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Definition: Great tithes
(gr[=a]t), a. [Compar. Greater
.] [OE. gret, great, AS. gre['a]t; akin to OS. &
LG. gr[=o]t, D. groot, OHG. gr[=o]z, G. gross. Cf. Groat
1. Large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous;
expanded; -- opposed to small
; as, a great
house, ship, farm, plain, distance, length.
2. Large in number; numerous; as, a great company, multitude,
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;
distinguished; 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. --Shak.
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.
(Astron.), the constellation Ursa Major.
(Law), all manner of cattle except sheep and
(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.
, the final examination for a degree at the
University of Oxford, England; -- called also greats
. (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.
. Same as Grand master
, under Grand
(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.
. See under Type
(Mus.), the complete scale; -- employed to
designate the entire series of musical sounds from lowest
, the Mediterranean sea. In Chaucer both the Black
and the Mediterranean seas are so called.
(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.
. See under Tithes.
, the eminent, distinguished, or powerful.
The Great Spirit
, among the North American Indians, their
chief or principal deity.
To be great
(with one), to be intimate or familiar (with
, n. [OE. tithe, tethe, properly an adj., tenth,
AS. te['o]?a the tenth; akin to ti['e]n, t?n, t[=e]n, ten, G.
zehnte, adj., tenth, n., a tithe, Icel. t[=i]und the tenth;
tithe, Goth. ta['i]hunda tenth. See Ten
, and cf. Tenth
1. A tenth; the tenth part of anything; specifically, the
tenthpart of the increase arising from the profits of land
and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support, as in
England, or devoted to religious or charitable uses.
Almost all the tithes of England and Wales are commuted by
law into rent charges.
The tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil.
Note: Tithes are called personal when accuring from labor,
art, trade, and navigation; predial, when issuing from
the earth, as hay, wood, and fruit; and mixed, when
accuring from beaste fed from the ground. --Blackstone.
2. Hence, a small part or proportion. --Bacon.
, tithes of corn, hay, and wood.
, tithes of wool, milk, pigs, etc.
, personal and mixed tithes.
, one of a board of officers appointed by
the government for arranging propositions for commuting,
or compounding for, tithes. [Eng.] --Simmonds.