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1      (Military)   an officer immediately junior to a lieutenant colonel  
2    a person who is superior in a group or class  
3    often preceded by: the     (Music)   a major key, chord, mode, or scale  
4      (U.S., Canadian, Austral., and N.Z.)  
a    the principal field of study of a student at a university, etc.  
his major is sociology     
b    a student who is studying a particular subject as his principal field  
a sociology major     
5    a person who has reached the age of legal majority  
6      (Logic)   a major term or premise  
7    pl  
the     (U.S. and Canadian)   the major leagues  
8    larger in extent, number, etc.  
the major part     
9    of greater importance or priority  
10    very serious or significant  
a major disaster     
11    main, chief, or principal  
12    of, involving, or making up a majority  
13      (Music)  
a    (of a scale or mode) having notes separated by the interval of a whole tone, except for the third and fourth degrees, and seventh and eighth degrees, which are separated by a semitone  
b    relating to or employing notes from the major scale  
a major key     
c    postpositive   denoting a specified key or scale as being major  
C major     
d    denoting a chord or triad having a major third above the root  
e    (in jazz) denoting a major chord with a major seventh added above the root  
14      (Logic)   constituting the major term or major premise of a syllogism  
15      (Chiefly U.S., Canadian, Austral., and N.Z.)   of or relating to a student's principal field of study at a university, etc.  
16      (Brit)   the elder: used after a schoolboy's surname if he has one or more younger brothers in the same school  
Price major     
17    of full legal age  
18    postpositive     (Change-ringing)   of, relating to, or denoting a method rung on eight bells  
19    intr; usually foll by: in     (U.S., Canadian, Austral., and N.Z.)   to do one's principal study (in a particular subject)  
to major in English literature     
     (C15 (adj): from Latin, comparative of magnus great; C17 (n, in military sense): from French, short for sergeant major)  
  majorship      n  

Canis Major  
      n   Latin genitive   , Canis Majoris   a constellation in the S hemisphere close to Orion, containing Sirius, the brightest star in the sky,   (Also called)    the Great Dog  
     (Latin: the greater dog)  
company sergeant major  
      n     (Military)   the senior Warrant Officer II in a British or Commonwealth regiment or battalion, responsible under the company second in command for all aspects of duty and discipline of the NCOs and men in that subunit,   (Abbrev.)    CSM      Compare       regimental sergeant major  
See also  
    warrant officer  
drum major  
      n   the noncommissioned officer, usually of warrant officer's rank, who is appointed to command the corps of drums of a military band and who is in command of both the drums and the band when paraded together  
      n   John. born 1943, British Conservative politician: Chancellor of the Exchequer (1989--90); prime minister (1990--97)  
major axis  
      n   the longer or longest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid  
      n   pl   , -mos  
1    the chief steward or butler of a great household  
2    Facetious   a steward or butler  
     (C16: from Spanish mayordomo, from Medieval Latin major domus head of the household)  
major general  
      n     (Military)   an officer immediately junior to a lieutenant general  
  major-generalship, major-generalcy      n  
major league  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)   a league of highest classification in baseball, football, hockey, etc.  
Major Mitchell  
      n   an Australian cockatoo, Kakatoe leadbeateri, with a white-and-pink plumage  
     (C19: named after Major (later Sir) Thomas Mitchell)  
major orders  
      pl n     (R.C. Church)   the three higher degrees of holy orders: bishop, priest, and deacon  
major planet  
      n   a planet of the solar system, as opposed to an asteroid (minor planet)  
major premise  
      n     (Logic)   the premise of a syllogism containing the predicate of its conclusion  
major seventh chord  
      n   a chord much used in modern music, esp. jazz and pop, consisting of a major triad with an added major seventh above the root  
   Compare       minor seventh chord     (Often shortened to)    major seventh  
major suit  
      n     (Bridge)   hearts or spades  
   Compare       minor suit  
major term  
      n     (Logic)   the predicate of the conclusion of a syllogism, also occurring as the subject or predicate in the major premise  
pipe major  
      n   the noncommissioned officer, generally of warrant officer's rank, who is responsible for the training, duty, and discipline of a military or civilian pipe band  
regimental sergeant major  
      n     (Military)   the senior Warrant Officer I in a British or Commonwealth regiment or battalion, responsible under the adjutant for all aspects of duty and discipline of the warrant officers, NCOs, and men,   (Abbrev)    RSM      Compare       company sergeant major  
See also  
    warrant officer  
sergeant major  
1    a noncommissioned officer of the highest rank or having specific administrative tasks in branches of the armed forces of various countries  
2    a large damselfish, Abudefduf saxatilis, having a bluish-grey body marked with black stripes  
Syrtis Major  
      n   a conspicuous dark region visible in the N hemisphere of Mars  
Ursa Major  
      n   Latin genitive   , Ursae Majoris   an extensive conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere, visible north of latitude 40°. The seven brightest stars form the Plough. A line through the two brightest stars points to the Pole Star lying in Ursa Minor,   (Also called)    the Great Bear, the Bear  
     (Latin: greater bear)  
vis major  
      n      See       force majeure  
     (from Latin, literally: greater force)  
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the point where a minor change turns into a major and irreversible one
[Bus.] E.g. : Some have anticipated that social media would be the tipping point of web marketing.
to subject (an industry) to a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and a supplier, usually via mobile technology
[Bus.] From the taxi company 'Uber', which pioneered this business model
used to tell someone that you do not know any more about a subject than they do
Ex: Jill: 'How long should we bake this pie?' Jane: 'Your guess is as good as mine'.
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