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Meaning of MAJOR

Pronunciation:  'meyjur, 'meyjur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the principal field of study of a student at a university; "her major is linguistics"
  2. [n]  a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
  3. [n]  a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject; "she is a linguistics major"
  4. [adj]  greater in number or size or amount; "a major portion (a majority) of the population"; "Ursa Major"; "a major portion of the winnings"
  5. [adj]  greater in scope or effect; "a major contribution"; "a major improvement"; "a major break with tradition"; "a major misunderstanding"
  6. [adj]  (law) of full legal age; "major children"
  7. [adj]  (music) of a scale or mode; "major scales"; "the key of D major"
  8. [adj]  of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes; "his major field was mathematics"
  9. [adj]  of greater importance or stature or rank; "a major artist"; "a major role"; "major highways"
  10. [adj]  of greater seriousness or danger; "a major earthquake"; "a major hurricane"; "a major illness"
  11. [v]  have as one's principal field of study; "She is majoring in linguistics"

MAJOR is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: better, great, leading(p), outstanding, prima(p), star(p), starring(p), stellar(a)
 Antonyms: minor, nonaged, underage
 See Also: bailiwick, branch of knowledge, commissioned military officer, discipline, educatee, field, field of study, pupil, student, study, study, subject, subject area, subject field



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ma"jor\, [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F.
    majeur. Cf. {Master}, {Mayor}, {Magnitude}, {More}, a.]
    1. Greater in number, quantity, or extent; as, the major part
       of the assembly; the major part of the revenue; the major
       part of the territory.
    2. Of greater dignity; more important. --Shak.
    3. Of full legal age. [Obs.]
    4. (Mus.) Greater by a semitone, either in interval or in
       difference of pitch from another tone.
    {Major axis} (Geom.), the greater axis. See {Focus}, n., 2.
    {Major key} (Mus.), a key in which one and two, two and
       three, four and five, five and six and seven, make major
       seconds, and three and four, and seven and eight, make
       minor seconds.
    {Major offense} (Law), an offense of a greater degree which
       contains a lesser offense, as murder and robbery include
    {Major premise} (Logic), that premise of a syllogism which
       contains the major term.
    {Major scale} (Mus.), the natural diatonic scale, which has
       semitones between the third and fourth, and seventh and
       fourth, and seventh and eighth degrees; the scale of the
       major mode, of which the third is major. See {Scale}, and
    {Major second} (Mus.), a second between whose tones is a
       difference in pitch of a step.
    {Major sixth} (Mus.), a sixth of four steps and a half step.
       In major keys the third and sixth from the key tone are
       major. Major keys and intervals, as distinguished from
       minors, are more cheerful.
    {Major term} (Logic), that term of a syllogism which forms
       the predicate of the conclusion.
    {Major third} (Mus.), a third of two steps.
  2. \Ma"jor\, n. [F. major. See {Major}, a.]
    1. (Mil.) An officer next in rank above a captain and next
       below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
    2. (Law) A person of full age.
    3. (Logic) That premise which contains the major term. It its
       the first proposition of a regular syllogism; as: No
       unholy person is qualified for happiness in heaven [the
       major]. Every man in his natural state is unholy [minor].
       Therefore, no man in his natural state is qualified for
       happiness in heaven [conclusion or inference].
    Note: In hypothetical syllogisms, the hypothetical premise is
          called the major.
    4. [LL. See {Major}.] A mayor. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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