|general (ˈdʒɛnərəl, ˈdʒɛnrəl)|
|1.||common; widespread: a general feeling of horror at the crime|
|2.||of, including, applying to, or participated in by all or most of the members of a group, category, or community|
|3.||relating to various branches of an activity, profession, etc; not specialized: general office work|
|4.||including various or miscellaneous items: general knowledge; a general store|
|5.||not specific as to detail; overall: a general description of the merchandise|
|6.||not definite; vague: give me a general idea of when you will finish|
|7.||applicable or true in most cases; usual|
|8.||(prenominal or immediately postpositive) having superior or extended authority or rank: general manager; consul general|
|9.||See honours Also: pass designating a degree awarded at some universities, studied at a lower academic standard than an honours degree|
|10.||med relating to or involving the entire body or many of its parts; systemic|
|11.||logic (of a statement) not specifying an individual subject but quantifying over a domain|
|12.||an officer of a rank senior to lieutenant general, esp one who commands a large military formation|
|13.||any person acting as a leader and applying strategy or tactics|
|14.||a general condition or principle: opposed to particular|
|15.||a title for the head of a religious order, congregation, etc|
|16.||med short for general anaesthetic|
|17.||archaic the people; public|
|18.||in general generally; mostly or usually|
|[C13: from Latin generālis of a particular kind, from genus kind]|
|1.||General, stage name of Charles Stratton. 1838--83, US midget, exhibited in P. T. Barnum's circus|
|2.||a dwarf; midget|
|[after Tom Thumb, the tiny hero of several English folk tales]|
A thumb-sized hero of children's stories from the sixteenth century on.
see in general; on (general) principle.
title and rank of a senior army officer, usually one who commands units larger than a regiment or its equivalent or units consisting of more than one arm of the service. Frequently, however, a general is a staff officer who does not command troops but who plans their operations in the field. General, lieutenant general, and major general are the first, second, and third grades of general officers in many armies. The United States Army, Air Force, and Marines have a fourth general officer grade, brigadier general (brigadier in the British Army). The highest U.S. Army rank, five-star general of the army, was created in 1944 and was conferred upon Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, and George C. Marshall in that year and upon Omar N. Bradley in 1950. The four-star rank of general of the army of the United States was established for Ulysses S. Grant in 1866 and was bestowed later upon William T. Sherman and Philip Sheridan; the unique four-star rank of general of the armies of the United States, created in 1799 for George Washington but never held by him, was conferred upon John J. Pershing in 1919.
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