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Accountatn general

  • the head or superintending accountant in certain public offices. Also, formerly, an officer in the English court of chancery who received the moneys paid into the court, and deposited them in the Bank of England.
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Adjutant general

  • noun a general's adjutant; chief administrative officer
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  • (a) (Mil.), the principal staff officer of an army, through whom the commanding general receives communications and issues military orders. In the U. S. army he is brigadier general. (b) (Among the Jesuits), one of a select number of fathers, who resided with the general of the order, each of whom had a province or country assigned to his care.
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attorney general

  • noun the chief law officer of a country or state
  • noun the person who holds the position of secretary of the Justice Department
    United States Attorney General; Attorney General.
    • Edmund Randolph was the first Attorney General, appointed by President Washington
  • noun the position of the head of the Justice Department and the chief law enforcement officer of the United States
    Attorney General.
    • the post of Attorney General was created in 1789
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attorney general of the united states

  • noun the position of the head of the Justice Department and the chief law enforcement officer of the United States
    Attorney General.
    • the post of Attorney General was created in 1789
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attorney-general

At*tor"ney-gen"er*al noun
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(plural Attorney-generals or Attorneys-general)
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  1. (Law) The chief law officer of the state, empowered to act in all litigation in which the law-executing power is a party, and to advise this supreme executive whenever required. Wharton.
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brigadier general

  • noun a general officer ranking below a major general
    brigadier.
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Brig`a*dier" gen"er*al
Etymology
F. brigadier, fr. brigade.
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  1. (Mil.) An officer in rank next above a colonel, and below a major general. He commands a brigade, and is sometimes called, by a shortening of his title, simple a brigadier.
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Captain general

  • . (a) The commander in chief of an army or armies, or of the militia. (b) The Spanish governor of Cuba and its dependent islands.
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Captaincy general

  • the office, power, teritory, or jurisdiction of a captain general; as, the captaincy general of La Habana (Cuba and its islands).
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Commissary general

  • an officer in charge of some special department of army service ; as: (a) The officer in charge of the commissariat and transport department, or of the ordinace store department. Eng. (b) The commissary general of subsistence. U. S.
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Commissary general of subsistence

  • (Mil. U. S.), the head of the subsistence department, who has charge of the purchase and issue of provisions for the army.
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Commission of general gaol delivery

  • an authority conferred upon judges and others included in it, for trying and delivering every prisoner in jail when the judges, upon their circuit, arrive at the place for holding court, and for discharging any whom the grand jury fail to indict. Eng.
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comptroller general

  • noun a United States federal official who supervises expenditures and settles claims against the government
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Consul general

  • a consul of the first rank, stationed in an important place, or having jurisdiction in several places or over several consula.
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einstein's general theory of relativity

  • noun a generalization of special relativity to include gravity (based on the principle of equivalence)
    Einstein's general theory of relativity; general relativity; general relativity theory.
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estates general

  • noun assembly of the estates of all France; last meeting in 1789
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Farmer-general

  • F. fermier-general, one to whom the right of levying certain taxes, in a particular district, was farmed out, under the former French monarchy, for a given sum paid down.
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field general

  • noun (football) the person who plays quarterback
    quarterback; signal caller.
  • noun (American football) the position of the football player in the backfield who directs the offensive play of his team
    quarterback; signal caller.
    • quarterback is the most important position on the team
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full general

  • noun a general officer of the highest rank
    general.
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General agent

  • noun someone authorized to transact every kind of business for the principal
    universal agent.
  • noun an agent who sells insurance
    insurance broker; insurance agent; underwriter.
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  • (Law), an agent whom a principal employs to transact all his business of a particular kind, or to act in his affairs generally.
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general agreement on tariffs and trade

  • noun a United Nations agency created by a multinational treaty to promote trade by the reduction of tariffs and import quotas
    GATT.
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general anaesthesia

  • noun a state of total unconsciousness resulting from anesthetic drugs (as for a major surgical operation)
    general anaesthesia.
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general anaesthetic

  • noun an anesthetic that anesthetizes the entire body and causes loss of consciousness
    general anaesthetic.
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general anatomy

  • noun the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
    anatomy.
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general anesthesia

  • noun a state of total unconsciousness resulting from anesthetic drugs (as for a major surgical operation)
    general anaesthesia.
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general anesthetic

  • noun an anesthetic that anesthetizes the entire body and causes loss of consciousness
    general anaesthetic.
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General assembly

  • noun the supreme deliberative assembly of the United Nations
  • noun persons who make or amend or repeal laws
    legislature; legislative assembly; law-makers; legislative body.
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  • . See the Note under Assembly.
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General average, General Court

  • . See under Average, Court.
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general baptist

  • noun group of Baptist congregations believing the teachings of the Dutch theologian Jacobus Arminius (who opposed the doctrine of strict predestination of the Calvinists)
    Arminian Baptist.
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general certificate of secondary education

  • noun the basic level of a subject taken in school
    O level; GCSE.
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general charles de gaulle

  • noun French general and statesman who became very popular during World War II as the leader of the Free French forces in exile (1890-1970)
    Charles de Gaulle; de Gaulle; Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle; General Charles de Gaulle.
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General court-martial

  • (Mil.), the highest military and naval judicial tribunal.
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general custer

  • noun United States general who was killed along with all his command by the Sioux at the Battle of Little Bighorn (1839-1876)
    George Armstrong Custer; Custer.
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general damages

  • noun (law) compensation for losses that can readily be proven to have occurred and for which the injured party has the right to be compensated
    compensatory damages; actual damages.
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general de gaulle

  • noun French general and statesman who became very popular during World War II as the leader of the Free French forces in exile (1890-1970)
    Charles de Gaulle; de Gaulle; Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle; General Charles de Gaulle.
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General dealer

  • (Com.), a shopkeeper who deals in all articles in common use.
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general delivery

  • noun the part of a post office that handles mail for persons who call for it
    poste restante.
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General demurrer

  • (Law), a demurrer which objects to a pleading in general terms, as insufficient, without specifying the defects. Abbott.
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general election

  • noun a national or state election; candidates are chosen in all constituencies
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General epistle

  • a canonical epistle.
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general franco

  • noun Spanish general whose armies took control of Spain in 1939 and who ruled as a dictator until his death (1892-1975)
    Francisco Franco; Franco; El Caudillo.
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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.
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general headquarters

  • noun military headquarters from which a military commander controls and organizes the forces
    command post; GHQ.
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General hospitals

  • (Mil.), hospitals established to receive sick and wounded sent from the field hospitals. Farrow.
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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.
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general knowledge

  • noun knowledge that is available to anyone
    public knowledge.
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general ledger

  • noun the ledger that contains all of the financial accounts of a business; contains offsetting debit and credit accounts (including control accounts)
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General lien

  • noun a lien on all the property owned by a debtor and not just a specific property
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  • (Law), a right to detain a chattel, etc., until payment is made of any balance due on a general account.
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general manager

  • noun the highest ranking manager
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general medicine

  • noun the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and (nonsurgical) treatment of diseases of the internal organs (especially in adults)
    internal medicine.
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General officer

  • noun officers in the Army or Air Force or Marines above the rank of colonel
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  • (Mil.), any officer having a rank above that of colonel.
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General orders

  • (Mil.), orders from headquarters published to the whole command.
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General practitioner

  • noun a physician who is not a specialist but treats all illnesses
    GP.
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  • 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.
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general relativity

  • noun a generalization of special relativity to include gravity (based on the principle of equivalence)
    Einstein's general theory of relativity; general relativity; general relativity theory.
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general relativity theory

  • noun a generalization of special relativity to include gravity (based on the principle of equivalence)
    Einstein's general theory of relativity; general relativity; general relativity theory.
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general security services

  • noun the Israeli domestic counterintelligence and internal security agency
    Shin Bet.
    • the Shin Bet also handles overall security for Israel's national airline
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general services administration

  • noun a central management agency that sets Federal policy for Federal procurement and real property management and information resources management
    GSA.
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General ship

  • a ship not chartered or let to particular parties.
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general staff

  • noun military officers assigned to assist a senior officer in planning military policy
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general store

  • noun a retail store serving a sparsely populated region; usually stocked with a wide variety of merchandise
    trading post; country store.
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General term

  • (Logic), a term which is the sign of a general conception or notion.
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general theory of relativity

  • noun a generalization of special relativity to include gravity (based on the principle of equivalence)
    Einstein's general theory of relativity; general relativity; general relativity theory.
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General verdict

  • noun an ordinary verdict declaring which party prevails without any special findings of fact
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  • (Law), the ordinary comprehensive verdict in civil actions, "for the plaintiff" or "for the defendant". Burrill.
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General warrant

  • (Law), a warrant, now illegal, to apprehend suspected persons, without naming individuals.
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general-purpose

  • adjective satellite not limited in use or function
    all-purpose.
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general-purpose bomb

  • noun a large bomb (500 to 2,000 pounds that is 50% explosive) whose explosion creates a blast and whose metal casing creates some fragmentation effect
    GP bomb.
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governor general

  • noun a governor of high rank
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Gov"ern*or gen"er*al
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  1. A governor who has lieutenant or deputy governors under him; as, the governor general of Canada, of India.
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In general

  • adverb without distinction of one from others
    in the main; generally.
    • he is interested in snakes in general
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  • in the main; for the most part.
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In general (or open) audience

  • publicly.
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inhalation general anaesthetic

  • noun a gas that produces general anesthesia when inhaled
    inhalation general anaesthetic; inhalation anesthetic; inhalation anaesthetic.
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inhalation general anesthetic

  • noun a gas that produces general anesthesia when inhaled
    inhalation general anaesthetic; inhalation anesthetic; inhalation anaesthetic.
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Inspector general

  • noun a military officer responsible for investigations
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  • (Mil.), a staff officer of an army, whose duties are those of inspection, and embrace everything relative to organization, recruiting, discharge, administration, accountability for money and property, instruction, police, and discipline.
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judge advocate general

  • noun the senior legal advisor to a branch of the military
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Lieutenant general

  • noun a general officer ranking above a major general and below a full general
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  • . See in Vocabulary.
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Lord justice general, ∨ Lord president

  • the highest in rank of the judges of the Supreme Court of Scotland.
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major general

Ma"jor gen"er*al
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  1. . An officer of the army holding a rank next above that of brigadier general and next below that of lieutenant general, and who usually commands a division or a corps.
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major-general

  • noun a general officer ranking above a brigadier general and below a lieutenant general
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office of inspector general

  • noun the investigative arm of the Federal Trade Commission
    OIG.
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  • noun a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization that conducted several attacks in western Europe
    PFLP-GC.
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postmaster general

  • noun the official in charge of the national postal service
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postmaster-general

Post"mas`ter-gen"er*al noun
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plural Postmasters-general
Definitions
  1. The chief officer of the post-office department of a government. In the United States the postmaster-general is a member of the cabinet.
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Quartermaster general

  • noun a staff officer in charge of supplies for a whole army
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  • (Mil.), in the United States a staff officer, who has the rank of brigadier general and is the chief officer in the quartermaster's department; in England, an officer of high rank stationed at the War Office having similar duties; also, a staff officer, usually a general officer, accompanying each complete army in the field.
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secretary general

  • noun a person who is a chief administrator (as of the United Nations)
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solicitor general

  • noun a law officer appointed to assist an attorney general
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solicitor-general

So*lic"it*or-gen"er*al noun
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  1. The second law officer in the government of Great Britain; also, a similar officer under the United States government, who is associated with the attorney-general; also, the chief law officer of some of the States.
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states general

  • noun assembly of the estates of an entire country especially the sovereign body of the Dutch republic from 16th to 18th centuries
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states-general

States"-gen"er*al noun
Definitions
  1. In France, before the Revolution, the assembly of the three orders of the kingdom, namely, the clergy, the nobility, and the third estate, or commonalty.
  2. In the Netherlands, the legislative body, composed of two chambers.
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superior general

  • noun the head of a religious order or congregation
    general.
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Surgeon general

  • noun the head of the United States Public Health Service
  • noun the senior medical officer in an Army or Navy
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  • . (a) In the United States army, the chief of the medical department. (b) In the British army, a surgeon ranking next below the chief of the medical department.
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Surveyor general

  • . (a) A principal surveyor; as, the surveyor general of the king's manors, or of woods and parks. Eng. (b) An officer having charge of the survey of the public lands of a land district. U.S. Davies & Peck (Math. Dict.).
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united states attorney general

  • noun the person who holds the position of secretary of the Justice Department
    United States Attorney General; Attorney General.
    • Edmund Randolph was the first Attorney General, appointed by President Washington
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us attorney general

  • noun the person who holds the position of secretary of the Justice Department
    United States Attorney General; Attorney General.
    • Edmund Randolph was the first Attorney General, appointed by President Washington
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Vicar-general

  • noun (Roman Catholic Church) an administrative deputy who assists a bishop
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  • . (a) (Ch. of Eng.) The deputy of the Archbishop of Canterbury or York, in whose court the bishops of the province are confirmed. Encyc. Brit. (b) (R. C. Ch.) An assistant to a bishop in the discharge of his official functions.
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