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Definition of general:

  1. As a whole; in gross; for the most part.
  2. Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general opinion; a general custom.
  3. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or particular; including all particulars; as, a general inference or conclusion.
  4. Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire.
  5. Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a loose and general expression.
  6. One of the chief military officers of a government or country; the commander of an army, of a body of men not less than a brigade. In European armies, the highest military rank next below field marshal.
  7. Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy.
  8. The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule.
  9. The public; the people; the vulgar.
  10. The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general.
  11. The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; - opposed to particular.
  12. Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method.


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