Lo"cal, n. 1.
(Railroad) A train which receives and deposits passengers
or freight along the line of the road; a train for the accommodation
of a certain district. [U.S.]
2. On newspaper cant, an item of news
relating to the place where the paper is published. [U.S.]
Lo"cal (?), a. [L. localis, fr.
locus place: cf. F. local. See Lieu,
Locus.] Of or pertaining to a particular place, or to a
definite region or portion of space; restricted to one place or
region; as, a local custom.
Gives to airy nothing Shak.
A local habitation and a name.
Local actions (Law), actions such as
must be brought in a particular county, where the cause arises; --
distinguished from transitory actions. -- Local
affection (Med.), a disease or ailment confined
to a particular part or organ, and not directly affecting the
system. -- Local attraction
(Magnetism), an attraction near a compass, causing its
needle to deviate from its proper direction, especially on
shipboard. -- Local battery (Teleg.),
the battery which actuates the recording instruments of a
telegraphic station, as distinguished from the battery furnishing a
current for the line. -- Local circuit
(Teleg.), the circuit of the local battery. --
Local color. (a) (Paint.)
The color which belongs to an object, and is not caused by
accidental influences, as of reflection, shadow, etc.
(b) (Literature) Peculiarities of the
place and its inhabitants where the scene of an action or story is
laid. -- Local option, the right or
obligation of determining by popular vote within certain districts,
as in each county, city, or town, whether the sale of alcoholic
beverages within the district shall be allowed.