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great

  

      adj  
1    relatively large in size or extent; big  
2    relatively large in number; having many parts or members  
a great assembly     
3    of relatively long duration  
a great wait     
4    of larger size or more importance than others of its kind  
the great auk     
5    extreme or more than usual  
great worry     
6    of significant importance or consequence  
a great decision     
7   
a    of exceptional talents or achievements; remarkable  
a great writer     
b    (as n)  
the great, one of the greats     
8    arising from or possessing idealism in thought, action, etc.; heroic  
great deeds     
9    illustrious or eminent  
a great history     
10    impressive or striking  
a great show of wealth     
11    much in use; favoured  
poetry was a great convention of the Romantic era     
12    active or enthusiastic  
a great walker     
13    doing or exemplifying (a characteristic or pursuit) on a large scale  
what a great buffoon, he's not a great one for reading     
14    often foll by: at   skilful or adroit  
a great carpenter, you are great at singing     
15    Informal   excellent; fantastic  
16      (Brit)  
informal   (intensifier)  
a dirty great smack in the face     
17    postpositive; foll by: with  
Archaic  
a    pregnant  
great with child     
b    full (of)  
great with hope     
18    (intensifier, used in mild oaths)  
Great Scott!     
19    be great on  
Informal  
a    to be informed about  
b    to be enthusiastic about or for  
      adv  
20    Informal   very well; excellently  
it was working great     
      n  
21      (Also called)    great organ   the principal manual on an organ  
   Compare       choir       4       swell       16  
     (Old English great; related to Old Frisian grat, Old High German groz; see grit, groat)  
  greatly      adv  
  greatness      n  


Alexander the Great  
      n   356--323 b.c., king of Macedon, who conquered Greece (336), Egypt (331), and the Persian Empire (328), and founded Alexandria  
Alfred the Great  
      n   849--99, king of Wessex (871--99) and overlord of England, who defeated the Danes and encouraged learning and writing in English  
Charles the Great  
      n      another name for       Charlemagne  
Frederick the Great  
      n   official title Frederick II. 1712--86, king of Prussia (1740--86); son of Frederick William I. He gained Silesia during the War of Austrian Succession (1740--48) and his military genius during the Seven Years' War (1756--63) established Prussia as a European power. He was also a noted patron of the arts  
great-  
      prefix  
1    being the parent of a person's grandparent (in the combinations great-grandfather, great-grandmother, great-grandparent)  
2    being the child of a person's grandchild (in the combinations great-grandson, great-granddaughter, great-grandchild)  
great ape  
      n   any of the larger anthropoid apes, such as the chimpanzee, orang-utan, or gorilla  
Great Attractor  
      n     (Astronomy)   a large mass, possibly a gigantic cluster of galaxies, postulated to explain the fact that many galaxies appear to be moving towards a particular point in the sky  
great auk  
      n   a large flightless auk, Pinguinus impennis, extinct since the middle of the 19th century  
great-aunt   , grandaunt  
      n   an aunt of one's father or mother; sister of one's grandfather or grandmother  
Great Australian Bight  
      n   a wide bay of the Indian Ocean, in S Australia, extending from Cape Pasley to the Eyre Peninsula: notorious for storms  
Great Barrier Reef  
      n   a coral reef in the Coral Sea, off the NE coast of Australia, extending for about 2000 km (1250 miles) from the Torres Strait along the coast of Queensland; the largest coral reef in the world  
Great Basin  
      n   a semiarid region of the western U.S., between the Wasatch and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, having no drainage to the ocean: includes Nevada, W Utah, and parts of E California, S Oregon, and Idaho. Area: about 490000 sq. km (189000 sq. miles)  
Great Bear  
      n      the. the English name for       Ursa Major  
Great Bear Lake  
      n   a lake in NW Canada, in the Northwest Territories: the largest freshwater lake entirely in Canada; drained by the Great Bear River, which flows to the Mackenzie River. Area: 31792 sq. km (12275 sq. miles)  
Great Belt  
      n   a strait in Denmark, between Zealand and Funen islands, linking the Kattegat with the Baltic,   (Danish name)    Store Bælt  
Great Britain  
      n   England, Wales, and Scotland including those adjacent islands governed from the mainland (i.e. excluding the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands). The United Kingdom of Great Britain was formed by the Act of Union (1707), although the term Great Britain had been in use since 1603, when James VI of Scotland became James I of England (including Wales). Later unions created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1801) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1922). Pop.: 56388200 (1992 est.). Area: 229523 sq. km (88619 sq. miles)  
   See also       United Kingdom  
great circle  
      n   a circular section of a sphere that has a radius equal to that of the sphere  
   Compare       small circle  
great council  
      n   (in medieval England) an assembly of the great nobles and prelates to advise the king  
great crested grebe  
      n   a European grebe, Podiceps cristatus, having blackish ear tufts and, in the breeding season, a dark brown frill around the head  
Great Dane  
      n   one of a very large powerful yet graceful breed of dog with a short smooth coat  
Great Divide  
      n      another name for the       continental divide  
Great Dividing Range  
      pl n   a series of mountain ranges and plateaus roughly parallel to the E coast of Australia, in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria; the highest range is the Australian Alps, in the south  
Great Dog  
      n      the. the English name for       Canis Major  
Great Glen  
      n   the. a fault valley across the whole of Scotland, extending southwest from the Moray Firth in the east to Loch Linnhe and containing Loch Ness and Loch Lochy,   (Also called)    Glen More, Glen Albyn  
great gross  
      n   a unit of quantity equal to one dozen gross (or 1728)  
great-hearted  
      adj   benevolent or noble; magnanimous  
  great-heartedness      n  
Great Indian Desert  
      n      another name for the       Thar Desert  
Great Lakes  
      pl n   a group of five lakes in central North America with connecting waterways: the largest group of lakes in the world: consists of Lakes Superior, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, which are divided by the border between the U.S. and Canada and Lake Michigan, which is wholly in the U.S.; constitutes the most important system of inland waterways in the world, discharging through the St Lawrence into the Atlantic. Total length: 3767 km (2340 miles). Area: 246490 sq. km (95170 sq. miles)  
Great Leap Forward  
      n   the. the attempt by the People's Republic of China in 1959--60 to solve the country's economic problems by labour-intensive industrialization  
Great Mogul  
      n   any of the Muslim emperors of India (1526--1857)  
great mountain buttercup  
      n     (N.Z.)      See       Mount Cook lily  
great-nephew   , grandnephew  
      n   a son of one's nephew or niece; grandson of one's brother or sister  
great-niece   , grandniece  
      n   a daughter of one's nephew or niece; granddaughter of one's brother or sister  
great northern diver  
      n   a large northern bird, Gavia immer, with a black-and-white chequered back and a black head and neck in summer: family Gaviidae (divers)  
great organ  
      n      the full name for       great       21  
Great Ouse  
      n      See       Ouse       1  
Great Plains  
      pl n   a vast region of North America east of the Rocky Mountains, extending from the lowlands of the Mackenzie River (Canada), south to the Big Bend of the Rio Grande  
Great Power  
      n   a nation that has exceptional political influence, resources, and military strength  
great primer  
      n   (formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 18 point  
Great Rebellion  
      n      the. another name for the English       Civil War  
Great Red Spot  
      n   a large long-lived oval feature, south of Jupiter's equator, that is an anticyclonic disturbance in the atmosphere  
Great Rift Valley  
      n   the most extensive rift in the earth's surface, extending from the Jordan valley in Syria to Mozambique; marked by a chain of steep-sided lakes, volcanoes, and escarpments  
Great Russian  
      n  
1      (Linguistics)      the technical name for       Russian  
  
Compare  
    Belarussian       Ukrainian  
2    a member of the chief East Slavonic people of Russia  
      adj  
3    of or relating to this people or their language  
Great Salt Lake  
      n   a shallow salt lake in NW Utah, in the Great Basin at an altitude of 1260 m (4200 ft.): the area has fluctuated from less than 2500 sq. km (1000 sq. miles) to over 5000 sq. km (2000 sq. miles)  
Great Sandy Desert  
      n  
1    a desert in NW Australia. Area: about 415000 sq. km (160000 sq. miles)  
2       the English name for the       Rub` al Khali  
Great Schism  
      n  
1    the breach between the Eastern and Western churches, usually dated from 1054  
2    the division within the Roman Catholic Church from 1378 to 1429, during which rival popes reigned at Rome and Avignon  
great seal  
      n   often caps   the principal seal of a nation, sovereign, etc., used to authenticate signatures and documents of the highest importance  
Great Slave Lake  
      n   a lake in NW Canada, in the Northwest Territories: drained by the Mackenzie River into the Arctic Ocean. Area: 28440 sq. km (10980 sq. miles)  
Great Slave River  
      n      another name for the       Slave River  
Great Smoky Mountains   , Great Smokies  
      pl n   the W part of the Appalachians, in W North Carolina and E Tennessee. Highest peak: Clingman's Dome, 2024 m (6642 ft.)  
Great St Bernard Pass  
      n   a pass over the W Alps, between SW central Switzerland and N Italy: noted for the hospice at the summit, founded in the 11th century. Height: 2469 m (8100 ft.)  
Great Stour  
      n   another name for Stour (sense 1)  
great tit  
      n   a large common Eurasian tit, Parus major, with yellow-and-black underparts and a black-and-white head  
Great Trek  
      n  
the     (S. African history)   the migration of Boer farmers from the Cape Colony to the north and east from about 1836 to 1845 to escape British authority  
great-uncle   , granduncle  
      n   an uncle of one's father or mother; brother of one's grandfather or grandmother  
Great Victoria Desert  
      n   a desert in S Australia, in SE Western Australia and W South Australia. Area: 323750 sq. km (125000 sq. miles)  
Great Vowel Shift  
      n     (Linguistics)   a phonetic change that took place during the transition from Middle to Modern English, whereby the long vowels were raised (<PH:e><PH::> became <PH:i><PH::>, <PH:o><PH::> became <PH:u><PH::>, etc.). The vowels (<PH:i><PH::>) and (<PH:u><PH::>) underwent breaking and became the diphthongs (<PH:a><PH:I>) and (<PH:a><PH:U>)  
Great Wall  
      n     (Astronomy)   a vast sheet of many thousands of gravitationally associated galaxies detected in the universe  
Great Wall of China  
      n   a defensive wall in N China, extending from W Gansu to the Gulf of Liaodong: constructed in the 3rd century b.c. as a defence against the Mongols; substantially rebuilt in the 15th century. Length: over 2400 km (1500 miles). Average height: 6 m (20 ft.). Average width: 6 m (20 ft.)  
Great War  
      n      another name for       World War I  
Great Week  
      n     (Eastern Church)   the week preceding Easter, the equivalent of Holy Week in the Western Church  
great white heron  
      n  
1    a large white heron, Ardea occidentalis, of S North America  
2    a widely distributed white egret, Egretta (or Casmerodius) albus  
Great White Way  
      n   the theatre district on Broadway in New York City  
Great Yarmouth  
      n   a port and resort in E England, in E Norfolk. Pop.: 56190 (1991)  
great year  
      n   one complete cycle of the precession of the equinoxes; about 25800 years  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
have a great time; enjoy oneself
adv.
a lot; very much; in a great quantity; endlessly
[Fig.] E.g. love someone to the moon and back=love someone very much
n.
term coined by the James Bond movie, meaning that a great danger will come for Bond to overcome
anyone with a good definition ?
n.
watch a great number of episodes from the same television series in a row
portmanteau word: binge (excessive consumption of something) + watching
n.
people
Slang; used as written abbreviation
n.
ruling other people things
I respect the people in the past who were dominant and had power to control a government such as Nobutaka Oda who was a samurai because he controlled almost all areas in Japan.
n.
characteristic of awesome people or things
n.
one who solves people's problems
adj.
name given to the Great Lakes Storm of 1913
n.
face that people are showing during orgasm
SLANG
v.
snubbing people by using one's mobile phone
[Neologism] portmanteau word : phone + snubbing
n.
to concentrate and to sacrifice
n.
person who assists elderly people in their daily life
exp.
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.
adj.
in modern usage, especially among young people, also used disparagingly to mean 'rubbish' or 'ridiculous'
that is so gay: c'est nase
n.
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
v.
to lie lazily (in the sun): lizards bask on rocks, people bask on beaches. Also fig: to bask in someone's reflected glory; to bask in media attention.
n.
classical African concept, humanist phylosophy focusing on people`s interrelations. It is originary from Bantu languages.
"I am what I am because of who we all are" , "Live consciuosly" are sayings belonging to this phylosophy
v.
meet people on a chat on Internet or via e-mail or social networks. meet virtually and not physically
INTERNET
n.
rules concerning what people are owed to or allowed of, according to ethical principles of freedom and applied in society
exp.
You say 'top that!' when you have achieved something and you want to challenge other people to do better
I know four celebrities - top that!
adj.
always thinking of what other people want and being anxious not to disturb them
I want to be a considerate person who always help friends when they are in trouble.
exp.
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
n.
using a lot of people (Internet users mostly) to contribute to a collective work. For example Wikipedia uses crowdsourcing
n.
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
exp.
if people live in each other's pocket, they spend a lot of time together
exp.
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
id.
expression meaning that one should not criticize someone else for a mistake that he/she also makes or a flaw that he/she also has

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