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Definition of General

General

  1. Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy.
  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.
  5. Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire.
  6. As a whole; in gross; for the most part.
  7. Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method.
  8. The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; -- opposed to particular.
  9. 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.
  10. The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general.
  11. The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule.
  12. The public; the people; the vulgar.

General Quotations

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. - Socrates
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
Socrates

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
John Adams

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
Pablo Picasso

Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein's general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.
Stephen Hawking

Injury in general teaches you to appreciate every moment. I've had my share of injuries throughout my career. It's humbling. It gives you perspective. No matter how many times I've been hurt, I've learned from that injury and come back even more humble.
Troy Polamalu
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General Translations

general in Afrikaans is generaal, algemeen
general in Dutch is generaal
general in Finnish is yleinen
general in German is Haupt-
general in Hungarian is megszokott
general in Italian is general
general in Latin is dux ducis, imperator, communis
general in Norwegian is general, alminnelig, generell
general in Portuguese is geral
general in Spanish is general, universal, generalizado
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