[loh-kuh l] /ˈloʊ kəl/
pertaining to or characterized by place or position in space; spatial.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or restricted to a particular place or particular places:
a local custom.
pertaining to a city, town, or small district rather than an entire state or country:
stopping at most or all stations:
a local train.
pertaining to or affecting a particular part or particular parts, as of a physical system or organism:
a local disease.
Medicine/Medical. (of anesthesia or an anesthetic) affecting only a particular part or area of the body, without concomitant loss of consciousness, as distinguished from general anesthesia.
a local train, bus, etc.
a newspaper item of local interest.
a local branch of a union, fraternity, etc.
a local anesthetic.
British Informal. a neighborhood pub.
verb (used without object)
Informal. to travel by or take a local train or the like.
characteristic of or associated with a particular locality or area
of, concerned with, or relating to a particular place or point in space
(med) of, affecting, or confined to a limited area or part Compare general (sense 10), systemic (sense 2)
(of a train, bus, etc) stopping at all stations or stops
a train, bus, etc, that stops at all stations or stops
an inhabitant of a specified locality
(Brit, informal) a pub close to one’s home or place of work
(med) short for local anaesthetic
(US & Canadian) an item of local interest in a newspaper
(US & Canadian) a local or regional branch of an association
(Canadian) a telephone extension
“pertaining to position,” late 14c. (originally medical, “confined to a particular part of the body”), from Old French local (13c.) and directly from Late Latin localis “pertaining to a place,” from Latin locus “place” (see locus). The meaning “limited to a particular place” is from c.1500. Local color is from 1721, originally a term in painting; meaning “anything picturesque” is from c.1900.
early 15c., “a medicament applied to a particular part of the body,” from local (adj.). Meaning “inhabitant of a particular locality” is from 1825. The meaning “a local train” is from 1879; “local branch of a trade union” is from 1888; “neighborhood pub” is from 1934.
local lo·cal (lō’kəl)
Affecting or confined to a limited part; not general or systemic.
The users on one’s local network (as opposed, say, to people one reaches via public Internet or UUCP connections). The marked thing about this usage is how little it has to do with real-space distance. “I have to do some tweaking on this mail utility before releasing it to the locals.”
- Local shared resources
operating system (LSR) A way of controlling VSAM buffers in OS/390. (2002-02-17)
- Local sign
noun 1. (physiol) the information from a receptor in the eye or the skin signifying respectively a direction in space or a given point on the body
noun 1. a frame of reference for a portion of the universe in which the mean motion of nearby stars is zero.
- Local stimulant
local stimulant n. A stimulant whose action is confined to the part to which it is applied.