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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Dear Major Fitz-David, I have no friends to take my part: I have nobody to come to but you
The major made a wise choice; he took the full glass and a biscuit.
All," said the major, hastily swallowing his biscuit, "positively all.
The worthy major raised his eyes to heaven and sighed.
That was the general opinion, sir," said the major, "and I" --
O'Dowd will stay and enlighten you, Emmy," Captain Osborne said; and the two gentlemen, taking each a wing of the Major, walked out with that officer, grinning at each other over his head.
One of us," continued the major, "will take care of the sentinel.
cried the major, finding his orderly untouched, and the carriage in its place.
The major, holding his sabre in his well hand, with his pistols in his belt, gathered up the reins with the other hand and mounted one horse while the grenadier mounted the other.
Let us go inside," said Major Putnam, rather sharply, and led the way into his house.
The interior exhibited a paradox often to be marked in such morning hours: that the rooms seemed brighter than the sky outside; even after the Major had turned out the one gaslight in the front hall.
While he stood wavering in the hall Major Putnam rushed past him and sent a raging eye over the whole oblong of the tablecloth.