American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Foremost in quality, rank, or importance.
- adv. Informal Very well; excellently.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the first class or rate; especially, of the highest excellence; preëminent in quality or estimation.
- n. Something rated among the first or in the first class; specifically, a war-ship of the first or most powerful rating or class.
- n. military, nautical, historical A ship of the line in the British navy that had over 100 guns on three gun decks
- adj. military, nautical, historical Describing a ship of the line in the British navy that had over 100 guns on three gundecks
- adj. by extension Exceptionally good
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of the highest excellence; preëminent in quality, size, or estimation.
- n. (Naut.) A war vessel of the highest grade or the most powerful class.
- adj. of the highest quality.
- adv. quite well
- adj. of the highest quality
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