Major


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major

1. Business a large or important company
2. Music a major key, chord, mode, or scale
3. US, Canadian, Austral, and NZ
a. the principal field of study of a student at a university, etc.
b. a student who is studying a particular subject as his principal field
4. Law a person who has reached the age of legal majority
5. Logic a major term or premise
6. Music
a. (of a scale or mode) having notes separated by the interval of a whole tone, except for the third and fourth degrees, and seventh and eighth degrees, which are separated by a semitone
b. relating to or employing notes from the major scale
c. denoting a specified key or scale as being major
d. denoting a chord or triad having a major third above the root
e. (in jazz) denoting a major chord with a major seventh added above the root
7. Logic constituting the major term or major premise of a syllogism
8. Chiefly US, Canadian, Austral, and NZ of or relating to a student's principal field of study at a university, etc.
9. Brit the elder: used after a schoolboy's surname if he has one or more younger brothers in the same school
10. of full legal age
11. Bell-ringing of, relating to, or denoting a method rung on eight bells

Major

John. born 1943, British Conservative politician: Chancellor of the Exchequer (1989--90); prime minister (1990--97)

Major

 

a mode based on the perfect (major) triad, as well as the modal coloring (mood) of this triad. The major, both as a triad coinciding with the lower tones of the natural scale and as a mode based on the natural scale, has a joyous sound, in direct contrast to the minor. The contrast between major and minor is one of the most important aesthetic contrasts in music.

IU. N. KHOLOPOV


Major

 

a military rank of field officers in the armed forces of the USSR and other states.

The rank of major existed in the Russian Army from 1698 to 1731 and from 1798 to 1884; from 1731 to 1798 there were two ranks—first major and second major. In the armed forces of the USSR the military rank of major was introduced on Sept. 22, 1935. In the Navy of the USSR the rank of captain third rank corresponds to the rank of major.

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"Anxious and out of spirits!" repeated the Major. "The enviable man who is married to You anxious and out of spirits?
"In that case, take me off the list with him, Major. I am in wretched spirits too.
"Certainly, at your first request." The major's eyes dilated with pleasing astonishment.
"Don't mention it." The major drew an arm-chair towards him, and proceeded to seat himself.
"But still, nine dollars a pound!" replied the major, who was not willing readily to give in; "even that is an enormous price."
"Undoubtedly, my dear major; but not beyond our reach."
"It's the 150th gives us a farewell dinner, my love," interposed the Major, "but we'll easy get a card for Mr.
Major O'Dowd's compliments to Colonel Tavish, and Captain Osborne has brought his brothernlaw down, and will bring him to the 150th mess at five o'clock sharp--when you and I, my dear, will take a snack here, if you like." Before Mrs.
The major then snatched up the countess's diamonds, held them in one hand, drew his sabre with the other, and began to strike with the flat of its blade such of the sleepers as he thought the most intrepid.
"That is yours, my brave grenadier," cried the major, offering him a string of diamonds, "if you will follow me and fight like a madman.
"Well," ejaculated the staring Major, "I never heard before that a service revolver was a thing to be sneezed at."
"Let us go inside," said Major Putnam, rather sharply, and led the way into his house.