* generall (chiefly archaic)
Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to (specific) or (particular).
* c. 1495 , (John Skelton), "Vppon a deedman's hed":
* 1842 , Douglas Jerrold, "Mr Peppersorn ‘At Home’", Cakes and Ale :
- It is generall / To be mortall: / I haue well espyde / No man may hym hyde / From Deth holow eyed [...].
* 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.27:
- "Among us!" was the general shout, and Peppersorn sat frozen to his chair.
* 2006 , Ruth Sutherland, "Invite public to the private equity party", The Observer , 15 Oct 06:
- Undoubtedly the age of the Antonines was much better than any later age until the Renaissance, from the point of view of the general happiness.
Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent.
* 1865 , Edward Cust, Lives of the Warriors of the Thirty Years War , p. 527:
- One advantage of having profitable companies in Britain is that they pay large sums in corporate tax into the Exchequer, which in theory at least is used for the general good.
* 2002 , James Turner, Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London , p. 122:
- For these successes he obtained the rank of Field-Marshal General .
Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual.
* 1817 , (Walter Scott), Rob Roy , IX:
- He becomes the chief chartered libertine, the whoremaster-general flourishing his "standard" over a female army [...].
* 2008 , John Patterson, "Home movies", The Guardian , 20 Dec 08:
- ‘I can't quite afford you the sympathy you expect upon this score,’ I replied; ‘the misfortune is so general , that it belongs to one half of the species [...].’
Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category.
* 1924 , Time , 17 Mar 1924:
- The general opinion on Baz Luhrmann's overstuffed epic Australia seems to be that it throws in everything but the kitchen sink, and then tosses that in too, just to be sure.
* 2009 , Douglas P Zipes, Saturday Evening Post , vol. 281:1, p. 20:
- M. Venizelos went to Athens from Paris early last January in response to a general invitation from the Greek populace.
Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite.
* 1817 , (Walter Scott), Rob Roy , X:
- Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a general term indicating a rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) coming from the top chambers of the heart - in essence, above (supra) the lower chamber (ventricular).
* 2006 , Kevin Nance, "Ghosts of the White City", Chicago Sun-Times , 16 Jul 06:
- As she thus spoke, the entrance of the servants with dinner cut off all conversation but that of a general nature.
* 2008 , Robert P Maloney, "The Quiet Carpenter", America , vol. 199:19, p. 18:
- The quick answer is that the 1893 Exposition was simply so important -- "the greatest event in the history of the country since the Civil War," as Harper's put it that October -- but that feels too general .
Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area.
* 1941 , (W Somerset Maugham), Up at the Villa , Vintage 2004, p. 24:
- Given the scarcity of relevant historical detail in the New Testament, we are left with only a general outline about Joseph.
* 1947 , "Russian Catechism", Time , 20 Oct 1947:
- There was a moment's pause. The Princess broke in with some casual remark and once more the conversation became general .
* 2007 , Alan Cheuse, "A Little Death", Southern Review , vol. 43:3, p. 692:
- Already in the primary school work is conducted for the purpose of equipping the pupils with those elements of general knowledge which are closely related to the military preparation of future warriors.
- His measured, springless walk was the walk of the skilled countryman as distinct from the desultory shamble of the general labourer [...].
* agent general
* brigadier general
* colonel general
* generalisation, generalization
* generalise, generalize
* general anaesthetic
* general knowledge
* in general
* lieutenant general
* major general
:We have dealt with the generals ; now let us turn to the particulars.
(military ranks) A senior military title, originally designating the commander of an army and now a specific rank falling under field marshal (in the British army) and below general of the army or general of the air force in the US army and air forces.
A great strategist or tactician.
*1918 , (Rebecca West), The Return of the Soldier , Virago 2014, p. 16:
*:She flung at us as we sat down, ‘My general is sister to your second housemaid.’
A general anaesthetic; general anaesthesia.
- Hannibal was one of the greatest generals of the ancient world.
When used as a title, it is always capitalized.
: Example: General John Doe.
The rank corresponds to pay grade O-10. Abbreviations: GEN.
To lead (soldiers) as a general
* graduall (obsolete)
Proceeding by steps or small degrees; advancing step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow.
- a gradual''' increase of knowledge; a '''gradual decline
- Creatures animate with gradual life / Of growth, sense, reason, all summed up in man.
(Roman Catholic Church) An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
(Roman Catholic Church) A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.