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Definitions of general

  1. a fact about the whole ( as opposed to particular); " he discussed the general but neglected the particular"
  2. prevailing among and common to the general public; " the general discontent"
  3. not specialized or limited to one class of things; " general studies"; " general knowledge"
  4. applying to all or most members of a category or group; " the general public"; " general assistance"; " a general rule"; " in general terms"; " comprehensible to the general reader"
  5. of national scope; " a general election"
  6. ( medicine) affecting the entire body; " a general anesthetic"; " general symptoms"
  7. somewhat indefinite; " bearing a general resemblance to the original"; " a general description of the merchandise"
  8. a general officer of the highest rank
  9. the head of a religious order or congregation
  10. Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy.
  11. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or particular; including all particulars; as, a general inference or conclusion.
  12. Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a loose and general expression.
  13. Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general opinion; a general custom.
  14. Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire.
  15. As a whole; in gross; for the most part.
  16. Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method.
  17. One of the chief military officers of a government or country; the commander of an army, of a body of men not less than a brigade. In European armies, the highest military rank next below field marshal.
  18. The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general.
  19. The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule.
  20. The public; the people; the vulgar.
  21. The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; - opposed to particular.
  22. The whole; the commander of an army division or brigade.
  23. Relating to a whole genus, kind, class, order, or race; not special or particular; pertaining to the majority; usual; ordinary; extensive but not universal; indefinite; senior or highest; as, Postmaster- General.
  24. Generally.
  25. Relating to a genus or whole class: including many species: not special: not restricted: common: prevalent r public: loose: vague.
  26. The whole or chief part: an officer who is head over a whole department: a military officer who commands a body of men not less than a brigade: the chief commander of an army in service: in the R. C. Church, the head of a religious order, responsible only to the Pope.
  27. Common; prevalent; public; vague.
  28. Officer commanding not less than a brigade; chief commander of an army.
  29. Pertaining to a genus; relating to all of a class.
  30. Large; sweeping; indefinite.
  31. Common; customary; wide- spread.
  32. Viewed as a whole.
  33. An officer who commands any body of troops not less than a brigade.
  34. A general principle, statement, or notion; totality.
  35. Relating to a whole class; comprehending many species; not special; not restricted to a particular import, or not specific; common; not directed to a single object; vague; usual.
  36. The whole; the chief part; the commander of an army; also the second in rank, or lieutenant- general, the commander of a division, or major- general, and the commander of a brigade, or brigadier- general- all general officers being above the rank of colonel; particular beat of drum or march, which, in the morning, gives notice for the infantry to be in readiness to march; the chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule. A general term, a term denoting a whole class. In general, in the main; for most part.
  37. Relating to a whole class or order; not special or particular; public; common; extensive; usual.
  38. The whole; the total; the chief commander of an army; the commander of a division.
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Usage examples for general

  1. And the following circumstances of the war were even more important than the general fact. – Biographical Essays by Thomas de Quincey
  2. He didn't get an answer, and put out a general call. – Four-Day Planet by Henry Beam Piper
  3. That's just what I should like to know, General. – The Man of Destiny by George Bernard Shaw
  4. And you, general, what do you say? – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official
  5. If the 'doctors' are already there it is we who shall have killed the general. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  6. The General thought over it. – The Tragic Comedians, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  7. It is so, general. – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official
  8. Say, General, let's have twenty- five men at least. – Corporal Cameron by Ralph Connor
  9. He may even be a great general some day. – The Mexican Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins
  10. Only I suppose it is not the general rule, and that there are friends 'with a difference. – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  11. " All right," replied the General. – Revenge! by by Robert Barr
  12. Neither of these are fix'd to a Word of a general Signification, or proper Name. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  13. And then came the general council with Cadillac in the chair. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  14. The General had known he was going away. – Mary Gray by Katharine Tynan
  15. I do happen to know that General Gordon is dead! – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
  16. " It is good, but too difficult for general use," said the friend. – The Great German Composers by George T. Ferris
  17. But the general did not think so. – The Valley of Vision by Henry Van Dyke
  18. " Really I cannot tell you all those things; they are scarcely of general interest. – Springhaven A Tale of the Great War by R. D. Blackmore
  19. But it does look as if things in general pointed in that direction. – The Auto Boys' Mystery by James A. Braden
  20. He, of course, knew about it from the general. – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
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