Found 2 items, similar to at large.
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Definition: at large
adj 1: considered altogether; “the country at large”
; “I enjoyed
the play as a whole though I thought the acting could
have been better”
[syn: as a whole(ip)
, at large(ip)
, in general(ip)
2: having escaped, especially from confinement; “a convict
still at large”
; “searching for two escaped prisoners”
“dogs loose on the streets”
; “criminals on the loose in
[syn: at large(p)
, at liberty(p)
, on the loose(p)
adv : in a general fashion; “he talked at large about his plans”
[syn: in a broad way
English → English
Definition: At large
(l[aum]rj), a. [Compar. Larger
.] [F., fr. L. largus. Cf. Largo
1. Exceeding most other things of like kind in bulk,
capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of
constituent units; big; great; capacious; extensive; --
opposed to small
; as, a large horse; a large house or
room; a large lake or pool; a large jug or spoon; a large
vineyard; a large army; a large city.
Note: For linear dimensions, and mere extent, great, and not
large, is used as a qualifying word; as, great length,
breadth, depth; a great distance; a great height.
2. Abundant; ample; as, a large supply of provisions.
We have yet large day. --Milton.
3. Full in statement; diffuse; full; profuse.
I might be very large upon the importance and
advantages of education. --Felton.
4. Having more than usual power or capacity; having broad
sympathies and generous impulses; comprehensive; -- said
of the mind and heart.
5. Free; unembarrassed. [Obs.]
Of burdens all he set the Paynims large. --Fairfax.
6. Unrestrained by decorum; -- said of language. [Obs.]
“Some large jests he will make.”
7. Prodigal in expending; lavish. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
8. (Naut.) Crossing the line of a ship's course in a
favorable direction; -- said of the wind when it is abeam,
or between the beam and the quarter.
(a) Without restraint or confinement; as, to go at large;
to be left at large.
(b) Diffusely; fully; in the full extent; as, to discourse
on a subject at large.
Common at large
. See under Common
Electors at large
, Representative at large
, electors, or
a representative, as in Congress, chosen to represent the
whole of a State, in distinction from those chosen to
represent particular districts in a State. [U. S.]
To give large
, To go large
, To run large
, or To sail large
(Naut.), to have the wind crossing the direction of a
vessel's course in such a way that the sails feel its full
force, and the vessel gains its highest speed. See
, a., 8.
Syn: Big; bulky; huge; capacious; comprehensive; ample;
abundant; plentiful; populous; copious; diffusive;
, prep. [AS. [ae]t; akin to OHG. az, Goth., OS., & Icel.
at, Sw. [*a]t, Dan. & L. ad.]
Primarily, this word expresses the relations of presence,
nearness in place or time, or direction toward; as, at the
ninth hour; at the house; to aim at a mark. It is less
definite than in or on; at the house may be in or near the
house. From this original import are derived all the various
uses of at. It expresses:
1. A relation of proximity to, or of presence in or on,
something; as, at the door; at your shop; at home; at
school; at hand; at sea and on land.
2. The relation of some state or condition; as, at war; at
peace; at ease; at your service; at fault; at liberty; at
risk; at disadvantage.
3. The relation of some employment or action; occupied with;
as, at engraving; at husbandry; at play; at work; at meat
(eating); except at puns.
4. The relation of a point or position in a series, or of
degree, rate, or value; as, with the thermometer at
80[deg]; goods sold at a cheap price; a country estimated
at 10,000 square miles; life is short at the longest.
5. The relations of time, age, or order; as, at ten o'clock;
at twenty-one; at once; at first.
6. The relations of source, occasion, reason, consequence, or
effect; as, at the sight; at this news; merry at anything;
at this declaration; at his command; to demand, require,
receive, deserve, endure at your hands.
7. Relation of direction toward an object or end; as, look at
it; to point at one; to aim at a mark; to throw, strike,
shoot, wink, mock, laugh at any one.
, At home
, At large
, At last
, At length
, At once
, etc. See under All
and syn.), Length
, busily or actively engaged.
. See Least
. See At one
, in the Vocabulary.
Usage: When reference to the interior of any place is made
prominent in is used. It is used before the names of
countries and cities (esp. large cities); as, we live
in America, in New York, in the South. At is commonly
employed before names of houses, institutions,
villages, and small places; as, Milton was educated at
Christ's College; money taken in at the Customhouse; I
saw him at the jeweler's; we live at Beachville. At
may be used before the name of a city when it is
regarded as a mere point of locality. “An English
king was crowned at Paris.”
Jacques Rousseau was born at Geneva, June, 28, 1712.”
--J. Morley. In regard to time, we say at the hour, on
the day, in the year; as, at 9 o'clock, on the morning
of July 5th, in the year 1775.