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Definition: To be great
(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