major Idioms & Phrases


aid-major

Aid"-ma`jor noun

Definitions
  1. The adjutant of a regiment.
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astrantia major

  • noun European herb with aromatic roots and leaves in a basal tuft and showy compound umbels of white to rosy flowers
    greater masterwort.
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Brigade major

  • an officer who may be attached to a brigade to assist the brigadier in his duties.
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c major

  • noun (music) the major scale having no sharps or flats
    C major; C major scale.
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c major scale

  • noun (music) the major scale having no sharps or flats
    C major; C major scale.
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Canis major

  • noun a constellation to the southeast of Orion; contains Sirius
    Great Dog.
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  • L., larger dog, a constellation to the southeast of Orion, containing Sirius or the Dog Star.
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clusia major

  • noun a common tropical American clusia having solitary white or rose flowers
    pitch apple; Clusia rosea; strangler fig.
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command sergeant major

  • noun a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative officer of a headquarters unit of the Army
    command sergeant major.
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drum major

  • noun the leader of a marching band or drum corps
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Drum" ma"jor

Definitions
  1. .
  2. The chief or first drummer of a regiment; an instructor of drummers.
  3. The marching leader of a military band. U.S.
  4. A noisy gathering. R. See under Drum, n., #4
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epilepsia major

  • noun epilepsy in which the attacks involve loss of consciousness and tonic spasms of the musculature followed by generalized jerking
    grand mal epilepsy; grand mal; generalized epilepsy.
  • noun a seizure during which the patient becomes unconscious and has convulsions over the entire body
    grand mal; generalized seizure.
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etat major

É`tat" Ma`jor"

Also
  • Etat Major
  • État Major
Etymology
F., fr. état state + L. major greater.
Definitions
  1. (Mil.) The staff of an army, including all officers above the rank of colonel, also, all adjutants, inspectors, quartermasters, commissaries, engineers, ordnance officers, paymasters, physicians, signal officers, judge advocates; also, the noncommissioned assistants of the above officers.
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Fife major

  • (Mil.), a noncommissioned officer who superintends the fifers of a regiment.
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Havildar major

  • a native sergeant major in the East Indian army.
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john major

  • noun British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
    Major; John Major; John R. Major.
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john r. major

  • noun British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
    Major; John Major; John R. Major.
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john roy major

  • noun British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
    Major; John Major; John R. Major.
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major affective disorder

  • noun any mental disorder not caused by detectable organic abnormalities of the brain and in which a major disturbance of emotions is predominant
    affective disorder; emotional disturbance; emotional disorder.
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Major axis

  • noun the longest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid; passes through the two foci
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  • (Geom.), the greater axis. See Focus, n., 2.
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major depressive episode

  • noun (psychiatry) a state of depression with all the classic symptoms (anhedonia and lethargy and sleep disturbance and despondency and morbid thoughts and feelings of worthlessness and sometimes attempted suicide) but with no known organic dysfunction
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major diatonic scale

  • noun a diatonic scale with notes separated by whole tones except for the 3rd and 4th and 7th and 8th
    major diatonic scale.
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major fast day

  • noun one of two major fast days on the Jewish calendar
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major form class

  • noun any of the major parts of speech of traditional grammar
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major general

Ma"jor gen"er*al

Definitions
  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 key

  • noun a key whose harmony is based on the major scale
    major key.
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  • (Mus.), a key in which one and two, two and three, four and five, five and six and seven, make major seconds, and three and four, and seven and eight, make minor seconds.
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major league

  • noun the most important league in any sport (especially baseball)
    majors; big league.
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major leaguer

  • noun a member of a major-league baseball team
    big leaguer.
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major lobe

  • noun the maximum lobe in the radiation pattern which is intended to be along the forward axis and which gives the effect of a beam
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major mode

  • noun a key whose harmony is based on the major scale
    major key.
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Major offense

  • (Law), an offense of a greater degree which contains a lesser offense, as murder and robbery include assault.
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major planet

  • noun (astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in order of their proximity to the sun; viewed from the constellation Hercules, all the planets rotate around the sun in a counterclockwise direction
    planet.
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major power

  • noun a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
    power; superpower; great power; world power.
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Major premise

  • noun the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion)
    major premise.
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  • (Logic), that premise of a syllogism which contains the major term.
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major premiss

  • noun the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion)
    major premise.
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Major scale

  • noun a diatonic scale with notes separated by whole tones except for the 3rd and 4th and 7th and 8th
    major diatonic scale.
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  • (Mus.), the natural diatonic scale, which has semitones between the third and fourth, and seventh and fourth, and seventh and eighth degrees; the scale of the major mode, of which the third is major. See Scale, and Diatonic.
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Major second

  • (Mus.), a second between whose tones is a difference in pitch of a step.
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Major sixth

  • (Mus.), a sixth of four steps and a half step. In major keys the third and sixth from the key tone are major. Major keys and intervals, as distinguished from minors, are more cheerful.
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major suit

  • noun (bridge) a suit of superior scoring value, either spades or hearts
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major surgery

  • noun any surgical procedure that involves anesthesia or respiratory assistance
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Major term

  • noun the term in a syllogism that is the predicate of the conclusion
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  • (Logic), that term of a syllogism which forms the predicate of the conclusion.
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Major third

  • (Mus.), a third of two steps.
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major tranquilizer

  • noun tranquilizer used to treat psychotic conditions when a calming effect is desired
    antipsychotic; neuroleptic agent; major tranquilliser; neuroleptic; antipsychotic agent; major tranquilizer; antipsychotic drug; neuroleptic drug.
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major tranquilliser

  • noun tranquilizer used to treat psychotic conditions when a calming effect is desired
    antipsychotic; neuroleptic agent; major tranquilliser; neuroleptic; antipsychotic agent; major tranquilizer; antipsychotic drug; neuroleptic drug.
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major tranquillizer

  • noun tranquilizer used to treat psychotic conditions when a calming effect is desired
    antipsychotic; neuroleptic agent; major tranquilliser; neuroleptic; antipsychotic agent; major tranquilizer; antipsychotic drug; neuroleptic drug.
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major-domo

  • noun the chief steward or butler of a great household
    seneschal.
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Ma`jor-do"mo noun

Etymology
Sp. mayordomo, or It. maggiordomo; both fr. LL. majordomus; L. major greater + domus house.
Definitions
  1. A man who has authority to act, within certain limits, as master of the house; a steward; also, a chief minister or officer.
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major-general

  • noun a general officer ranking above a brigadier general and below a lieutenant general
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major-league club

  • noun a team that plays in a major league
    major-league club.
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major-league team

  • noun a team that plays in a major league
    major-league club.
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musculus pectoralis major

  • noun a skeletal muscle that adducts and rotates the arm
    greater pectoral muscle; musculus pectoralis major.
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musculus rhomboideus major

  • noun rhomboid muscle that draws the scapula toward the spinal column
    musculus rhomboideus major; greater rhomboid muscle.
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musculus teres major

  • noun teres muscle that moves the arm and rotates it medially
    teres major; musculus teres major.
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pectoralis major

  • noun a skeletal muscle that adducts and rotates the arm
    greater pectoral muscle; musculus pectoralis major.
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pipe major

  • noun the chief piper in a band of bagpipes
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plantago major

  • noun common European perennial naturalized worldwide; a troublesome weed
    whiteman's foot; cart-track plant; common plantain; white-man's foot; broad-leaved plantain.
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publius cornelius scipio africanus major

  • noun Roman general who commanded the invasion of Carthage in the second Punic War and defeated Hannibal at Zama (circa 237-183 BC)
    Scipio Africanus; Scipio the Elder; Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major; Scipio; Publius Cornelius Scipio.
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rhomboideus major muscle

  • noun rhomboid muscle that draws the scapula toward the spinal column
    musculus rhomboideus major; greater rhomboid muscle.
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scale of c major

  • noun (music) the major scale having no sharps or flats
    C major; C major scale.
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scipio africanus major

  • noun Roman general who commanded the invasion of Carthage in the second Punic War and defeated Hannibal at Zama (circa 237-183 BC)
    Scipio Africanus; Scipio the Elder; Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major; Scipio; Publius Cornelius Scipio.
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Sergeant major

  • noun a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative officer of a headquarters unit of the Army
    command sergeant major.
  • noun large blue-grey black-striped damselfish; nearly worldwide
    Abudefduf saxatilis.
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  • . (a) (Mil.) See the Note under def. 2, above. (b) (Zoöl.) The cow pilot.
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teres major

  • noun teres muscle that moves the arm and rotates it medially
    teres major; musculus teres major.
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teres major muscle

  • noun teres muscle that moves the arm and rotates it medially
    teres major; musculus teres major.
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thalassaemia major

  • noun a fatal form of homozygous thalassemia (inherited from both parents) in which there is no hemoglobin; skeletal deformations; heart and spleen and liver enlarged
    Cooley's anaemia; Cooley's anemia; thalassaemia major.
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thalassemia major

  • noun a fatal form of homozygous thalassemia (inherited from both parents) in which there is no hemoglobin; skeletal deformations; heart and spleen and liver enlarged
    Cooley's anaemia; Cooley's anemia; thalassaemia major.
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tierce-major

Tierce"-ma`jor noun

Etymology
Cf. F. tierce majeure.
Definitions
  1. (Card Playing) See Tierce, 4.
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Trumpet major

  • (Mil.), the chief trumpeter of a band or regiment.
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ursa major

  • noun a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star
    Great Bear.
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variola major

  • noun a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars
    variola; smallpox.
  • noun a type of smallpox virus that has a fatality rate of up to 25 percent
    variola major.
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variola major virus

  • noun a type of smallpox virus that has a fatality rate of up to 25 percent
    variola major.
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vinca major

  • noun plant having variegated foliage and used for window boxes
    large periwinkle.
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vis major

  • noun a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events
    force majeure; act of God; inevitable accident; unavoidable casualty.
    • he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God
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