Major third
Major Ma"jor, [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. {Master}, {Mayor}, {Magnitude}, {More}, a.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Of greater dignity; more important. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Of full legal age; adult. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Mus.) Greater by a semitone, either in interval or in difference of pitch from another tone. [1913 Webster]

{Major key} (Mus.), a key in which one and two, two and three, four and five, five and six and seven, make major seconds, and three and four, and seven and eight, make minor seconds.

{Major offense} (Law), an offense of a greater degree which contains a lesser offense, as murder and robbery include assault.

{Major scale} (Mus.), the natural diatonic scale, which has semitones between the third and fourth, and seventh and fourth, and seventh and eighth degrees; the scale of the major mode, of which the third is major. See {Scale}, and {Diatonic}.

{Major second} (Mus.), a second between whose tones is a difference in pitch of a step.

{Major sixth} (Mus.), a sixth of four steps and a half step. In major keys the third and sixth from the key tone are major. Major keys and intervals, as distinguished from minors, are more cheerful.

{Major third} (Mus.), a third of two steps. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Major — Ma jor, [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. {Master}, {Mayor}, {Magnitude}, {More}, a.] 1. Greater in number, quantity, or extent; as, the major part of the assembly; the major part of the revenue; the major part of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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