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local

[loh-kuh l] /ˈloʊ kəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or characterized by place or position in space; spatial.
2.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or restricted to a particular place or particular places:
a local custom.
3.
pertaining to a city, town, or small district rather than an entire state or country:
local transportation.
4.
stopping at most or all stations:
a local train.
5.
pertaining to or affecting a particular part or particular parts, as of a physical system or organism:
a local disease.
6.
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.
noun
7.
a local train, bus, etc.
8.
a newspaper item of local interest.
9.
a local branch of a union, fraternity, etc.
10.
a local anesthetic.
11.
Often, locals.
  1. a local person or resident:
    primarily of interest to locals.
  2. a local athletic team:
    the locals versus the state champions.
12.
stamp (def 22).
13.
British Informal. a neighborhood pub.
verb (used without object)
14.
Informal. to travel by or take a local train or the like.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin locālis. See locus, -al1
Related forms
localness, noun
interlocal, adjective
interlocally, adverb
nonlocal, adjective, noun
nonlocally, adverb
superlocal, adjective
superlocally, adverb
unlocal, adjective
unlocally, adverb
Can be confused
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British Dictionary definitions for un local

local

/ˈləʊkəl/
adjective
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) of, affecting, or confined to a limited area or part Compare general (sense 10), systemic (sense 2)
4.
(of a train, bus, etc) stopping at all stations or stops
noun
5.
a train, bus, etc, that stops at all stations or stops
6.
an inhabitant of a specified locality
7.
(Brit, informal) 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
Derived Forms
localness, noun
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Late Latin locālis, from Latin locus place, locus
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Word Origin and History for un local

local

adj.

"pertaining to position," late 14c. (originally medical, "confined to a particular part of the body"), from Old French local (13c.) and directly from Late Latin localis "pertaining to a place," from Latin locus "place" (see locus). The meaning "limited to a particular place" is from c.1500. Local color is from 1721, originally a term in painting; meaning "anything picturesque" is from c.1900.

n.

early 15c., "a medicament applied to a particular part of the body," from local (adj.). Meaning "inhabitant of a particular locality" is from 1825. The meaning "a local train" is from 1879; "local branch of a trade union" is from 1888; "neighborhood pub" is from 1934.

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un local in Medicine

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

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