large: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (lärj), [key]
— adj., n., adv. larg•er, larg•est,
  1. of more than average size, quantity, degree, etc.; exceeding that which is common to a kind or class; big; great: a large house; a large number; in large measure; to a large extent.
  2. on a great scale: a large producer of kitchen equipment.
  3. of great scope or range; extensive; broad.
  4. grand or pompous:large, bombastic talk. a man given to
  5. (of a map, model, etc.) representing the features of the original with features of its own that are relatively large so that great detail may be shown.
  6. famous; successful; important: He's very large in financial circles.
  7. generous; bountiful; lavish.
    1. unrestrained in the use of language; gross; improper.
    2. unrestrained in behavior or manner; uninhibited.
  8. free (def. 33).
  1. the longest note in mensural notation.
  2. generosity; bounty.
  3. The murderer is still at large.
    1. free from restraint or confinement; at liberty:The murderer is still at large.
    2. to a considerable extent; at length:to treat a subject at large.
    3. as a whole; in general:the country at large.
    4. Also,at-large.representing the whole of a state, district, or body rather than one division or part of it:a delegate at large.
  4. on a large scale; from a broad point of view: a problem seen in large.
  1. with the wind free or abaft the beam so that all sails draw fully.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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