Large (?), a. [Compar. Larger (?); superl. Largest.] [F., fr. L. largus. Cf. Largo.]


Exceeding most other things of like in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of constituent units; big; great; capacious; extensive; -- opposed to small; as, a nlarge horse; a large house or room; a large lake or pool; a large jug or spoon; a large vineyard; a large army; a large city.

⇒ For linear dimensions, and mere extent, great, and not large, is used as a qualifying word; as, great length, breadth, depth; a great distance; a great height.


Abundant; ample; as, a large supply of provisions.

We hare yet large day. Milton.


Full in statement; diffuse; full; profuse.

I might be very large upon the importance and advantages of education. Felton.


Having more than usual power or capacity; having broad sympathies and generous impulses; comprehensive; -- said of the mind and heart.


Free; unembarrassed.


Of burdens all he set the Paynims large. Fairfax.


Unrestrained by decorum; -- said of language.

[Obs.] "Some large jests he will make."



Prodigal in expending; lavish.



8. Naut.

Crossing the line of a ship's course in a favorable direction; -- said of the wind when it is abeam, or between the beam and the quarter.

At large. (a) Without restraint or confinement; as, to go at large; to be left at large. (b) Diffusely; fully; in the full extent; as, to discourse on a subject at large. -- Common at large. See under Common, n. -- Electors at large, Representative at large, electors, or a representative, as in Congress, chosen to represent the whole of a State, in distinction from those chosen to represent particular districts in a State. [U. S.] -- To give, go, run, ∨ sail large Naut., to have the wind crossing the direction of a vessel's course in such a way that the sails feel its full force, and the vessel gains its highest speed. See Large, a., 8.

Syn. -- Big; bulky; huge; capacious; comprehensive; ample; abundant; plentiful; populous; copious; diffusive; liberal.


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Large, adv.

Freely; licentiously.




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Large, n. Mus.

A musical note, formerly in use, equal to two longs, four breves, or eight semibreves.


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