Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Great"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mogul \Mo*gul"\, n. [From the Mongolian.]
1. A person of the Mongolian race.

2. (Railroad) A heavy locomotive for freight traffic, having
three pairs of connected driving wheels and a two-wheeled

{Great}, or {Grand}, {Mogul}, the sovereign of the empire
founded in Hindostan by the Mongols under Baber in the
sixteenth century. Hence, a very important personage; a
lord; -- sometimes only {mogul}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Great \Great\, n.
The whole; the gross; as, a contract to build a ship by the

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,

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.

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.

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) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: relatively large in size or number or extent; larger than
others of its kind; "a great juicy steak"; "a great
multitude"; "the great auk"; "a great old oak"; "a
great ocean liner"; "a great delay"
2: more than usual; "great expectations"; "great worry"
3: (used of persons) standing above others in character or
attainment or reputation; "our distinguished professor";
"an eminent scholar"; "a great statesman" [syn: {distinguished},
4: of major significance or importance; "a great work of art";
"Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th
century" [syn: {outstanding}]
5: remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or
effect; "a great crisis"; "had a great stake in the
6: (informal) very good; "a bully pulpit"; "a neat sports car";
"had a great time at the party"; "you look simply
smashing" [syn: {bang-up}, {bully}, {corking}, {cracking},
{dandy}, {groovy}, {keen}, {neat}, {nifty}, {not bad(p)},
{peachy}, {slap-up}, {swell}, {smashing}]
7: uppercase; "capital A"; "great A"; "many medieval
manuscripts are in majuscule script" [syn: {capital}, {majuscule}]
8: marked by active interest and enthusiasm; "an avid sports
fan"; "a great walker"; "an eager beaver" [syn: {avid}, {eager},
9: 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

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