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Definitions of general

  1. a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular); "he discussed the general but neglected the particular" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The whole; the commander of an army division or brigade. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. The whole or chief part: an officer who is head over a whole department: a military officer who commands a body of men not less than a brigade: the chief commander of an army in service: in the R. C. Church, the head of a religious order, responsible only to the Pope. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Officer commanding not less than a brigade; chief commander of an army. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. An officer who commands any body of troops not less than a brigade. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. A general principle, statement, or notion; totality. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. The whole; the chief part; the commander of an army; also the second in rank, or lieutenant-general, the commander of a division, or major-general, and the commander of a brigade, or brigadier-general-all general officers being above the rank of colonel; particular beat of drum or march, which, in the morning, gives notice for the infantry to be in readiness to march; the chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule. A general term, a term denoting a whole class. In general, in the main; for most part. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. The whole; the total; the chief commander of an army; the commander of a division. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Generally. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. prevailing among and common to the general public; "the general discontent" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. not specialized or limited to one class of things; "general studies"; "general knowledge" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. applying to all or most members of a category or group; "the general public"; "general assistance"; "a general rule"; "in general terms"; "comprehensible to the general reader" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. of national scope; "a general election" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. (medicine) affecting the entire body; "a general anesthetic"; "general symptoms" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. somewhat indefinite; "bearing a general resemblance to the original"; "a general description of the merchandise" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. a general officer of the highest rank Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. the head of a religious order or congregation Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or particular; including all particulars; as, a general inference or conclusion. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a loose and general expression. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general opinion; a general custom. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. As a whole; in gross; for the most part. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. One of the chief military officers of a government or country; the commander of an army, of a body of men not less than a brigade. In European armies, the highest military rank next below field marshal. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. The public; the people; the vulgar. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; - opposed to particular. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Relating to a whole genus, kind, class, order, or race; not special or particular; pertaining to the majority; usual; ordinary; extensive but not universal; indefinite; senior or highest; as, Postmaster-General. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. Relating to a genus or whole class: including many species: not special: not restricted: common: prevalent r public: loose: vague. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. Common; prevalent; public; vague. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  33. Pertaining to a genus; relating to all of a class. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. Large; sweeping; indefinite. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. Common; customary; wide-spread. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. Viewed as a whole. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. Relating to a whole class; comprehending many species; not special; not restricted to a particular import, or not specific; common; not directed to a single object; vague; usual. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  38. Relating to a whole class or order; not special or particular; public; common; extensive; usual. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for general

  1. And the following circumstances of the war were even more important than the general fact. – Biographical Essays by Thomas de Quincey
  2. He didn't get an answer, and put out a general call. – Four-Day Planet by Henry Beam Piper
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