Definition of General

1. Noun. A general officer of the highest rank.

Exact synonyms: Full General
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Generic synonyms: General Officer
Specialized synonyms: Agricola, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Alcibiades, Antigonus, Antigonus Cyclops, Monophthalmos, Anthony, Antonius, Antony, Marcus Antonius, Mark Anthony, Mark Antony, Arnold, Benedict Arnold, Belisarius, Belshazzar, Bolivar, El Libertador, Simon Bolivar, Bradley, Omar Bradley, Omar Nelson Bradley, Bragg, Braxton Bragg, Burgoyne, Gentleman Johnny, John Burgoyne, A. E. Burnside, Ambrose Everett Burnside, Burnside, Caesar, Gaius Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar, Chiang Chung-cheng, Chiang Kai-shek, Churchill, Duke Of Marlborough, First Duke Of Marlborough, John Churchill, Clark, Mark Clark, Mark Wayne Clark, Clausewitz, Karl Von Clausewitz, Clay, Lucius Clay, Lucius Dubignon Clay, Baron Clive, Baron Clive Of Plassey, Clive, Robert Clive, Charles Cornwallis, Cornwallis, First Marquess Cornwallis, Cromwell, Ironsides, Oliver Cromwell, Butcher Cumberland, Cumberland, Duke Of Cumberland, William Augustus, Custer, General Custer, George Armstrong Custer, Dayan, Moshe Dayan, Charles Andre Joseph Marie De Gaulle, Charles De Gaulle, De Gaulle, General Charles De Gaulle, General De Gaulle, Demetrius, Demetrius I, Demetrius Poliorcetes, Doolittle, James Harold Doolittle, Jimmy Doolittle, Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, Dowding, Dowdy, Hugh Dowding, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Dwight David Eisenhower, Dwight Eisenhower, Eisenhower, Ike, President Eisenhower, Eugene, Prince Eugene Of Savoy, Flaminius, Gaius Flaminius, El Caudillo, Francisco Franco, Franco, General Franco, Garibaldi, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Grant, Hiram Ulysses Grant, President Grant, Ulysses Grant, Ulysses S. Grant, Ulysses Simpson Grant, Groves, Leslie Richard Groves, Hannibal, Bomber Harris, Harris, Sir Arthur Travers Harris, Hasdrubal, Hindenburg, Paul Ludwig Von Beneckendorff Und Von Hindenburg, Paul Von Hindenburg, Holofernes, Fighting Joe Hooker, Hooker, Joseph Hooker, Houston, Sam Houston, Samuel Houston, Andrew Jackson, Jackson, Old Hickory, Jackson, Stonewall Jackson, Thomas J. Jackson, Thomas Jackson, Thomas Jonathan Jackson, J. E. Johnston, Johnston, Joseph Eggleston Johnston, Flavius Josephus, Joseph Ben Matthias, Josephus, Lee, Robert E. Lee, Robert Edward Lee, Licinius Lucullus, Lucius Licinius Lucullus, Lucullus, Lucius Licinius Luculus, Luculus, Lysander, Lysimachus, Douglas Macarthur, Macarthur, George Catlett Marshall, George Marshall, Marshall, George Gordon Meade, Meade, Miltiades, Billy Mitchell, Mitchell, William Mitchell, 1st Viscount Montgomery Of Alamein, Bernard Law Montgomery, Montgomery, Sir Bernard Law Montgomery, Bonaparte, Little Corporal, Napoleon, Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I, Duc D'elchingen, Michel Ney, Ney, Black Jack Pershing, John Joseph Pershing, Pershing, George Edward Pickett, Pickett, Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, Pompey, Pompey The Great, Colin Luther Powell, Colin Powell, Powell, Comte De Rochambeau, Jean Baptiste Donatien De Vimeur, Rochambeau, Antonio Lopez De Santa Ana, Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna, Santa Ana, Santa Anna, Comte De Saxe, Hermann Maurice Saxe, Marshal Saxe, Saxe, Publius Cornelius Scipio, Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major, Scipio, Scipio Africanus, Scipio Africanus Major, Scipio The Elder, Scott, Winfield Scott, Seleucus, Seleucus I, Seleucus I Nicator, Sherman, William Tecumseh Sherman, Siraj-ud-daula, Joseph Warren Stilwell, Stilwell, Uncle Joe, Vinegar Joe Stilwell, Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, Sulla, Albrecht Eusebius Wenzel Von Wallenstein, Wallenstein, George Washington, President Washington, Washington, Archibald Percival Wavell, First Earl Wavell, Wavell, Anthony Wayne, Mad Anthony Wayne, Wayne, Arthur Wellesley, Duke Of Wellington, First Duke Of Wellington, Iron Duke, Wellington, Xenophon, Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov, Georgi Zhukov, Zhukov
Specialized synonyms: Blucher, G. L. Von Blucher, Gebhard Leberecht Von Blucher, Von Blucher
Derivative terms: Generalship, Generalship

2. Verb. Command as a general. "We are generaled by an incompetent!"
Generic synonyms: Command

3. Adjective. Applying to all or most members of a category or group. "Comprehensible to the general reader"

4. Noun. The head of a religious order or congregation.
Exact synonyms: Superior General
Generic synonyms: Chief, Head, Top Dog
Derivative terms: Generalship

5. Adjective. Not specialized or limited to one class of things. "General knowledge"
Similar to: Undiversified
Derivative terms: Generality, Generality

6. Noun. A fact about the whole (as opposed to particular). "He discussed the general but neglected the particular"
Generic synonyms: Fact
Antonyms: Particular, Specific

7. Adjective. Prevailing among and common to the general public. "The general discontent"
Similar to: Common

8. Adjective. Affecting the entire body. "General symptoms"
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine
Similar to: Systemic
Derivative terms: Generality, Generality
Antonyms: Local

9. Adjective. Somewhat indefinite. "A general description of the merchandise"
Similar to: Imprecise

10. Adjective. Of worldwide scope or applicability. "Universal experience"

Definition of General

1. a. Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy.

2. n. The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; -- opposed to particular.

Definition of General

1. Adjective. Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to (term specific) or (term particular). (defdate from 13th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

3. Adjective. Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

4. Adjective. Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

5. Adjective. Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

6. Adjective. Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

7. Noun. Commander of an army. ¹

8. Noun. (military ranks) A rank in the army and air force that is higher than colonel or brigadier, and is usually the highest rank group next to commander in chief, except in countries that use the rank of field marshal. ¹

9. Noun. (military ranks) a commissioned rank in the British Army and Royal Marines, above lieutenant general and below field marshal. ¹

10. Noun. (military ranks) a commissioned general officer in the United States Army, Marine Corps, or Air Force superior to a lieutenant general. A general is equal in rank or grade to a four star admiral. In the US Army, a general is junior to a general of the army. In the US Marine Corps, a general is the highest rank of commissioned officer. In the US Air Force, a general is junior to a general of the air force. ¹

11. Noun. Short for general anaesthetic or general anaesthetia. ¹

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Definition of General

1. a military officer [n -S]

Medical Definition of General

1. 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. "This general applause and cheerful sout Argue your wisdom and your love to Richard." (Shak) 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. "His general behavior vain, ridiculous." (Shak) 7. Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method. The word general, annexed to a name of office, usually denotes chief or superior; as, attorney-general; adjutant general; commissary general; quartermaster general; vicar-general, etc. General agent, a warrant, now illegal, to apprehend suspected persons, without naming individuals. Synonym: General, Common, Universal. Common denotes primarily that in which many share; and hence, that which is often met with. General is stronger, denoting that which pertains to a majority of the individuals which compose a genus, or whole. Universal, that which pertains to all without exception. To be able to read and write is so common an attainment in the United States, that we may pronounce it general, though by no means universal. 1. The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; opposed to particular. "In particulars our knowledge begins, and so spreads itself by degrees to generals." (Locke) 2. 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. In the United States the office of General of the Army has been created by temporary laws, and has been held only by Generals U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, and P. H. Sheridan. Popularly, the title General is given to various general officers, as General, Lieutenant general, Major general, Brigadier general, Commissary general, etc. See Brigadier general, Lieutenant general, Major general, in the Vocabulary. 3. The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general. 4. The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule. 5. The public; the people; the vulgar. In general, in the main; for the most part. Origin: F. General, fr. L. Generalis. See Genus. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of General

general (current term)
general-purpose bomb
general acid-base catalysis
general adaptation syndrome
general agent
general anaesthesia
general anaesthetic
general anaesthetics
general anatomy
general anesthesia
general anesthetic
general anesthetics

Literary usage of General

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1865)
"general- oh ip of Lee.—Services and Character of the great Confederate Leader. ... general Lee's Error. —His Splendid March from Culpepper Court House to ..."

2. The Life of George Washington: Commander in Chief of the American Forces by John Marshall (1805)
"Letters from general Washington on the state of public affairs....Invasion of Georgia.... general Howe defeated by the British under colonel Campbell, ..."

3. Proceedings of the ... Annual Convention by Religious Education Association (1905)
"Many hopes were centered in the general Secretary, both in the office and in the man. The office of general Secretary is the natural medium of communication ..."

4. Pony Tracks by Frederic Remington (1895)
"CHASING A MAJOR-general THE car had been side - tracked at Fort Keough, ... In a trip to the Pine Ridge Agency I had discovered that general Miles was not ..."

5. The History of Civilization: From the Fall of the Roman Empire to the French by Guizot (François), William Hazlitt (1854)
"LECTURE I. CIVILIZATION IN general. BEING called upon to give a course of lectures, and having considered what subject would be most agreeable and ..."

6. Modern Egypt by Evelyn Baring Cromer (1908)
"Colonel Stewart had been instructed by general Gordon to inform the various authorities concerned of the true nature of the situation at Khartoum. ..."

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