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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grand  \Grand\,  a.  [Compar.  {Grander};  superl.  {Grandest}.]  [OE. 
  grant,  grount,  OF  grant,  F.  grand,  fr  L.  grandis;  perh. 
  akin  to  gravis  heavy,  E.  grave,  a.  Cf  {Grandee}.] 
  1.  Of  large  size  or  extent;  great;  extensive;  hence 
  relatively  great;  greatest;  chief;  principal;  as  a  grand 
  mountain;  a  grand  army;  a  grand  mistake.  ``Our  grand  foe, 
  Satan.''  --Milton. 
 
  Making  so  bold  .  .  .  to  unseal  Their  grand 
  commission.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Great  in  size,  and  fine  or  imposing  in  appearance  or 
  impression;  illustrious,  dignifled,  or  noble  (said  of 
  persons);  majestic,  splendid,  magnificent,  or  sublime 
  (said  of  things);  as  a  grand  monarch;  a  grand  lord;  a 
  grand  general;  a  grand  view;  a  grand  conception. 
 
  They  are  the  highest  models  of  expression,  the 
  unapproached  masters  of  the  grand  style.  --M. 
  Arnold. 
 
  3.  Having  higher  rank  or  more  dignity,  size,  or  importance 
  than  other  persons  or  things  of  the  same  name  as  a  grand 
  lodge;  a  grand  vizier;  a  grand  piano,  etc 
 
  4.  Standing  in  the  second  or  some  more  remote  degree  of 
  parentage  or  descent;  --  generalIy  used  in  composition; 
  as  grandfather,  grandson,  grandchild,  etc 
 
  What  cause  Mov'd  our  grand  parents,  in  that  happy 
  state,  Favor'd  of  Heaven  so  highly,  to  fall  off  From 
  their  Creator.  --Milton. 
 
  {Grand  action},  a  pianoforte  action  used  in  grand  pianos,  in 
  which  special  devices  are  employed  to  obtain  perfect 
  action  of  the  hammer  in  striking  and  leaving  the  string. 
 
 
  {Grand  Army  of  the  Republic},  an  organized  voluntary 
  association  of  men  who  served  in  the  Union  army  or  navy 
  during  the  civil  war  in  the  United  States.  The  order  has 
  chapters,  called  Posts,  throughout  the  country. 




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