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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Big  \Big\,  Bigg  \Bigg\,  v.  t.  [OE.  biggen,  fr  Icel.  byggja  to 
  inhabit,  to  build,  b?a  (neut.)  to  dwell  (active)  to  make 
  ready.  See  {Boor},  and  {Bound}.] 
  To  build.  [Scot.  &  North  of  Eng.  Dial.]  --Sir  W.  Scott. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Big  \Big\,  a.  [Compar.  {Bigger};  superl.  {Biggest}.]  [Perh.  from 
  Celtic;  cf  W.  beichiog  beichiawg  pregnant,  with  child,  fr 
  baich  burden,  Arm.  beac'h;  or  cf  OE  bygly  Icel.  biggiligr 
  (properly)  habitable;  (then)  magnigicent,  excellent,  fr  OE 
  biggen,  Icel.  byggja  to  dwell,  build,  akin  to  E.  be.] 
  1.  Having  largeness  of  size;  of  much  bulk  or  magnitude;  of 
  great  size;  large  ``He's  too  big  to  go  in  there.'' 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Great  with  young;  pregnant;  swelling;  ready  to  give  birth 
  or  produce;  --  often  figuratively. 
 
  [Day]  big  with  the  fate  of  Cato  and  of  Rome. 
  --Addison. 
 
  3.  Having  greatness,  fullness,  importance,  inflation, 
  distention,  etc.,  whether  in  a  good  or  a  bad  sense  as  a 
  big  heart;  a  big  voice;  big  looks  to  look  big  As  applied 
  to  looks  it  indicates  haughtiness  or  pride. 
 
  God  hath  not  in  heaven  a  bigger  argument.  --Jer. 
  Taylor. 
 
  Note:  Big  is  often  used  in  self-explaining  compounds;  as 
  big-boned;  big-sounding;  big-named;  big-voiced. 
 
  {To  talk  big},  to  talk  loudly,  arrogantly,  or  pretentiously. 
 
  I  talked  big  to  them  at  first  --De  Foe. 
 
  Syn:  Bulky;  large  great;  massive;  gross. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Big  \Big\,  Bigg  \Bigg\,  n.  [OE.  bif,  bigge;  akin  to  Icel.  bygg 
  Dan.  byg,  Sw  bjugg.]  (Bot.) 
  Barley,  especially  the  hardy  four-rowed  kind 
 
  ``Bear  interchanges  in  local  use  now  with  barley,  now 
  with  bigg.''  --New  English 
  Dict. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  big 
  adj  1:  above  average  in  size  or  number  or  quantity  or  magnitude  or 
  extent;  "a  large  city";  "set  out  for  the  big  city";  "a 
  large  sum";  "a  big  (or  large)  barn";  "a  large  family"; 
  "big  businesses";  "a  big  expenditure";  "a  large  number 
  of  newspapers";  "a  big  group  of  scientists";  "large 
  areas  of  the  world"  [syn:  {large}]  [ant:  {small},  {small}] 
  2:  (informal)  "graduation  was  a  big  day  in  his  life" 
  3:  of  very  great  significance  "deciding  to  drop  the  atom  bomb 
  was  a  very  big  decision";  "a  momentous  event"  [syn:  {momentous}] 
  4:  conspicuous  in  position  or  importance;  "a  big  figure  in  the 
  movement";  "big  man  on  campus";  "he's  very  large  in 
  financial  circles";  "a  prominent  citizen"  [syn:  {large},  {prominent}] 
  5:  very  intense;  "a  bad  headache";  "in  a  big  rage";  "had  a  big 
  (or  bad)  shock";  "a  bad  earthquake";  "a  bad  storm"  [syn:  {bad}] 
  6:  loud  and  firm;  "a  big  voice";  "big  bold  piano  sounds" 
  7:  prodigious;  "big  spender";  "big  eater";  "heavy  investor" 
  [syn:  {big(a)},  {heavy(a)}] 
  8:  (of  animals)  fully  developed;  "an  adult  animal";  "a  grown 
  woman"  [syn:  {adult},  {full-grown},  {fully  grown},  {grown}, 
  {grownup}] 
  9:  marked  by  intense  physical  force;  "a  big  wind";  "high  winds" 
  [syn:  {high}] 
  10:  feeling  self-importance;  "too  big  for  his  britches";  "had  a 
  swelled  head";  "he  was  swelled  with  pride"  [syn:  {swelled}, 
  {vainglorious}] 
  11:  exhibiting  self-importance;  "big  talk"  [syn:  {boastful},  {braggart(a)}, 
  {bragging(a)},  {braggy},  {cock-a-hoop},  {crowing},  {self-aggrandizing}] 
  12:  older  and  (at  least  formerly)  larger  than  another  though 
  relative  size  is  not  the  issue;  "big  sister"  [syn:  {big(a)}, 
  {elder},  {older}]  [ant:  {little(a)}] 
  13:  generous  and  understanding  and  tolerant;  "a  heart  big  enough 
  to  hold  no  grudges";  "that's  very  big  of  you  to  be  so 
  forgiving";  "a  large  and  generous  spirit";  "a  large 
  heart";  "magnanimous  toward  his  enemies"  [syn:  {large},  {magnanimous}] 
  14:  given  or  giving  freely;  "was  a  big  tipper";  "the  bounteous 
  goodness  of  God";  "bountiful  compliments";  "a  freehanded 
  host";  "a  handsome  allowance";  "Saturday's  child  is 
  loving  and  giving";  "a  liberal  backer  of  the  arts";  "a 
  munificent  gift";  "her  fond  and  openhanded  grandfather" 
  [syn:  {bighearted},  {bounteous},  {bountiful},  {freehanded}, 
  {handsome},  {giving},  {liberal},  {openhanded}] 
  15:  in  an  advanced  stage  of  pregnancy;  "was  big  with  child"; 
  "was  great  with  child"  [syn:  {big(p)},  {enceinte},  {expectant}, 
  {gravid},  {great(p)},  {large(p)},  {heavy(p)},  {with 
  child(p)}] 
  adv  1:  extremely  well  "his  performance  went  over  big" 
  2:  in  a  boastful  manner;  "he  talked  big  all  evening"  [syn:  {boastfully}, 
  {vauntingly},  {large}] 
  3:  on  a  grand  scale;  "think  big"  [ant:  {small}] 
  4:  in  a  major  way  "the  play  failed  big  at  the  box  office" 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  \big 
 
    Prefix  of  several  {LaTeX}  commands  implying  a  larger 
  symbol.  See  the  command  without  "big".  Often  used  to  convert 
  a  {dyadic}  operator  into  a  function  which  operates  on  a  set 
  E.g.  \sqcup,  \bigsqcup. 
 
  (1995-02-03) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  BIG 
  Bionet  Intelligent  Gateway  BioData 
 
 




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