Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular place: a local custom; the local slang.
  • adj. Of or relating to a city, town, or district rather than a larger area: state and local government.
  • adj. Not broad or general; not widespread: local outbreaks of flu.
  • adj. Of or affecting a specific part of the body: a local infection.
  • adj. Making all possible or scheduled stops on a route; not express: a local train.
  • n. A public conveyance that makes several intermediate stops before the final destination is reached: changed trains to a local.
  • n. A local chapter or branch of an organization, especially of a labor union.
  • n. A local anesthetic.
  • n. Informal A person from a particular locality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. From or in a nearby location.
  • adj. Having limited scope (either lexical or dynamic); only being accessible within a certain portion of a program.
  • adj. Applying to each point in a space rather than the space as a whole.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a restricted part of an organism.
  • adj. Descended from an indigenous population.
  • n. A person who lives nearby.
  • n. A branch of a nationwide organization such as a trade union.
  • n. A train that stops at all, or almost all, stations between its origin and destination, including very small ones.
  • n. One's nearest or regularly frequented public house or bar.
  • n. A locally scoped identifier.
  • n. An item of news relating to the place where the newspaper is published.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a particular place, or to a definite region or portion of space; restricted to one place or region.
  • n. A train which receives and deposits passengers or freight along the line of the road; a train for the accommodation of a certain district.
  • n. In newspaper cant, an item of news relating to the place where the paper is published.
  • n. A train or bus which stops at all stations along a line, as contrasted with an express, which stops only at certain stations designated as express stops.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to place or position in space; of or pertaining to situation or locality in general.
  • Of or pertaining to a particular place; relating to a particular place or to particular places, generally implying more than mere position or situation: as, local considerations; local knowledge; a local newspaper; a local item in a newspaper; also, limited to a certain spot or region; circumscribed: as, local laws, customs, or prejudices; a local disease or remedy.
  • In grammar, relating to place or situation: as, a local adverb (as here, there, etc.).
  • In mathematics, relating to or concerning a locus.
  • In law, an action which must be brought in the particular country where the cause of action arose, such as an action to recover lands.
  • In astronomy, attraction due to irregularities in the density or form of the earth's crust, which causes gravity at a station to deviate from its normal direction.
  • An English statute of 1888 (51 and 52 Vict., c. 41), initiating a system for the local self-government of the various counties of England and Wales (or in some cases divisions of a county), and of a large number of boroughs (and in the case of London of a district consisting of parts of three counties), and organizing in each a government under the control of its people, for municipal purposes. Its chief feature is the transfer from departments of the imperial government, to a county council in each, of the regulation of local affairs, such as highways, health, education, etc.
  • In England, a dissenting clergyman who preaches at different places.
  • n. A local item in a newspaper.
  • n. In telegraphy: A local-circuit battery.
  • n. The circuit itself, including everything belonging to the current in an office or station except the line-wire and the instruments included in the line-circuit.
  • In Scots law: To apportion (an increase of the stipend of a minister of the established church) among the different heritors or landholders.
  • To lay the charge of such a stipend on or upon (a landholder or his land).
  • n. A local train; an accommodation train which stops at all stations.
  • n. A local examination: as, the university locals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. affecting only a restricted part or area of the body
  • adj. relating to or applicable to or concerned with the administration of a city or town or district rather than a larger area
  • adj. of or belonging to or characteristic of a particular locality or neighborhood
  • n. public transport consisting of a bus or train that stops at all stations or stops
  • n. anesthetic that numbs a particular area of the body

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin locālis, from Latin locus, place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

(adjective) From Old French local, from Late Latin localis ("belonging to a place"), from Latin locus ("a place").

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