The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of greater than average size, extent, quantity, or amount; big.
  • adj. Of greater than average scope, breadth, or capacity; comprehensive.
  • adj. Important; significant: had a large role in the negotiations; a large producer of paper goods.
  • adj. Understanding and tolerant; liberal: a large and generous spirit.
  • adj. Of great magnitude or intensity; grand: "a rigid resistance to the large emotions” ( Stephen Koch).
  • adj. Pretentious; boastful. Used of speech or manners.
  • adj. Obsolete Gross; coarse. Used of speech or language.
  • adj. Nautical Favorable. Used of a wind.
  • idiom. at large Not in confinement or captivity; at liberty: a convict still at large.
  • idiom. at large As a whole; in general: the country at large.
  • idiom. at large Representing a nation, state, or district as a whole. Often used in combination: councilor-at-large.
  • idiom. at large Not assigned to a particular country. Often used in combination: ambassador-at-large.
  • idiom. at large At length; copiously.

Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of considerable or relatively great size or extent.
  • n. An old musical note, equal to two longas, four breves, or eight semibreves.
  • n. Liberality, generosity.
  • n. A thousand dollars.

the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exceeding most other things of like kind in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of constituent units; big; great; capacious; extensive; -- opposed to small
  • adj. Abundant; ample.
  • adj. Full in statement; diffuse; full; profuse.
  • adj. Having more than usual power or capacity; having broad sympathies and generous impulses; comprehensive; -- said of the mind and heart.
  • adj. Free; unembarrassed.
  • adj. Unrestrained by decorum; -- said of language.
  • adj. Prodigal in expending; lavish.
  • adj. Crossing the line of a ship's course in a favorable direction; -- said of the wind when it is abeam, or between the beam and the quarter.
  • ad. Freely; licentiously.
  • n. A musical note, formerly in use, equal to two longs, four breves, or eight semibreves.

The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ample in dimensions, quantity, or number; having much size, bulk, volume, extent, capacity, scope, length, breadth, etc., absolutely or relatively; being of more than common measure; wide; broad; spacious; great; big; bulky: opposed to small or little, and used of both corporeal and incorporeal subjects: as, a large house, man, or ox; a large plain or river; a large supply, assembly, or number of people; to deal on a large scale or with large subjects; to seek a larger sphere; a man of large mind or heart; a large manner in painting; the largest liberty of action; to confer large powers upon an agent; large views.
  • Full; complete.
  • Ample or free in expenditure; liberal; lavish; prodigal; extravagant.
  • Ample or liberal in words; diffuse; free; full; extended: applied to language.
  • Free from restraint; being at large.
  • Free from moral restraint; broad; licentious.
  • Clamorous; boisterous; blatant.
  • Free; favorable as regards direction; fair: applied to the wind. See large, adv., 3.
  • Synonyms Big, etc. (see great); capacious, expansive, spacious.
  • n. Freedom; unrestraint: in the phrase at large (which see, below).
  • n. In old musical notation, a note properly equivalent in value either to three or to two longs, according to the rhythm used. Also called a maxima or maxim. It was variously made, as when used at the end of a piece its time value was often indefinite.
  • n. Bounty; largess.
  • n. At liberty; without restraint or confinement: as, to go at large; to be left at large.
  • n. At length; in or to the full extent; fully: as, to discourse on a subject at large.
  • n. In general; as a whole; altogether.
  • n. For the whole; free from the customary limitation. In the United States a congressman at large is one elected by the voters of a whole State instead of those of a single district; which is done when the existing apportionment by districts does not provide for all the representatives to which the State is entitled. In some places an alderman or a supervisor at large is elected by a whole city or county, in addition to those elected by wards or townships.
  • To get free.
  • Largely; broadly; freely; with license.
  • Fully; at large.
  • Nautical, before the wind; with the wind free or on the quarter, or in such a direction that studding-sails will draw: as, to go or sail large.
  • Full; at full; in all.
  • “Big”; boastfully.

WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  • adj. generous and understanding and tolerant
  • adj. conspicuous in position or importance
  • adj. fairly large or important in effect; influential
  • ad. with the wind abaft the beam
  • ad. in a boastful manner
  • adj. ostentatiously lofty in style
  • adj. having broad power and range and scope
  • n. a garment size for a large person
  • ad. at a distance, wide of something (as of a mark)
  • adj. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

Word Usage

" -- Since such an aeroplane would be of low velocity, and therefore possess a large angle of incidence, a _large camber_ would be necessary. "


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