• English slip-decorated ware. Although made in England mainly for local consumption, many attractive examples were shipped to Virginia during the 17th century
    English slip-decorated ware. Although made in England mainly for local consumption, many attractive examples were shipped to Virginia during the 17th century
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj local relating to or applicable to or concerned with the administration of a city or town or district rather than a larger area "local taxes","local authorities"
    • adj local affecting only a restricted part or area of the body "local anesthesia"
    • adj local of or belonging to or characteristic of a particular locality or neighborhood "local customs","local schools","the local citizens","a local point of view","local outbreaks of flu","a local bus line"
    • n local public transport consisting of a bus or train that stops at all stations or stops "the local seemed to take forever to get to New York"
    • n local anesthetic that numbs a particular area of the body
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The local authority The local authority
Locality of Ankylosaurus skull in Edmonton formation in Red Deer River. The skull is in the rock just above the pick, about the center of the photograph Locality of Ankylosaurus skull in Edmonton formation in Red Deer River. The skull is in the rock just above the pick,...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Montreal was named after a local mountain "Mont Royal."
    • a Local Of or pertaining to a particular place, or to a definite region or portion of space; restricted to one place or region; as, a local custom. "Gives to airy nothing
      A local habitation and a name."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cocaine was the first local anesthetic; being used as such from about 1884 onwards.
    • local Relating to place or position in space; of or pertaining to situation or locality in general.
    • local Of or pertaining to a particular place; relating to a particular place or to particular places, generally implying more than mere position or situation: as, local considerations; local knowledge; a local newspaper; a local item in a newspaper; also, limited to a certain spot or region; circumscribed: as, local laws, customs, or prejudices; a local disease or remedy.
    • local In grammar, relating to place or situation: as, a local adverb (as here, there, etc.).
    • local In mathematics, relating to or concerning a locus.
    • local In law, an action which must be brought in the particular country where the cause of action arose, such as an action to recover lands.
    • local In astronomy, attraction due to irregularities in the density or form of the earth's crust, which causes gravity at a station to deviate from its normal direction.
    • local An English statute of 1888 (51 and 52 Vict., c. 41), initiating a system for the local self-government of the various counties of England and Wales (or in some cases divisions of a county), and of a large number of boroughs (and in the case of London of a district consisting of parts of three counties), and organizing in each a government under the control of its people, for municipal purposes. Its chief feature is the transfer from departments of the imperial government, to a county council in each, of the regulation of local affairs, such as highways, health, education, etc.
    • local In England, a dissenting clergyman who preaches at different places.
    • n local A local item in a newspaper.
    • n local In telegraphy: A local-circuit battery.
    • n local The circuit itself, including everything belonging to the current in an office or station except the line-wire and the instruments included in the line-circuit.
    • n local A local train; an accommodation train which stops at all stations.
    • n local A local examination: as, the university locals.
    • local In Scots law: To apportion (an increase of the stipend of a minister of the established church) among the different heritors or landholders.
    • local To lay the charge of such a stipend on or upon (a landholder or his land).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In India, where hinduism is the biggest religon, they belive that there are about 300 million different gods. Because almost every village has it's own local god.
    • adj Local lō′kal of or belonging to a place: confined to a spot or district
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  • Peter T. Forsyth
    Peter T. Forsyth
    “The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great because their associates are little.”
  • John Perry Barlow
    John Perry Barlow
    “In Cyberspace, the 1st Amendment is a local ordinance.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Virtue is too often merely local.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Will localizes us; thought universalizes us.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. localis, fr. locus, place: cf. F. local,. See Lieu Locus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. localislocus, a place.


In literature:

This local idea became a world idea when all non-Christian peoples were called uncivilized.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Remember that varieties will not do alike well in all localities.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Gen. Lee's locality and operations, since the battle of Sharpsburg or Shepherdstown, are still enveloped in mystery.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
I would offer you mine, except that you have no local license.
"The Egyptian Cat Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
It is not outside the bounds of possibility that a third local place-name is traceable to the personality of Woden.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
Mountains often provoke rainfall, and local "islands," or better, "lakes," of heavier precipitation result.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
They're looking for local items.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Local newspapers are all published by the local Party committees.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
Good iron wheel wells are now locally made.
"Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products" by William Bevan
Between 1852 and 1888 parliament reimbursed to the local authorities the expense imposed on the local rate.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

It might be jolly if we felt
Awe at this Universal Man
(When kings were local, people knelt);
Some try to, but who can?
"Friday's Child" by W H Auden
Now to the south he turns; where one vast plain
Calls from a hundred hordes the warrior train;
Of various dress and various form they show'd;
Each wore the ensign of his local god.
"The Columbiad: Book III" by Joel Barlow
Look deeper still. Dost underline
Most words in writing letters?
Or "Local" write on envelopes?
Say, ere I bind my fetters.
Let no false pity spare the blow, but in true mercy tell me so.
"Myrtilla's Third Degree" by Franklin Pierce Adams
"No need to call the local law,
For after all its not your business.
You just imagined what you saw . . ."
Then I was seized with sudden dizziness:
For at my feet, beyond denying,
A pair of spectacles were lying.
"My Suicide" by Robert W Service
To me at night the stars are vocal.
They say: 'Your planet's oh so local!
A speck of dust in heaven's ceiling;
Your faith divine a foolish feeling.
What odds if you are chaos hurled,
Yours is a silly little world.'
"My Vineyard" by Robert W Service
Feeling lonely-like, Magee took on a local star named Bent,
And four others started fighting to avoid an argument:
So Simonsen postponed the game, for fear some slight mishap
Might disturb the pleasant feeling then prevailing at The Gap.
"A Friendly Game Of Football" by Edward Dyson

In news:

A local school principal triggered an investigation at the Bay County Sheriff's Office which has led the the arrest of a local man who was making phone calls claiming to have abused his 3 year old daughter.
This prestigious award is presented to local industry leaders whose achievements, both within their organizations and the community, have helped drive our local economy.
A group of local colleges, government agencies and nonprofit organizations has won a $1.3 million grant to help local, low-income teens and young adults earn the educational edge needed to get skilled jobs.
Advance Extra is a local blog that will be used to post local news or tidbits that for either space or time constraints might not have made the print edition of the newspaper.
KKTV specializes in developing unique, customizable advertising opportunities across multiple platforms to help local advertisers connect with and engage local customers.
Although the idea to air the meetings was first considered over two years ago by local artist Linda Bastian, the project only recently got off the ground after she met three other local artists with extensive video experience and equipment.
EBW.TV is a local online television station that airs local St Clair County programming.
The effectiveness of local option election laws in achieving their goals and representing the interests of the various voting localities.
Combine the local art scene with the growing local brewing community, and you've got Art & Ale III.
Make the most of freebies, cheap fun and local sales during the holiday season with this list of local deals.
Around Bloomfield is a local blog that will be used to post local news or tidbits that for either space or time constraints might not have made the print edition of the newspaper.
SoundDiego showcases events and performances by local musicians and national artists appearing at local venues.
The International Longshoremen's Association said that 700 members of Local 1804-1, the largest local in the union, unanimously gave its president on Tuesday night authority to recommend a strike.
It pops up interesting local information — from local history and architecture to the best restaurants and shopping — without you having to ask for it.
Careful consideration should be given to choosing a local bank as most landscape businesses are local and a local bank usually makes an extra effort to deal with local businesses.

In science:

In standard systems, localization occurs when the wave function of an electron undergoes a transition from a Bloch wave extending throughout the sample to a localized exponentially decaying form ψ(r) ∼ e−r/ξ , where ξ is the localization length.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
We say that an element a ∈ A is local ly finite (resp. local ly nilpotent, local ly semisimple) if so is the inner derivation ad(a).
Gelfand-Kirillov dimension of commutative subalgebras of simple infinite dimensional algebras and their quotient division algebras
Recall that an F -local system on a topological space X is a locally trivial bundle F on X , with fibers isomorphic to F and locally constant transition functions.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
Repeating the argument that the the probability of a point being a local cutpoint is bounded below, but considering times that are locally retained rather than local cutpoints, shows that the probability that any given time is locally retained is at least (1 + o(1))/θ .
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
We propose, therefore, to construct the global time function from a local definition of simultaneity. A local definition of simultaneity is an assignment to each spacetime event of a spacelike hyperplane that, roughly speaking, determines the events that are locally simultaneous.
Simultaneity in special and general relativity