Definitions of general

  1. of worldwide scope or applicability; " an issue of cosmopolitan import"; " the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; " universal experience"
  2. command as a general; " We are generaled by an incompetent!"
  3. a fact about the whole ( as opposed to particular); " he discussed the general but neglected the particular"
  4. prevailing among and common to the general public; " the general discontent"
  5. not specialized or limited to one class of things; " general studies"; " general knowledge"
  6. 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"
  7. of national scope; " a general election"
  8. ( medicine) affecting the entire body; " a general anesthetic"; " general symptoms"
  9. somewhat indefinite; " bearing a general resemblance to the original"; " a general description of the merchandise"
  10. a general officer of the highest rank
  11. the head of a religious order or congregation
  12. affecting the entire body; " a general anesthetic"; " general symptoms"
  13. Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy.
  14. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or particular; including all particulars; as, a general inference or conclusion.
  15. Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a loose and general expression.
  16. Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general opinion; a general custom.
  17. Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire.
  18. As a whole; in gross; for the most part.
  19. Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method.
  20. 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.
  21. The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general.
  22. The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule.
  23. The public; the people; the vulgar.
  24. The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; - opposed to particular.
  25. The whole; the commander of an army division or brigade.
  26. 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.
  27. Generally.
  28. Relating to a genus or whole class: including many species: not special: not restricted: common: prevalent r public: loose: vague.
  29. 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.
  30. Common; prevalent; public; vague.
  31. Officer commanding not less than a brigade; chief commander of an army.
  32. Pertaining to a genus; relating to all of a class.
  33. Large; sweeping; indefinite.
  34. Common; customary; wide- spread.
  35. Viewed as a whole.
  36. An officer who commands any body of troops not less than a brigade.
  37. A general principle, statement, or notion; totality.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. Relating to a whole class or order; not special or particular; public; common; extensive; usual.
  41. The whole; the total; the chief commander of an army; the commander of a division.

Usage examples for general

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