Hypertext Webster Gateway: "community"

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

Community \Com*mu"ni*ty\, n.; pl. {Communities}. [L. communitas:
cf. OF. communit['e]. Cf. {Commonalty}, and see {Common}.]
1. Common possession or enjoyment; participation; as, a
community of goods.

The original community of all things. --Locke.

An unreserved community of thought and feeling. --W.

2. A body of people having common rights, privileges, or
interests, or living in the same place under the same laws
and regulations; as, a community of monks. Hence a number
of animals living in a common home or with some apparent
association of interests.

Creatures that in communities exist. --Wordsworth.

3. Society at large; a commonwealth or state; a body politic;
the public, or people in general.

Burdens upon the poorer classes of the community.

Note: In this sense, the term should be used with the
definite article; as, the interests of the community.

4. Common character; likeness. [R.]

The essential community of nature between organic
growth and inorganic growth. --H. Spencer.

5. Commonness; frequency. [Obs.]

Eyes . . . sick and blunted with community. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: affecting the people or community as a whole; "community
leaders"; "community interests"; "the public welfare"
[syn: {community(a)}, {public}]
2: belonging to and maintained by and for the local community;
"community parks"
n 1: a group of people living in a particular local area; "the
team is drawn from all parts of the community"
2: a group of people having ethnic or cultural or religious
characteristics in common; "the Christian community of the
apostolic age"; "he was well known throughout the Catholic
3: common ownership; "they shared a community of possessions"
4: a group of nations having common interests; "they hoped to
join the NATO community"
5: the body of people in a learned occupation; "the news spread
rapidly through the medical community" [syn: {profession}]
6: agreement as to goals; "the preachers and the bootleggers
found they had a community of interests" [syn: {community
of interests}]
7: a district where people live; occupied primarily by private
residences [syn: {residential district}, {residential area}]
8: (ecology) a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the
same region and interacting with each other [syn: {biotic

Additional Hypertext Webster Gateway Lookup

Enter word here:
Exact Approx

Gateway by dict@stokkie.net
stock only wrote the gateway and does not have any control over the contents; see the Webster Gateway FAQ, and also the Back-end/database links and credits.