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MA'JOR, a. [L.] 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.

1. Greater in dignity.

My major vow lies here.

2. In music, an epithet applied to the modes in which the third is four semitones above the tonic or key-note, and to intervals consisting of four semitones.

Major and minor, in music, are applied to concords which differ from each other by a semitone.

Major tone, the difference between the fifth and fourth, and major semitone is the difference between the major fourth and the third. The major tone surpasses the minor by a comma.

MA'JOR, n. In military affairs, an officer next in rank above a captain, and below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.

1. The mayor of a town. [See Mayor.]

Aid-major, an officer appointed to act as major on certain occasions.

Brigade-major. [See Brigade.]

Drum-major, the first drummer in a regiment, who has authority over the other drummers.

Fife-major, the first or chief fifer.

Sergeant-major, a non-commissioned officer, subordinate to the adjutant.

MA'JOR, n. In law, a person of full age to manage his own concerns.




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MA'JOR, a. [L.] 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.

1. Greater in dignity.

My major vow lies here.

2. In music, an epithet applied to the modes in which the third is four semitones above the tonic or key-note, and to intervals consisting of four semitones.

Major and minor, in music, are applied to concords which differ from each other by a semitone.

Major tone, the difference between the fifth and fourth, and major semitone is the difference between the major fourth and the third. The major tone surpasses the minor by a comma.

MA'JOR, n. In military affairs, an officer next in rank above a captain, and below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.

1. The mayor of a town. [See Mayor.]

Aid-major, an officer appointed to act as major on certain occasions.

Brigade-major. [See Brigade.]

Drum-major, the first drummer in a regiment, who has authority over the other drummers.

Fife-major, the first or chief fifer.

Sergeant-major, a non-commissioned officer, subordinate to the adjutant.

MA'JOR, n. In law, a person of full age to manage his own concerns.


MA'JOR, a. [L.]

  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. Greater in dignity. My major vow lies here. Shak.
  3. In music, an epithet applied to the modes in which the third is four semitones above the tonic or key-note, and to intervals consisting of four semitones. Busby. Major and minor, in music, are applied to concords which differ from each other by a semitone. Major tone, the difference between the fifth and fourth, and major semitone is the difference between the major fourth and the third. The major tone surpasses the minor by a comma. Encyc.

MA'JOR, n.1

  1. In military affairs, an officer next in rank above a captain and below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
  2. The mayor of a town. [See Mayor.] Aid-major, an officer appointed to act as major on certain occasions. Brigade-major. [See Brigade.] Drum-major, the first drummer in a regiment, who has authority over the other drummers. Fife-major, the first or chief fifer. Sergeant-major, a non-commissioned officer, subordinate to the adjutant.

MA'JOR, n.2

In law, a person of full age to manage his own concerns.


MA'JOR, n.3

In logic, the first proposition of a regular syllogism, containing the principal term; 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.]


Ma"jor
  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. An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
  3. Of greater dignity; more important.

    Shak.
  4. A person of full age.
  5. Of full legal age.

    [Obs.]
  6. 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].

    * In hypothetical syllogisms, the hypothetical premise is called the major.

  7. 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 assault. -- 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 Diatonic. -- 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.

  8. A mayor.

    [Obs.] Bacon.
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Major

MA'JOR, adjective [Latin] 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.

1. Greater in dignity.

My major vow lies here.

2. In music, an epithet applied to the modes in which the third is four semitones above the tonic or key-note, and to intervals consisting of four semitones.

Major and minor, in music, are applied to concords which differ from each other by a semitone.

Major tone, the difference between the fifth and fourth, and major semitone is the difference between the major fourth and the third. The major tone surpasses the minor by a comma.

MA'JOR, noun In military affairs, an officer next in rank above a captain, and below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.

1. The mayor of a town. [See Mayor.]

Aid-major, an officer appointed to act as major on certain occasions.

Brigade-major. [See Brigade.]

Drum-major, the first drummer in a regiment, who has authority over the other drummers.

Fife-major, the first or chief fifer.

Sergeant-major, a non-commissioned officer, subordinate to the adjutant.

MA'JOR, noun In law, a person of full age to manage his own concerns.

MAJOR, noun In logic, the first proposition of a regular syllogism, containing the principal term; 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.]

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