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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Great  \Great\,  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. 
 
  2.  Large  in  number;  numerous;  as  a  great  company,  multitude, 
  series,  etc 
 
  3.  Long  continued;  lengthened  in  duration;  prolonged  in  time; 
  as  a  great  while  a  great  interval. 
 
  4.  Superior;  admirable;  commanding;  --  applied  to  thoughts, 
  actions,  and  feelings. 
 
  5.  Endowed  with  extraordinary  powers;  uncommonly  gifted;  able 
  to  accomplish  vast  results;  strong;  powerful;  mighty; 
  noble;  as  a  great  hero,  scholar,  genius,  philosopher, 
  etc 
 
  6.  Holding  a  chief  position;  elevated:  lofty:  eminent; 
  distingushed;  foremost;  principal;  as  great  men;  the 
  great  seal;  the  great  marshal,  etc 
 
  He  doth  object  I  am  too  great  of  birth.  --Shak. 
 
  7.  Entitled  to  earnest  consideration;  weighty;  important;  as 
  a  great  argument,  truth,  or  principle. 
 
  8.  Pregnant;  big  (with  young). 
 
  The  ewes  great  with  young.  --Ps.  lxxviii. 
  71. 
 
  9.  More  than  ordinary  in  degree;  very  considerable  in  degree; 
  as  to  use  great  caution;  to  be  in  great  pain. 
 
  We  have  all  Great  cause  to  give  great  thanks. 
  --Shak. 
 
  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 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  greatest 
  adj  1:  not  to  be  surpassed;  "his  top  effort"  [syn:  {top}] 
  2:  greatest  in  size  of  those  under  consideration  [syn:  {biggest}, 
  {largest}] 
  3:  most  of  "spoke  for  the  greatest  part  of  an  hour" 
  4:  greatest  in  importance  or  degree  or  significance  or 
  achievement;  "our  greatest  statesmen";  "the  country's 
  leading  poet";  "a  preeminent  archeologist"  [syn:  {leading(a)}, 
  {preeminent}] 
  5:  highest  in  quality  [syn:  {sterling(a)},  {superlative}] 




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