• General Tool rack in a School Shop
    General Tool rack in a School Shop
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj general prevailing among and common to the general public "the general discontent"
    • adj general of worldwide scope or applicability "an issue of cosmopolitan import","the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley","universal experience"
    • adj general not specialized or limited to one class of things "general studies","general knowledge"
    • adj general applying to all or most members of a category or group "the general public","general assistance","a general rule","in general terms","comprehensible to the general reader"
    • adj general affecting the entire body "a general anesthetic","general symptoms"
    • adj general somewhat indefinite "bearing a general resemblance to the original","a general description of the merchandise"
    • v general command as a general "We are generaled by an incompetent!"
    • n general a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular) "he discussed the general but neglected the particular"
    • n general a general officer of the highest rank
    • n general the head of a religious order or congregation
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Major General James Wolfe Major General James Wolfe
Major-General Sir Isaac Barre Major-General Sir Isaac Barre
General Sir Jeffery Amherst General Sir Jeffery Amherst
General Hospital General Hospital
General Sir A. P. Irving General Sir A. P. Irving
General Townshend General Townshend
General Richard Montgomery General Richard Montgomery

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although the outsides of a bone are hard, they are generally light and soft inside. They are about 75% water
    • General As a whole; in gross; for the most part. "His general behavior vain, ridiculous."
    • General Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general opinion; a general custom. "This general applause and cheerful shout
      Argue your wisdom and your love to Richard."
    • General Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or particular; including all particulars; as, a general inference or conclusion.
    • General Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire.
    • General Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a loose and general expression.
    • General (Mil) One of the chief military officers of a government or country; the commander of an army, of a body of men not less than a brigade. In European armies, the highest military rank next below field marshal.
    • General Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy.
    • General (Eccl) The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule.
    • General The public; the people; the vulgar.
    • General (Mil) The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general .
    • General The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; -- opposed to particular. "In particulars our knowledge begins, and so spreads itself by degrees to generals ."
    • General Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The lifespan of a rhinoceros is generally 50 years
    • general Pertaining or applicable to or predicable of all objects of a given class, or all of a number of resembling individuals; universal within the limits of the class or group of things considered: as, a general law of nature; a statute general in its application; a general principle; a general idea; the general interest or safety of a nation; to labor for the general good. In logic a name, as, for example, “cockatrice,” is considered to be general even though there is no real individual to which it can be applied; and it may also be general though there is but one individual to which it is actually applied. On the other hand, a disjunctive expression, as “William Shakspere, William Harvey, or Francis Bacon,” though predicable of each individual of the group, is not considered to be general. See nominalism, realism, and conceptualism.
    • general Pertaining or applicable to, or predicable or true of, many or most of a class indefinitely, but by implication not to every member of it without exception; common to the majority or an indefinite number, or to a large but indefinite extent; prevalent; usual; common: as, a general custom; to differ from the general opinion; hence, indefinite; vague; not precise: as, to evade a point by general statements. Specifically, in mathematics, true except in certain limiting cases, when certain quantities vanish. Thus, it is true as a general proposition that three equations suffice to determine three unknown quantities; yet this is not the case if the resultant vanishes.
    • general Comprising or pertaining to the whole; collective: opposed to partial: as, a general settlement of accounts; a general departure of guests; a general involucre (that is, one which subtends the whole inflorescence); also, pertaining to, predicable of, or occupied with a great variety of different objects having common characters.
    • general Pertaining to the main features of the object; regarded in the gross, with neglect of details and unimportant exceptions: as, his general attainments are excellent; a general survey.
    • general Having to do with all; public; common; vulgar.
    • general Not specifically limited in scope, operation, or function; not restricted to special details, particulars, or occasions: used of authority conferred, or of office or employment exercised: as, a general power of attorney; a general officer of the army; a general mechanic. [General in this sense, in designations of rank or office taken or imitated from the French, usually follows, according to French idiom, the noun which it qualifies; and the two words are in English usually treated as a compound noun, as adjutant-general, attorney-general, etc.]
    • n general That which is general or common to all of a given class or group; a general statement, principle, truth, etc.
    • n general A genus or class embracing all objects having certain characters, and especially including species under it. Now only in the phrase in general (which see, below).
    • n general Milit., an officer holding a general command (whence the title); the commander of an army, or of any organization of troops larger than a regiment: as an official title, used either alone for the highest or next to the highest rank, or with an adjunct designating the particular grade. See lieutenant-general, major-general, and brigadier-general. In modern European armies the specific rank of general is usually the highest under that of marshal or field-marshal. In the United States the title, when used, is that of the acting commander-in-chief of the whole army (the President being the titular commander-in-chief). The rank has been held, under temporary laws, only by Generals Washington, Grant, and Sherman, and for a short time before his death in 1888 by General Sheridan, whose previous title as commander-in-chief was lieutenant-general. In address and common speech any general officer is called general simply. Abbreviated Gen.
    • n general A particular beat of drum or march, being that which, in the morning, gives notice to infantry to be in readiness to march.
    • n general Eccles., the chief of an order of monks or priests, or of all the houses or congregations established under the same rule: as, the general of the Dominicans, or of the Jesuits. In most orders the office is held for three years, but in that of the Jesuits it is held for life. The general, being subject to the immediate juris diction of the pope, is exempt from episcopal jurisdiction, but has the right to sit and vote with the bishops in a general council of the church.
    • n general The public; the community; the vulgar.
    • n general Inclusively; without exception.
    • n general In all things.
    • n general In mathematics, in all cases except possibly in limiting cases or in case of some additional condition being fulfilled.
    • general Same as generally.
    • general To command as a general; marshal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Roses generally need around 6 hours of sunlight to grow properly.
    • adj General jen′ėr-al relating to a genus or whole class: including many species: not special: not restricted: common: prevalent: public: loose: vague
    • n General a class embracing many species: an officer who is head over a whole department: a military officer who commands a body of men not less than a brigade (often general officer): the chief commander of an army in service: :
    • v.i General to reason inductively
    • advs General (obs.) in a general or collective manner or sense: in most cases: upon the whole
    • n General (R.C. Church) the head of a religious order, responsible only to the Pope
    • n General (Shak.) the public, the vulgar
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  • Seneca
    “There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy.”
  • Georg Hegel
    “An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “I made all my generals out of mud.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “You cannot make it as a wandering generality. You must become a meaningful specific.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. général, fr. L. generalis,. See Genus


In literature:

General Washington organized a Light Infantry Corps and put General Wayne in command.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
Make every effort for the success of the general plan and avoid spectacular plays that have no bearing on the general result.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Cornwallis had resigned with Pitt, but it was not till June 16 that a successor was found for him as master general of the ordnance.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
The priests excommunicated the generals, and the generals in turn shot the priests.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
General Hertzog said that he had acted as General Botha had done.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
The general feeling among the English in Bengal was strongly in favor of the Governor-General.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The Second under General Currie and the Third under General Turner, V.C., were at West Down South.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
John Roothan, General of the Jesuits.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
The General looked at him, and for a moment their eyes met; then he looked away.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
This example was generally followed, and as a result disturbances were rare in the coffee houses of Ispahan.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers

In poetry:

And I could utter no reply;
In sooth, I did not know
Why I had brought a clouded eye
To greet the general glow.
"A Day Dream" by Emily Jane Bronte
In every diff'rent land
Their general voice is known;
They show the wonders of his hand,
And orders of his throne.
"Psalm 19 part 1" by Isaac Watts
GENERAL JOHN was a soldier tried,
A chief of warlike dons;
A haughty stride and a withering pride
"General John" by William Schwenck Gilbert
They swam the moat, they scal'd the wall,
Sir Verb, with rage and shame,
Beheld his valiant general fall,
Infinitive by name.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
A general scream the miller heard,
Then rubb'd his eyes and ran,
And soon his welcome light appear'd,
As grumbling he began:--
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
And when they know of her coming,
Their hearts feel overjoy'd,
Because, in general, she finds work
For men that's unemploy'd.
"Attempted Assassination of the Queen" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Brian Miller, inspector general, General Services Administration.
Colombian-born Enrique Sanz has been appointed Concacaf's general secretary, effective July 25, replacing acting general secretary, Ted Howard, who has been in this interim role since January 2012, following the resignation of Chuck Blazer.
Annan's successor, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and Arab League Secretary-General Nabil ElAraby announced the appointment Thursday evening.
Former El Dorado Hills CSD General Manager John Skeel oversees installation of invasive weed-killing blankets in Lake Tahoe as General Manager of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District.
Located in a generally liberal part of generally liberal Los Angeles, the books on Skylight 's politics shelves are, not surprisingly, more left than right.
On our electoral plate are the general and non-partisan primary on July 31 and the general election on November 6.
Thanks to our friends at Dollar General and General Mills Monster Cereals.
New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux A California lawyer who works as the assistant inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Department will be the new independent police monitor in New Orleans.
Governor-General Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae also spoke about the King's work in progressing democracy in Tonga .
Lobby of General Francis Marion Hotel (General Francis Marion Hotel).
Franciscans re-elect minister general, elect US priest vicar general.
Sale of Marquette General Hospital undergoes Attorney General 's review.
Sale of Marquette General Hospital undergoes Attorney General's review.
General Mills Baking Products Division President Anton Vincent (Image: Courtesy of General Mills).
That is, that in general, and with the exception of Kosovars and Albanians who are generally younger and hence more optimistic, most people in the Balkans feel pretty miserable.

In science:

Similar to the proof of Proposition 2.5, this generalized weak associativity relation together with the generalized weak commutativity relation implies the generalized Jacobi identity.
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
The notion of a generalized Lie bialgebroid (a generalization of the notion of a Lie bialgebroid) is introduced in such a way that a Jacobi manifold has associated a canonical generalized Lie bialgebroid.
Generalized Lie bialgebroids and Jacobi structures
We showed, in particular, that the partition function of our generalized Vafa-Witten theory can be written as the sum of contributions our generalized Donaldson-Witten invariants and generalized Seiberg-Witten invariants.
Higgs Bundles and Four Manifolds
Algebras of generalized functions, Colombeau algebras, generalized tensor fields, generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry, general relativity, impulsive gravitational waves.
Nonlinear distributional geometry and general relativity
In particular, after deriving several characterizations of invertibility in the algebra of generalized functions we define the notions of generalized pseudo-Riemannian metric, generalized connection and generalized curvature tensor.
Generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry