major

Definitions:

  • Greater than others in importance or rank.
  • Great in scope or effect.
  • Great in number, size, or extent.
  • Requiring great attention or concern; very serious.
  • Legally recognized as having reached the age of adulthood.
  • Of or relating to the field of academic study in which a student specializes.
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  • Designating a scale or mode having half steps between the third and fourth and the seventh and eighth degrees.
  • Equivalent to the distance between the tonic note and the second or third or sixth or seventh degrees of a major scale or mode.
  • Based on a major scale.
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  • A commissioned rank in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above captain and below lieutenant colonel.
  • One who holds this rank.
  • One that is superior in rank, importance, or ability.
  • One recognized by the law as having reached the age of adulthood.
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  • A field of study chosen as an academic specialty.
  • A student specializing in such studies.
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  • A major premise.
  • A major term.
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  • A major scale, key, interval, or mode.
  • A chord containing a major third between the first and second notes and a minor third between the second and third notes.
  • The major leagues.
  • To pursue academic studies in a major.
  • To act the major; look and talk big, or with a military air.
  • In <em>prosody</em>, noting the longer of two types of verse which bear a common name.
  • Greater; more important or effective; first in force or consideration; leading; principal: as, the <em>major</em> premise or term of a syllogism.
  • Greater in quantity, number, or extent: as, the <em>major</em> part of the revenue, of an assembly, or of a territory.
  • Of age; having attained to majority.
  • In <em>music</em>
  • Of intervals, standard or normal; literally “greater,” as compared with minor intervals.
  • Of tones, distant by a major interval from a given tone: as, A is the <em>major</em> third of F, etc.
  • Of tonalities and scales, standard or normal: characterized by a major third and also by a major sixth and seventh: opposed to <em>minor.</em>
  • Of triads and chords, characterized by a major third between the root and the tone next above, and a perfect fifth between the root and the second tone above: opposed to <em>minor, diminished</em>, and <em>augmented.</em>
  • Of cadences, ending in a major triad.
  • Of modes in the modern sense, and thus of composition in general, characterized by the use of a major tonality and of major cadences: as, a piece is written throughout in the <em>major</em> mode.
  • In <em>logic</em>, wider; broader; more extensive; a predicate to more subjects.
  • <em>Milit.</em>, an officer next in rank above a captain and below a lieutenant-colonel; the lowest field-officer.
  • In <em>law</em>, a person who is old enough to manage his own concerns. See <internalXref urlencoded="age">age</internalXref>, n., 3.
  • In <em>music</em>, the major mode, or a major tonality or major chord, taken absolutely.
  • In <em>logic</em>
  • The major premise of a syllogism, which in direct syllogisms states the rule from which the conclusion is drawn.
  • The major extreme of a syllogism.
  • Same as <internalXref urlencoded="mayor">mayor</internalXref>.
  • An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
  • A person of full age.
  • That premise which contains the major term. It its the first proposition of a regular syllogism; as: No unholy person is qualified for happiness in heaven [the major]. Every man in his natural state is unholy [minor]. Therefore, no man in his natural state is qualified for happiness in heaven [conclusion or inference].
  • A mayor.
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