Large, n. (Mus.) A musical
note, formerly in use, equal to two longs, four breves, or eight
Large, adv. Freely;
licentiously. [Obs.] Chaucer.
Large (?), a.
[Compar. Larger (?);
superl. Largest.] [F., fr. L. largus.
Cf. Largo.] 1. Exceeding most other
things of like kind in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial
dimensions, or number of constituent units; big; great; capacious;
extensive; -- opposed to small; as, a large horse; a
large house or room; a large lake or pool; a
large jug or spoon; a large vineyard; a large
army; a large city.
☞ For linear dimensions, and mere extent, great, and
not large, is used as a qualifying word; as, great
length, breadth, depth; a great distance; a great
2. Abundant; ample; as, a large supply
We have yet large day.
3. Full in statement; diffuse; full;
I might be very large upon the importance and
advantages of education. Felton.
4. Having more than usual power or capacity;
having broad sympathies and generous impulses; comprehensive; -- said
of the mind and heart.
5. Free; unembarrassed. [Obs.]
Of burdens all he set the Paynims
6. Unrestrained by decorum; -- said of
language. [Obs.] "Some large jests he will make."
7. Prodigal in expending; lavish.
8. (Naut.) Crossing the line of a
ship's course in a favorable direction; -- said of the wind when it
is abeam, or between the beam and the quarter.
At large. (a) Without
restraint or confinement; as, to go at large; to be left at
large. (b) Diffusely; fully; in the full extent;
as, to discourse on a subject at large. -- Common
at large. See under Common,
n. -- Electors at large,
Representative at large, electors, or a
representative, as in Congress, chosen to represent the whole of a
State, in distinction from those chosen to represent particular
districts in a State. [U. S.] -- To give, go, run, or
sail large (Naut.), to have the wind crossing
the direction of a vessel's course in such a way that the sails feel
its full force, and the vessel gains its highest speed. See
Large, a., 8.
Syn. -- Big; bulky; huge; capacious; comprehensive; ample;
abundant; plentiful; populous; copious; diffusive; liberal.