pertaining to or characterized by place or position in space; spatial.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or restricted to a particular place or particular places: a local custom.
pertaining to a city, town, or small district rather than an entire state or country: local transportation.
stopping at most or all stations: a local train.
pertaining to or affecting a particular part or particular parts, as of a physical system or organism: a local disease.
Medicine/Medical. (of anesthesia or an anesthetic) affecting only a particular part or area of the body, without concomitant loss of consciousness, as distinguished from general anesthesia.
a local train, bus, etc.
a newspaper item of local interest.
a local branch of a union, fraternity, etc.
a local anesthetic.
Often, locals.
a local person or resident: primarily of interest to locals.
a local athletic team: the locals versus the state champions.
stamp ( def 22 ).
British Informal. a neighborhood pub.
verb (used without object)
Informal. to travel by or take a local train or the like.

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin locālis. See locus, -al1

localness, noun
interlocal, adjective
interlocally, adverb
nonlocal, adjective, noun
nonlocally, adverb
superlocal, adjective
superlocally, adverb
unlocal, adjective
unlocally, adverb

local, locale, locality, location.
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local (ˈləʊkəl)
1.  characteristic of or associated with a particular locality or area
2.  of, concerned with, or relating to a particular place or point in space
3.  med general Compare systemic of, affecting, or confined to a limited area or part
4.  (of a train, bus, etc) stopping at all stations or stops
5.  a train, bus, etc, that stops at all stations or stops
6.  an inhabitant of a specified locality
7.  informal (Brit) a pub close to one's home or place of work
8.  med short for local anaesthetic
9.  (US), (Canadian) an item of local interest in a newspaper
10.  (US), (Canadian) a local or regional branch of an association
11.  (Canadian) a telephone extension
[C15: via Old French from Late Latin locālis, from Latin locus place, locus]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "pertaining to position," from O.Fr. local, from L.L. localis "pertaining to a place," from L. locus "place" (see locus). The meaning "limited to a particular place" is from 1610s. The noun meaning "a local train" is from 1879; "local branch of a trade union" is
from 1888; "neighborhood pub" is from 1934. Related: Locally. Local color is from 1721, originally a term in painting; meaning "anything picturesque" is from c.1900.
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Medical Dictionary

local lo·cal (lō'kəl)
Affecting or confined to a limited part; not general or systemic.

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Computing Dictionary

locals definition

The users on one's local network (as opposed, say, to people one reaches via public Internet or UUCP connections). The marked thing about this usage is how little it has to do with real-space distance. "I have to do some tweaking on this mail utility before releasing it to the locals."

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Example sentences for locals
Naturally, the locals were slightly upset by this, and the minister of ulva,
He quickly becomes the talk of the village as he unnerves the locals.
As is typical throughout history, this disadvantaged many locals.
It draws both tourists and locals to the concerts and recitals.
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