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Definition: Grand action
(gr[a^]nd), a. [Compar. Grander
(gr[a^]nd"[~e]r); superl. Grandest
.] [OE. grant, grount,
OF. grant, F. grand, fr. L. grandis; perh. akin to gravis
heavy, E. grave, a. Cf. Grandee
1. Of large size or extent; great; extensive; hence,
relatively great; greatest; chief; principal; as, a grand
mountain; a grand army; a grand mistake. “Our grand foe,
Making so bold . . . to unseal
Their grand commission. --Shak.
2. Great in size, and fine or imposing in appearance or
impression; illustrious, dignifled, or noble (said of
persons); majestic, splendid, magnificent, or sublime
(said of things); as, a grand monarch; a grand lord; a
grand general; a grand view; a grand conception.
They are the highest models of expression, the
masters of the grand style. --M. Arnold.
3. Having higher rank or more dignity, size, or importance
than other persons or things of the same name; as, a grand
lodge; a grand vizier; a grand piano, etc.
4. Standing in the second or some more remote degree of
parentage or descent; -- generalIy used in composition;
as, grandfather, grandson, grandchild, etc.
Mov'd our grand parents, in that happy state,
Favor'd of Heaven so highly, to fall off
From their Creator. --Milton.
, a pianoforte action, used in grand pianos, in
which special devices are employed to obtain perfect
action of the hammer in striking and leaving the string.
Grand Army of the Republic
, an organized voluntary
association of men who served in the Union army or navy
during the civil war in the United States. The order has
chapters, called Posts, throughout the country.
, a glutton or gourmand. [Obs.] --Holland.
. See under Pensionary
(Mus.), a large piano, usually harp-shaped, in
which the wires or strings are generally triplicated,
increasing the power, and all the mechanism is introduced
in the most effective manner, regardless of the size of
(Sculp.), alto relievo.
. See under Seignior
, the principal stand, or erection for
spectators, at a, race course, etc.
(Eccl.), a principal vicar; an ecclesiastical
delegate in France.
. See under Vizier
Syn: Magnificent; sublime; majestic; dignified; elevated;
stately; august; pompous; lofty; eralted; noble.
Usage: Grand, Magnificent, Sublime. Grand, in reference to
objects of taste, is applied to that which expands the
mind by a sense of vastness and majesty; magnificent
is applied to anything which is imposing from its
splendor; sublime describes that which is awful and
elevating. A cataract is grand; a rich and varied
landscape is magnificent; an overhanging precipice is
sublime. “Grandeur admits of degrees and
modifications; but magnificence is that which has
already reached the highest degree of superiority
naturally belonging to the object in question.”