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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  Of  greater  dignity;  more  important.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Of  full  legal  age.  [Obs.] 
 
  4.  (Mus.)  Greater  by  a  semitone,  either  in  interval  or  in 
  difference  of  pitch  from  another  tone. 
 
  {Major  axis}  (Geom.),  the  greater  axis.  See  {Focus},  n.,  2. 
 
 
  {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  premise}  (Logic),  that  premise  of  a  syllogism  which 
  contains  the  major  term. 
 
  {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  term}  (Logic),  that  term  of  a  syllogism  which  forms 
  the  predicate  of  the  conclusion. 
 
  {Major  third}  (Mus.),  a  third  of  two  steps. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Major  \Ma"jor\,  n.  [F.  major.  See  {Major},  a.] 
  1.  (Mil.)  An  officer  next  in  rank  above  a  captain  and  next 
  below  a  lieutenant  colonel;  the  lowest  field  officer. 
 
  2.  (Law)  A  person  of  full  age. 
 
  3.  (Logic)  That  premise  which  contains  the  major  term.  It  its 
  the  first  proposition  of  a  regular  syllogism;  as:  No 
  unholy  person  is  qualified  for  happiness  in  heaven  [the 
  major].  Every  man  in  his  natural  state  is  unholy  [minor]. 
  Therefore,  no  man  in  his  natural  state  is  qualified  for 
  happiness  in  heaven  [conclusion  or  inference]. 
 
  Note:  In  hypothetical  syllogisms,  the  hypothetical  premise  is 
  called  the  major. 
 
  4.  [LL.  See  {Major}.]  A  mayor.  [Obs.]  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  major 
  adj  1:  of  greater  importance  or  stature  or  rank;  "a  major  artist"; 
  "a  major  role";  "major  highways"  [ant:  {minor}] 
  2:  greater  in  scope  or  effect;  "a  major  contribution";  "a  major 
  improvement";  "a  major  break  with  tradition";  "a  major 
  misunderstanding"  [ant:  {minor}] 
  3:  greater  in  number  or  size  or  amount;  "a  major  portion  (a 
  majority)  of  the  population";  "Ursa  Major";  "a  major 
  portion  of  the  winnings"  [ant:  {minor}] 
  4:  of  the  field  of  academic  study  in  which  one  concentrates  or 
  specializes;  "his  major  field  was  mathematics"  [ant:  {minor}] 
  5:  (music)  of  a  scale  or  mode;  "major  scales";  "the  key  of  D 
  major"  [ant:  {minor}] 
  6:  of  greater  seriousness  or  danger;  "a  major  earthquake";  "a 
  major  hurricane";  "a  major  illness"  [ant:  {minor}] 
  7:  (law)  of  full  legal  age;  "major  children"  [ant:  {minor}] 
  8:  (British)  of  the  elder  of  two  boys  with  the  same  family 
  name  "Jones  major"  [syn:  {major(ip)}] 
  n  :  a  commissioned  military  officer  in  the  US  Army  or  Air  Force 
  or  Marines;  below  lieutenant  colonel  and  above  captain 
  v  :  have  as  one's  principal  field  of  study;  "She  im  majoring  in 
  linguistics" 




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