The great
Great Great (gr[=a]t), a. [Compar. {Greater}; superl. {Greatest}.] [OE. gret, great, AS. gre['a]t; akin to OS. & LG. gr[=o]t, D. groot, OHG. gr[=o]z, G. gross. Cf. {Groat} the coin.] 1. Large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous; expanded; -- opposed to {small} and {little}; as, a great house, ship, farm, plain, distance, length. [1913 Webster]

2. Large in number; numerous; as, a great company, multitude, series, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. Long continued; lengthened in duration; prolonged in time; as, a great while; a great interval. [1913 Webster]

4. Superior; admirable; commanding; -- applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings. [1913 Webster]

5. Endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble; as, a great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc. [1913 Webster]

6. Holding a chief position; elevated: lofty: eminent; distinguished; foremost; principal; as, great men; the great seal; the great marshal, etc. [1913 Webster]

He doth object I am too great of birth. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. Entitled to earnest consideration; weighty; important; as, a great argument, truth, or principle. [1913 Webster]

8. Pregnant; big (with young). [1913 Webster]

The ewes great with young. --Ps. lxxviii. 71. [1913 Webster]

9. More than ordinary in degree; very considerable in degree; as, to use great caution; to be in great pain. [1913 Webster]

We have all Great cause to give great thanks. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

10. (Genealogy) Older, younger, or more remote, by single generation; -- often used before grand to indicate one degree more remote in the direct line of descent; as, great-grandfather (a grandfather's or a grandmother's father), great-grandson, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Great bear} (Astron.), the constellation Ursa Major.

{Great cattle} (Law), all manner of cattle except sheep and yearlings. --Wharton.

{Great charter} (Eng. Hist.), Magna Charta.

{Great circle of a sphere}, a circle the plane of which passes through the center of the sphere.

{Great circle sailing}, the process or art of conducting a ship on a great circle of the globe or on the shortest arc between two places.

{Great go}, the final examination for a degree at the University of Oxford, England; -- called also {greats}. --T. Hughes.

{Great guns}. (Naut.) See under Gun.

{The Great Lakes} the large fresh-water lakes (Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario) which lie on the northern borders of the United States.

{Great master}. Same as {Grand master}, under {Grand}.

{Great organ} (Mus.), the largest and loudest of the three parts of a grand organ (the others being the choir organ and the swell, and sometimes the pedal organ or foot keys), It is played upon by a separate keyboard, which has the middle position.

{The great powers} (of Europe), in modern diplomacy, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Russia, and Italy.

{Great primer}. See under {Type}.

{Great scale} (Mus.), the complete scale; -- employed to designate the entire series of musical sounds from lowest to highest.

{Great sea}, the Mediterranean sea. In Chaucer both the Black and the Mediterranean seas are so called.

{Great seal}. (a) The principal seal of a kingdom or state. (b) In Great Britain, the lord chancellor (who is custodian of this seal); also, his office.

{Great tithes}. See under Tithes.

{The great}, the eminent, distinguished, or powerful.

{The Great Spirit}, among the North American Indians, their chief or principal deity.

{To be great} (with one), to be intimate or familiar (with him). --Bacon. [1913 Webster]


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