of or relating to all persons or things belonging to a group or category:
a general meeting of the employees.
of, relating to, or true of such persons or things in the main, with possible exceptions; common to most; prevalent; usual:
the general mood of the people.
not limited to one class, field, product, service, etc.; miscellaneous:
the general public; general science.
considering or dealing with overall characteristics, universal aspects, or important elements, especially without considering all details or specific aspects:
general instructions; a general description; a general resemblance one to another.
not specific or definite:
I could give them only a general idea of what was going on.
(of anesthesia or an anesthetic) causing loss of consciousness and abolishing sensitivity to pain throughout the body.
having extended command or superior or chief rank:
the secretary general of the United Nations; the attorney general.
U.S. Army and Air Force. an officer ranking above a lieutenant general and below a general of the army or general of the air force.
U.S. Army. an officer of any of the five highest ranks: a brigadier general, major general, lieutenant general, general, or general of the army.
U.S. Marine Corps. an officer holding the highest rank in the corps.
(in numerous armies) an officer in the highest, second, or third highest rank, as one ranking immediately below a field marshal in the British army.
Ecclesiastical. the chief official of a religious order.
something that is general; generality.
Archaic. the general public.
with respect to the whole class referred to; as a whole:
He likes people in general.
as a rule; usually:
In general, the bus is here by 9 a.m.
a diminutive hero of folk tales.
an extremely small person; dwarf.
General, nickname of Charles Sherwood Stratton.
common; widespread: a general feeling of horror at the crime
of, including, applying to, or participated in by all or most of the members of a group, category, or community
relating to various branches of an activity, profession, etc; not specialized: general office work
including various or miscellaneous items: general knowledge, a general store
not specific as to detail; overall: a general description of the merchandise
not definite; vague: give me a general idea of when you will finish
applicable or true in most cases; usual
(prenominal or immediately postpositive) having superior or extended authority or rank: general manager, consul general
Also pass. designating a degree awarded at some universities, studied at a lower academic standard than an honours degree See honours (sense 2)
(med) relating to or involving the entire body or many of its parts; systemic
(logic) (of a statement) not specifying an individual subject but quantifying over a domain
an officer of a rank senior to lieutenant general, esp one who commands a large military formation
any person acting as a leader and applying strategy or tactics
a general condition or principle: opposed to particular
a title for the head of a religious order, congregation, etc
(med) short for general anaesthetic
(archaic) the people; public
in general, generally; mostly or usually
General, stage name of Charles Stratton. 1838–83, US midget, exhibited in P. T. Barnum’s circus
a dwarf; midget
Tom Thumb definition
A thumb-sized hero of children’s stories from the sixteenth century on.
armchair general, buck general
on (general) principle
noun, plural gentlemen. 1. a man of good family, breeding, or social position. 2. (used as a polite term) a man: Do you know that gentleman over there? 3. gentlemen, (used as a form of address): Gentlemen, please come this way. 4. a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered man: He behaved like a true gentleman. […]
verb (used with object), undergirded or undergirt, undergirding. 1. to strengthen; secure, as by passing a rope or chain under and around: to undergird a top-heavy load. 2. to give fundamental support; provide with a sound or secure basis: ethics undergirded by faith. verb -girds, -girding, -girded, -girt 1. (transitive) to strengthen or reinforce by […]
noun 1. the measure around anything; circumference. 2. a band that passes underneath a horse or other animal to hold a saddle in place, especially one having a buckle at each end for fastening to straps running from under the flaps of the saddle. 3. something that encircles; a band or girdle. verb (used with […]
adjective 1. (of a color or decoration) applied to a piece before the piece is glazed. noun 2. color or decoration applied to a piece before it is glazed. adjective 1. (ceramics) applied to pottery or porcelain before the application of glaze noun 2. a pigment, etc, applied in this way