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English Dictionary: General' by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   General \Gen"er*al\, a. [F. g[82]n[82]ral, fr. L. generalis. See
      1. Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class
            or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable
      2. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or
            particular; including all particulars; as, a general
            inference or conclusion.
      3. Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not
            specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a
            loose and general expression.
      4. Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread;
            prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general
            opinion; a general custom.
                     This general applause and cheerful shout Argue your
                     wisdom and your love to Richard.         --Shak.
      5. Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam,
            our general sire. --Milton.
      6. As a whole; in gross; for the most part.
                     His general behavior vain, ridiculous. --Shak.
      7. Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or
      Note: The word general, annexed to a name of office, usually
               denotes chief or superior; as, attorney-general;
               adjutant general; commissary general; quartermaster
               general; vicar-general, etc.
      {General agent} (Law), an agent whom a principal employs to
            transact all his business of a particular kind, or to act
            in his affairs generally.
      {General assembly}. See the Note under {Assembly}.
      {General average}, {General Court}. See under {Average},
      {General court-martial} (Mil.), the highest military and
            naval judicial tribunal.
      {General dealer} (Com.), a shopkeeper who deals in all
            articles in common use.
      {General demurrer} (Law), a demurrer which objects to a
            pleading in general terms, as insufficient, without
            specifying the defects. --Abbott.
      {General epistle}, a canonical epistle.
      {General guides} (Mil.), two sergeants (called the right, and
            the left, general guide) posted opposite the right and
            left flanks of an infantry battalion, to preserve accuracy
            in marching. --Farrow.
      {General hospitals} (Mil.), hospitals established to receive
            sick and wounded sent from the field hospitals. --Farrow.
      {General issue} (Law), an issue made by a general plea, which
            traverses the whole declaration or indictment at once,
            without offering any special matter to evade it.
            --Bouvier. --Burrill.
      {General lien} (Law), a right to detain a chattel, etc.,
            until payment is made of any balance due on a general
      {General officer} (Mil.), any officer having a rank above
            that of colonel.
      {General orders} (Mil.), orders from headquarters published
            to the whole command.
      {General practitioner}, in the United States, one who
            practices medicine in all its branches without confining
            himself to any specialty; in England, one who practices
            both as physician and as surgeon.
      {General ship}, a ship not chartered or let to particular
      {General term} (Logic), a term which is the sign of a general
            conception or notion.
      {General verdict} (Law), the ordinary comprehensive verdict
            in civil actions, [bd]for the plaintiff[b8] or [bd]for the
            defendant[b8]. --Burrill.
      {General warrant} (Law), a warrant, now illegal, to apprehend
            suspected persons, without naming individuals.
      Syn: Syn. {General}, {Common}, {Universal}.
      Usage: Common denotes primarily that in which many share; and
                  hence, that which is often met with. General is
                  stronger, denoting that which pertains to a majority
                  of the individuals which compose a genus, or whole.
                  Universal, that which pertains to all without
                  exception. To be able to read and write is so common
                  an attainment in the United States, that we may
                  pronounce it general, though by no means universal.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   General \Gen"er*al\, n. [F. g[82]n[82]ral. See {General}., a.]
      1. The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to
            all, or the chief part; -- opposed to particular.
                     In particulars our knowledge begins, and so spreads
                     itself by degrees to generals.            --Locke.
      2. (Mil.) 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.
      Note: In the United States the office of General of the Army
               has been created by temporary laws, and has been held
               only by Generals U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, and P. H.
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