American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of greater than average size, extent, quantity, or amount; big.
- adj. Of greater than average scope, breadth, or capacity; comprehensive.
- adj. Important; significant: had a large role in the negotiations; a large producer of paper goods.
- adj. Understanding and tolerant; liberal: a large and generous spirit.
- adj. Of great magnitude or intensity; grand: "a rigid resistance to the large emotions” ( Stephen Koch).
- adj. Pretentious; boastful. Used of speech or manners.
- adj. Obsolete Gross; coarse. Used of speech or language.
- adj. Nautical Favorable. Used of a wind.
- idiom. at large Not in confinement or captivity; at liberty: a convict still at large.
- idiom. at large As a whole; in general: the country at large.
- idiom. at large Representing a nation, state, or district as a whole. Often used in combination: councilor-at-large.
- idiom. at large Not assigned to a particular country. Often used in combination: ambassador-at-large.
- idiom. at large At length; copiously.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ample in dimensions, quantity, or number; having much size, bulk, volume, extent, capacity, scope, length, breadth, etc., absolutely or relatively; being of more than common measure; wide; broad; spacious; great; big; bulky: opposed to small or little, and used of both corporeal and incorporeal subjects: as, a large house, man, or ox; a large plain or river; a large supply, assembly, or number of people; to deal on a large scale or with large subjects; to seek a larger sphere; a man of large mind or heart; a large manner in painting; the largest liberty of action; to confer large powers upon an agent; large views.
- Full; complete.
- Ample or free in expenditure; liberal; lavish; prodigal; extravagant.
- Ample or liberal in words; diffuse; free; full; extended: applied to language.
- Free from restraint; being at large.
- Free from moral restraint; broad; licentious.
- Clamorous; boisterous; blatant.
- Free; favorable as regards direction; fair: applied to the wind. See large, adv., 3.
- Synonyms Big, etc. (see great); capacious, expansive, spacious.
- n. Freedom; unrestraint: in the phrase at large (which see, below).
- n. In old musical notation, a note properly equivalent in value either to three or to two longs, according to the rhythm used. Also called a maxima or maxim. It was variously made, as when used at the end of a piece its time value was often indefinite.
- n. Bounty; largess.
- n. At liberty; without restraint or confinement: as, to go at large; to be left at large.
- n. At length; in or to the full extent; fully: as, to discourse on a subject at large.
- n. In general; as a whole; altogether.
- n. For the whole; free from the customary limitation. In the United States a congressman at large is one elected by the voters of a whole State instead of those of a single district; which is done when the existing apportionment by districts does not provide for all the representatives to which the State is entitled. In some places an alderman or a supervisor at large is elected by a whole city or county, in addition to those elected by wards or townships.
- To get free.
- Largely; broadly; freely; with license.
- Fully; at large.
- Nautical, before the wind; with the wind free or on the quarter, or in such a direction that studding-sails will draw: as, to go or sail large.
- Full; at full; in all.
- “Big”; boastfully.
- adj. Of considerable or relatively great size or extent.
- n. music, obsolete An old musical note, equal to two longas, four breves, or eight semibreves.
- n. obsolete Liberality, generosity.
- n. slang A thousand dollars.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Exceeding most other things of like kind in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of constituent units; big; great; capacious; extensive; -- opposed to
- adj. Abundant; ample.
- adj. Full in statement; diffuse; full; profuse.
- adj. Having more than usual power or capacity; having broad sympathies and generous impulses; comprehensive; -- said of the mind and heart.
- adj. obsolete Free; unembarrassed.
- adj. obsolete Unrestrained by decorum; -- said of language.
- adj. obsolete Prodigal in expending; lavish.
- adj. (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.
- adv. obsolete Freely; licentiously.
- n. (Mus.) A musical note, formerly in use, equal to two longs, four breves, or eight semibreves.
- adj. above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
- adj. generous and understanding and tolerant
- adj. conspicuous in position or importance
- adj. fairly large or important in effect; influential.
- adv. with the wind abaft the beam
- adv. in a boastful manner
- adj. ostentatiously lofty in style
- adj. having broad power and range and scope
- n. a garment size for a large person
- adv. at a distance, wide of something (as of a mark)
- adj. in an advanced stage of pregnancy
- From Middle English large, from Old French large, from Latin larga, feminine of largus ("abundant, plentiful, copious, large, much"). Displaced Middle English stoor, stour ("large, great") (from Old English stōr) and muchel ("large, great") (from Old English myċel). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin largus, generous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This is mainly to keep my mailbox from getting flooded with the large number of resulting responses. (and I do mean * large*).”
“-- Since such an aeroplane would be of low velocity, and therefore possess a large angle of incidence, a _large camber_ would be necessary.”
“The space enclosed by the walls was very large; and as in modern times many new buildings and ranges of buildings have been erected within, with streets and courts between them, the place has now the appearance of being a little town enclosed by walls, and surrounded by a ditch with bridges, and standing in the midst of a _large_ town.”
“In the _centre of the large circle_ which surrounds the head, and just above the tablet, is a _large medallion_, with the sun behind a cloud, and round it "Et latet et lucet.”
“Now, when I say our large fires, I mean the _large_ fires of _America_, consisting of three or four oak trees, containing a load of wood each, besides many large boughs and branches, altogether forming a fire some twenty or thirty feet long, with flames flickering up twice as high as one's head.”
“It is affirmed that the aumils and renters exact from the proprietors of the actual harvest a large increase in kind on their stipulated rent: that is, from those who hold their _pottah_ by the tenure of paying _one half_ of the produce of their crops, either _the whole_ without subterfuge, or a _large_ proportion of it by a _false measurement_ or other pretexts; and from those whose engagements are for”
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“Frames are very expensive things, and, on that account, I shall not attempt another large picture for some time, although Mr. West advises me to paint _large_ as much as possible.”
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“Medvedev said Thursday Russia is gravely concerned by what he calls the "large number of people dying" in the Syrian uprising.”
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