendment is adopted if it is approved by a majority of all those voting and also by a majority in a majority of the states.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
Captain Darling and Major Marshall and Surgeon Major MacKenzie accompanied me.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Here Major C. W. Park disposed his battalion for a musketry fight.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
Major Trenchard and Major Brancker take charge at home.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
So far as he could conjecture, the Major had accepted him in the same way.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan

In poetry:

But, oh! if in song or speech,
In major or minor key,
My voice could over the ages reach,
I would whisper the name of Lee.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
MAKREDI would say that in battle's fierce rage
True happiness only was met:
Poor MAJOR MAKREDI, though fifty his age,
Had never known happiness yet!
"The Two Majors" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Of blood and friendship, and that joy of life,
Which reads its music in the major key
And will not listen to a minor strain—
These things and many more are spoils of time.
"Time's Defeat" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
But thanks be to God, the major part of the men have been saved,
And all honour to both crews that so manfully behaved;
And may God protect the mariner by night and by day
When on the briny deep, far, far away!
"The Collision in the English Channel" by William Topaz McGonagall
And the roar of the musketry spread through the jungle,
Still the men crept on without making a stumble,
And many of the Black Watch fell wounded and dead,
And Major Macpherson was wounded, but he rallied his men without dread.
"The Ashantee War" by William Topaz McGonagall
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:

Perhaps no other major industry is as easily and quickly affected by major trends in the general economy, and with the US enjoying its longest economic boom ever, the car business is rolling along.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska state Senate faced the potential of a major power shift, with Republicans seizing a majority in the chamber on Tuesday.
The mid-majors figure to play a major role this season.
Reinsurance companies take major hit from major storm.
From major product introductions like Microsoft's Windows 8 to major embarrassments like Apple's botched mobile map application and Hewlett-Packard's Autonomy debacle, 2012 was a busy year in the software industry.
Are 'Mobile Wallets' a Major Innovation or a Major Bore .
Barack Obama would explain to the nation that the federal budget deficit isn't the nation's major economic problem and deficit reduction shouldn't be our major goal.
The first snow of the season caused major problems for drivers, with several sliding into the ditch and a major pile-up on the bypass.
The first snow of the season caused major problems for drivers, with several sliding into the ditch and a major pile-up on the bypass .
Major meth operation in Bristol, Tenn. Sullivan County detectives stumble upon what they are calling a major meth operation in Bristol, Tenn.
Concert includes Mozart's String Quartet no 19 in C Major, Beethoven's String Quartet no 11, Op 95 and Ravel's String Quartet in F major.
White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043 as the United States will for the first time become a majority of minority groups, the Census Bureau projects.
With its first major expansion pack, Gods & Kings, Civilization V takes major steps toward becoming what it always should have been.
It will be the third major overhaul of a major Disneyland ride in as many years.
Traffic safety experts in the Franklin County area alert drivers that a major fund drive will put volunteers collecting money at major intersections on Saturday.

In science:

We have thus shown that the application of the majority rule will preserve the type of interactions between spins sitting on opposite sublattices or the same sublattice.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
The major results that follow for the RFIC from the RW picture concern the domain structure and optimization.
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain
This is also true of the metal-poor GCs beyond R ∼ 2Reff in that galaxy, but inside this radius, the metal-poor GCs in M87 show major-axis rotation (see Table 4, and Cˆot´e et al. 2001).
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
As a result, the previous conclusion regarding the noninvariance of chaos in cosmology, a major claim about chaos in general relativity, necessarily involves the violation of hypotheses required for a proper definition of the Lyapunov exponents.
Relativistic chaos is coordinate invariant
This structural segregation should be a major concern for experiments designed to constrain cosmological parameters using galaxy clusters.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2