• Map, the Principality of SiÛt
    Map, the Principality of SiÛt
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj principal most important element "the chief aim of living","the main doors were of solid glass","the principal rivers of America","the principal example","policemen were primary targets","the master bedroom","a master switch"
    • n principal the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account
    • n principal the educator who has executive authority for a school "she sent unruly pupils to see the principal"
    • n principal (criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement
    • n principal an actor who plays a principal role
    • n principal capital as contrasted with the income derived from it
    • n principal the original amount of a debt on which interest is calculated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Christian theology there are nine choirs of angels. From highest to lowest, they are: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.
    • Principal A capital sum of money, placed out at interest, due as a debt or used as a fund; -- so called in distinction from interest or profit.
    • Principal (Law) A chief obligor, promisor, or debtor, -- as distinguished from a surety.
    • Principal A heirloom; a mortuary.
    • Principal A leader, chief, or head; one who takes the lead; one who acts independently, or who has controlling authority or influence; as, the principal of a faction, a school, a firm, etc.; -- distinguished from a subordinate abettor auxiliary, or assistant.
    • Principal A principal or essential point or rule; a principle.
    • Principal A thing of chief or prime importance; something fundamental or especially conspicuous.
    • Principal Highest in rank, authority, character, importance, or degree; most considerable or important; chief; main; as, the principal officers of a Government; the principal men of a state; the principal productions of a country; the principal arguments in a case. "Wisdom is the principal thing."
    • Principal In English organs the chief open metallic stop, an octave above the open diapason. On the manual it is four feet long, on the pedal eight feet. In Germany this term corresponds to the English open diapason.
    • Principal Of or pertaining to a prince; princely.
    • Principal One of turrets or pinnacles of waxwork and tapers with which the posts and center of a funeral hearse were formerly crowned.
    • Principal (Law) One who employs another to act for him, -- as distinguished from an agent.
    • Principal (Law) The chief actor in a crime, or an abettor who is present at it, -- as distinguished from an accessory.
    • Principal The construction which gives shape and strength to a roof, -- generally a truss of timber or iron, but there are roofs with stone principals. Also, loosely, the most important member of a piece of framing.
    • Principal The first two long feathers of a hawk's wing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Poor whites in Florida and Georgia are called "crackers." They got the name from their principal staple food, cracked corn. Another theory states that the name comes from the days when they would drive cattle southward using the "crack" of their bullwhips to keep the animals in line and moving.
    • principal Chief; highest in rank, authority, value, or importance; most considerable; main; first: as, the principal officers of a government; the principal points in an argument; the principal products of a country.
    • principal Of or pertaining to a prince; princely.
    • principal Synonyms Leading, great, capital, cardinal, supreme.
    • n principal A chief or head; one who takes a leading part; one primarily concerned in an action, and not an auxiliary, accessory, assistant, or agent: as, the principals in a duel.
    • n principal A governor or presiding officer; one who is Chief in authority. ; ; . Specifically, the head of an institution of learning: a title used in colleges or universities in Scotland, Canada, and other parts of the British empire
    • n principal In law: A person who, being sui juris, and competent to do an act on his own account, employs another person to do it; the person from whom an agent's authority is derived. Compare master, 2.
    • n principal A person for whom another becomes surety; one who is liable for a debt in the first instance.
    • n principal In testamentary and administration law, the corpus or capital of the estate, in contradistinction to the income. Thus, under a gift of the income of stock to A for life, and on A's death the stock to B, it is often a contested question whether a stock dividend, as distinguished from a money dividend, is income or principal.
    • n principal In criminal law, the actor in the commission of a crime; a person concerned in the commission of a crime, whether he directly commits the act constituting the offense or instigates or aids and abets in its commission. A principal in the first degree is the absolute perpetrator of the act which constitutes the crime, whether he does it with his own hand or by the hand of an innocent third person, the third person being ignorant of the character of the act perpetrated. A principal in the second degree is a person who, without actually participating in the act itself, is present, aiding and encouraging the person who commits the act. See accessory.
    • n principal In com., money bearing interest; a capital sum lent on interest, due as a debt or used as a fund: so called in distinction to interest or profits.
    • n principal In organ-building, a stop of the open diapason group, usually giving tones an octave above the pitch of the digitals used, like the octave. Such a stop is commonly the one in which the temperament is first set in tuning, and from which other stops are tuned. In Germany the open diapason is called the principal, and the octave is called the octave principal.
    • n principal A musical instrument used in old orchestral music, especially that of Handel — a variety of trumpet, probably having a larger tube than the ordinary tromba.
    • n principal In music: The subject of a fugue: opposed to answer.
    • n principal A soloist or other leading performer.
    • n principal Same as principal rafter. See rafter.
    • n principal In the fine arts, the chief motive in a work of art, to which the rest are to be subordinate; also, an original painting or other work of art.
    • n principal One of the turrets or pinnacles of waxwork and tapers with which the posts and center of a hearse were formerly crowned.
    • n principal An important personal belonging; an heirloom.
    • n principal In ornithology, one of the primaries.
    • n principal A main truss, as of a roof, where there may be many principals.
    • n principal In the Philippine Islands, every member, present or past, of the council of a pueblo; also, a first-born son of a gobernadorcillo or of a cabeza de barangay. See barangay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The four principal characters from the cartoon series "The Chipmunks" are Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and Dave.
    • adj Principal prin′si-pal taking the first place: highest in rank, character, or importance: chief
    • n Principal a principal person or thing: a head, as of a school or college: one who takes a leading part: money on which interest is paid: : : :
    • n Principal (archit.) a main beam or timber
    • n Principal (law) the person who commits a crime, or one who aids and abets him in doing it: a person for whom another becomes surety, a person who, being sui juris, employs another to do an act which he is competent himself to do
    • n Principal (mus.) an organ-stop
    • n Principal (Shak.) the principal rafter
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  • Elbert Hofstadter
    Elbert Hofstadter
    “Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Irreligion. The principal one of the great faiths of the world.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, or my principal to pay the interest.”
  • George Macdonald
    “The principal part of faith is patience.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “When someone says it ain't the money, but its the principal of the thing, it's the money.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from L. principalis,. See Prince


In literature:

But, fortunately, the Lady Principal now rose to terminate the interview.
"Dorothy at Oak Knowe" by Evelyn Raymond
If Said Pasha had taken strong measures in dealing with some of the principal townsmen, he might have saved El Obeid.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
It is only here and there that a double line of principal summits exists.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
Of other Italian cities, Venice used in old times to be the principal home, after Rome, of carnival.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Their principal demand appears somewhat strange in the light of the events of the past.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
In a holiday week in the city of Puerto Principe, the only two men I saw intoxicated were Americans.
"Pioneering in Cuba" by James Meade Adams
In 1907 a French column from Kanem entered Borku, but after capturing Ain Galakka, the principal Senussi station, retired.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
Among the principal writers of this class who succeeded Cato, the following may be mentioned.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
The principal rivers are the Dee and the Don, both of which enter the sea at the town of Aberdeen.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
The principal ports were Trieste, in Austria, and Fiume, in Hungary.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various

In poetry:

Principalities and powers,
Mustering their unseen array,
Wait for thy unguarded hours:
Watch and pray.
"Christian, seek not yet repose," by Charlotte Elliott
Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers,
Fall from Their Mystic Tree,
And sacrilegious Time devours
Each Principality.
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
Conceal not then the sins, but own,
To which thou'rt principally prone;
For 'tis a folly to deny
What's plain to God's all-seeing eye.
"Advice To Those Who Are Desirous Of Obtaining God's Favour, And Forgiveness Of Their Sins" by Rees Prichard
But the principal failing occurred in the sailing,
And the Bellman, perplexed and distressed,
Said he had hoped, at least, when the wind blew due East,
That the ship would not travel due West!
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
But the principal failing occurred in the sailing,
And the Bellman, perplexed and distressed,
Said he had hoped, at least, when the wind blew due East,
That the ship would not travel due West!
"Fit The Second - The Bellman's Speech" by Lewis Carroll
The principal river there is the Earn, rolling on its way,
And which flows from Loch Earn, and joins the silvery Tay
Above Newburgh, after a course of more than thirty miles;
And as the tourist views the scene with joy he smiles.
"Beautiful Crief" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Moore has accepted the position and becomes principal effective June 11.
"Our students really enjoyed this service learning activity," said East Picacho Elementary Principal Shelley Harris.
Inskip Elementary School Principal Elisa Luna, front, and Assistant Principal Amy Brace arrive for a press conference with Knox County School Superintendent Jim McIntyre on Aug 5, 2010 at the Andrew Johnson Building.
Woodrow Wilson Elementary Principal David Fleischmann gives second-grade teacher Sandy Summerlin a hug Tuesday after being named the Kannpolis City school system's teacher of the year.
It does so in two principal ways.
Brian Solis, principal, FutureWorks, and cofounder, Social Media Club.
STILLWATER — Principal Trent Swanson said he felt a special need to attend Thursday night's junior high game against Ponca City.
Principal roles include three women and five girls (ages 5, 7, 9, 13 and 16), plus two men.
In this scene, spring has come and a group of schoolchildren are outside, maybe on the playground, with their teacher or principal.
She is co-principal investigator of the HSPH College Alcohol Study and Study of College Health Behaviors.
A tree rededication and sign unveiling ceremony was held in honor of Sister Ernestine Quealy, former teacher and principal at St Catherine's School in Charlestown.
Ernestine Rose was the daughter of a Bridgehampton farmer and a school principal, and the niece of Judge Henry Chatfield, who was a prominent lawyer in Suffolk County and, in 1910, the first president of Bridgehampton Bank.
Vicksburg Middle School principal and student exchanged sexually explicit text messages, investigator tells judge.
Brooklyn assistant principal, Christian Del Re, allegedly sent thousands of texts and had after-midnight phone conversations with an 18-year-old student.
Local high school principals allegedly signed time cards for work that was never performed.

In science:

To define these polarized sections, we work as above on the associated principal S 1 bundle X → M with X = {v ∈ L∗ : |v |h = 1}.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
We define locally trivial quantum vector bundles (QVB) and construct such QVB associated to locally trivial quantum principal fibre bundles.
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles
Matthes: Connections on locally trivial quantum principal fibre bundles, submitted to J.
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles
Durdevic, M.: Geometry of quantum principal bundles II, Rev.
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles
Durdevic, M.: Quantum principal bundles and Tannaka-Krein duality theory, Rep.
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles