Webster 1913 Edition
gret, great, AS.
greát; akin to OS. & LG.
Large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous; expanded; – opposed to
greathouse, ship, farm, plain, distance, length
Large in number; numerous;
greatcompany, multitude, series, etc.
Long continued; lengthened in duration; prolonged in time;
Superior; admirable; commanding; – applied to thoughts, actions, and feelings.
Endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty; noble;
greathero, scholar, genius, philosopher, etc.
Holding a chief position; elevated: lofty: eminent; distinguished; foremost; principal;
He doth object I am too
Entitled to earnest consideration; weighty; important;
greatargument, truth, or principle
Pregnant; big (with young).
Ps. lxxviii. 71.
More than ordinary in degree; very considerable in degree;
as, to use.
greatcaution; to be in
We have all
Greatcause to give
Older, younger, or more remote, by single generation; – often used before grand to indicate one degree more remote in the direct line of descent;
great-grandfather (a grandfather’s or a grandmother's father),
the constellation Ursa Major.–
all manner of cattle except sheep and yearlings.
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
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.–
Grand master, under
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.–
the complete scale; – employed to designate the entire series of musical sounds from lowest to highest.–
the Mediterranean sea. In Chaucer both the Black and the Mediterranean seas are so called.–
The principal seal of a kingdom or state.
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 him).
The whole; the gross;
as, a contract to build a ship by the.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Large in bulk or dimensions; a term of comparison, denoting more magnitude or extension than something else, or beyond what is usual; as a great body; a great house; a great farm.
2.Being of extended length or breadth; as a great distance; a great lake.
3.Large in number; as a great many; a great multitude.
4.Expressing a large, extensive or unusual degree of any thing; as great fear; great love; great strength; great wealth; great power; great influence; great folly.
5.Long continued; as a great while.
6.Important; weighty; as a great argument; a great truth; a great event; a thing of no great consequence; it is no great matter.
7.Chief; principal; as the great seal of England.
8.Chief; of vast power and excellence; supreme; illustrious; as the great God; the great Creator.
9.Vast; extensive; wonderful; admirable.
Great are thy works. Jehovah.
10. Possessing large or strong powers of mind; as a great genius.
11. Having made extensive or unusual acquisitions of science or knowledge; as a great philosopher or botanist; a great scholar.
12. Distinguished by rank, office or power; elevated; eminent; as a great lord; the great men of the nation; the great Mogul; Alexander the great.
13. Dignified in aspect,mien or manner.
Amidst the crowd she walks serenely great.
14. Magnanimous; generous; of elevated sentiments; high-minded. He has a great soul.
15. Rich; sumptuous; magnificent. He disdained not to appear at great tables. A great feast or entertainment.
16. Vast; sublime; as a great conception or idea.
17. Dignified; noble.
Nothing can be great which is not right.
18. Swelling; proud; as, he was not disheartened by great looks.
19. Chief; principal; much traveled; as a great road. The ocean is called the great highway of nations.
20. Pregnant; teeming; as great with young.
21. Hard; difficult. It is no great matter to live in peace with meek people.
22. Familiar; intimate. [Vulgar.]
23. Distinguished by extraordinary events, or unusual importance. Jude 6.
24. Denoting a degree of consanguinity, in the ascending or descending line, as great grandfather, the father of a grandfather; great great grandfather, the father of a great grandfather, and so on indefinitely; and great grandson, great great grandson. &c.
25. Superior; preeminent; as great chamberlain; great marshal.
The sense of great is to be understood by the things it is intended to qualify. Great pain or wrath is violent pain or wrath; great love is ardent love; great peace is entire peace; a great name is extensive renown; a great evil or sin, is a sin of deep malignity, &c.
1.People of rank or distinction. The poor envy the great, and the great despise the poor.