Crossword clues for major
- The Masters or British Open, e.g.
- Declaration of education
- See 3-Down
- Biology or English
- Lowest field rank
- Sophomore's choice
- College student's concentration
- A commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines
- Below lieutenant colonel and above captain
- A university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject
- The principal field of study of a student at a university
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Major \Ma"jor\, n. [F. major. See Major, a.]
(Mil.) An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
(Law) A person of full age.
(Logic) 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].
Note: In hypothetical syllogisms, the hypothetical premise is called the major.
[LL. See Major.] A mayor. [Obs.]
Major \Ma"jor\, [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. Master, Mayor, Magnitude, More, a.]
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.
Of greater dignity; more important.
Of full legal age; adult. [Obs.]
(Mus.) Greater by a semitone, either in interval or in difference of pitch from another tone.
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 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 third (Mus.), a third of two steps.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1300, from Latin maior (earlier *magjos), irregular comparative of magnus "large, great" (see magnate). Used in music (of modes, scales, or chords) since 1690s, on notion of an interval a half-tone greater than the minor.
military rank, 1640s, from French major, short for sergent-major, originally a higher rank than at present, from Medieval Latin major "chief officer, magnate, superior person," from Latin maior "an elder, adult," noun use of the adjective (see major (adj.)). The musical sense attested by 1797.
"focus (one's) studies," 1910, American English, from major (n.) in sense of "subject of specialization" (1890). Related: Majored; majoring. Earlier as a verb, in Scottish, "to prance about, or walk backwards and forwards with a military air and step" [Jamieson, 1825].
Etymology 1 alt. a military rank between captain and lieutenant colonel n. a military rank between captain and lieutenant colonel Etymology 2
Of great significance or importance. n. 1 (context US Canada Australia and New Zealand English) The main area of study of a student working toward a degree at a college or university. 2 (context US Canada Australia and New Zealand English) A student at a college or university concentrating on a given area of study. 3 A person of legal age. 4 (context logic English) The major premise. 5 (context Canadian football English) An alternate term for touchdown; short for "major score". 6 A large, commercially successful record label, as opposed to an indie. v
to concentrate on a particular area of study as a student in a college or university
adj. of greater importance or stature or rank; "a major artist"; "a major role"; "major highways" [ant: minor]
greater in scope or effect; "a major contribution"; "a major improvement"; "a major break with tradition"; "a major misunderstanding" [ant: minor]
greater in number or size or amount; "a major portion (a majority) of the population"; "Ursa Major"; "a major portion of the winnings" [ant: minor]
of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes; "his major field was mathematics" [ant: minor]
of a scale or mode; "major scales"; "the key of D major" [ant: minor]
of greater seriousness or danger; "a major earthquake"; "a major hurricane"; "a major illness" [ant: minor]
of full legal age; "major children" [ant: minor]
of the elder of two boys with the same family name; "Jones major" [syn: major(ip)]
n. a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943) [syn: John Major, John R. Major, John Roy Major]
a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject; "she is a linguistics major"
the principal field of study of a student at a university; "her major is linguistics"
v. have as one's principal field of study; "She is majoring in linguistics"
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Major is a military rank. The word derives from the Latin maior (also spelled major), which means "greater".
Major or majors may also refer to:
Major (Maj) is a military rank which is used by both the British Army and Royal Marines. The rank is superior to captain, and subordinate to lieutenant colonel. The insignia for a major is a crown. The equivalent rank in the Royal Navy is lieutenant commander, and squadron leader in the Royal Air Force.
Major is a military rank of commissioned officer status, with corresponding ranks existing in many military forces throughout the world. When used unhyphenated, in conjunction with no other indicators, Major is one rank senior to that of an army Captain, and one rank subordinate or below the rank of Lieutenant colonel. It is considered the most junior of the field officer ranks.
Majors are typically assigned as specialised executive or operations officers for battalion-sized units of 300 to 1,200 soldiers. In some militaries, notably France and Ireland, the rank of major is referred to as commandant, while in others it is known as captain-major. The rank of Major is also used in some police forces and other paramilitary rank structures, such as the Pennsylvania State Police, New York State Police, New Jersey State Police, and several others. As a police rank, Major roughly corresponds to the UK rank of Superintendent.
When used in hyphenated or combined fashion, the term can also imply seniority at other levels of rank, including general-major or major general, denoting a low-level general officer, and sergeant major, denoting the most senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) of a military unit. The term Major can also be used with a hyphen to denote the leader of a military band such as in pipe-major or drum-major.
Historically, the rank designation develops in English in the 1640s, taken from French majeur, in turn a shortening of sergent-majeur, which at the time designated a higher rank than at present.
In the United States and Canada, an '''academic major or major concentration '' (informally 'major) is the academic discipline to which an undergraduate student formally commits. A student who successfully completes the courses prescribed in an academic major qualifies for an undergraduate degree. The word "major" is also sometimes used administratively to refer to the academic discipline pursued by a graduate student or postgraduate student in a master's or doctoral program. The term may also apply to a focused field of an academic discipline that a student chooses at the doctoral studies level.
In the United States, in the second half of the 19th century, concentrated foci at the undergraduate level began to prosper and popularize, but the familiar term "major" did not appear until 1877 in a Johns Hopkins University catalogue. The major generally required 2 years of study. The minor, required one. Abbott Lawrence Lowell introduced the academic major system to Harvard University in 1910, during his presidency there. It required students to complete courses not only in a specialized discipline, but also in other subjects. Variations of this system are now definitive among tertiary education institutions in the United States and Canada.
Today, an academic major typically consists of a core curriculum, prescribed courses, a liberal arts curriculum, and several elective courses. The amount of latitude a student has in choosing courses varies from program to program. Typically, the courses of an academic major are portioned in several academic terms. An academic major is administered by select faculty in an academic department. A major administered by more than one academic department is called an interdisciplinary major. In addition, some students design their own major, subject to faculty approval.
Many labor economics studies report that employment and earnings vary by college major and this appears to be caused by differences in the labor market value of the skills taught in different majors. Majors also have different labor market value even after students complete graduate degrees such as law degrees or business degrees.
Whereas some students choose a major when first enrolling as an undergraduate at a school, others choose one later. Some schools even disallow students from declaring a major until the end of their second academic year.
A student who declares two academic majors is said to have a double major. A coordinate major is an ancillary major designed to complement the primary one. A coordinate major requires fewer course credits to complete. (Compare with academic minor and joint honours.)
Major (Majuri in Finnish) is a military officer's rank in Sweden and Finland, ranking above Kapten and below Överstelöjtnant. Swedish Kapten(s) are promoted to the rank after the completion of a 40-week course at the National Defense College.
Finnish Defence Forces rank of Majuri is comparable to Ranks of NATO armies officers as OF-3.
In the United States Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force, major is a field grade military officer rank above the rank of captain and below the rank of lieutenant colonel. It is equivalent to the naval rank of lieutenant commander in the other uniformed services. Although lieutenant commanders are considered junior officers by their respective services, the rank of major is considered field grade.
The pay grade for the rank of major is O-4. The insignia for the rank consists of a golden oak leaf, with slight stylized differences between the Army/Air Force version and the Marine Corps version. Promotion to major is governed by Department of Defense policies derived from the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act of 1980.
Major is a rank of the Canadian Forces. The rank insignia of a major in the Royal Canadian Air Force is two half-inch stripes with a quarter-inch stripe between. The rank insignia in the Canadian Army is a crown. Majors fill the positions of company/ squadron/ battery commanders, or deputy commanders of a battalion/ regiment; in the Air Force they are typically squadron second-in-command, or commander of a detached helicopter flight embarked onboard Canadian naval vessels. The naval equivalent rank for major is lieutenant-commander.
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Major is the lowest staff officer rank in the German Army (Heer), German Air Force (Luftwaffe). The rank is rated OF-3 in NATO. The rank insignia is a silver oakleaf cluster with a silver pip (star).
The OF-3 equivalent of the German Navy (Marine) is the Korvettenkapitän.
To be appointed to the rank of Major, the officer has to pass a staff officer basic course (Stabsoffizierlehrgang) which is held at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr), and serve in a post coded A13 or A13/A14.
In the German Army and the Joint Support Service (Streitkräftebasis), the waiting period between meeting the requirements for promotion and actual promotion to the rank of Major averages 15 months due to budget problems (as of July 2010).
The manga series concluded in the 32nd issue of Shōnen Sunday for 2010, while the 78th and final volume of the manga series was released in the middle of December 2010 together with a special original video animation (OVA).
The series has been adapted into an anime series produced by NHK and Studio Hibari titled (using katakana instead of the manga's English characters). The first episode aired on November 13, 2004. The series ran for six seasons and the final episode originally aired on September 25, 2010. An animated film telling the story between the first and second seasons of the anime was released on December 13, 2008. Two OVAs were released on December 16, 2011, and January 18, 2012. They deal with The World Series chapter, which was skipped in the TV series.
In 2015, Shogakukan published under the name of Major 2nd, a sequel series featuring the life of Gorō's son Daigo.
In The Sri Lanka Army, major is a military rank which is used the Sri Lanka Army. The rank insignia for a major is the Sri Lankan coat of arms. The equivalent is Lieutenant-Commander in the Sri Lanka Navy and Squadron Leader in the Sri Lanka Air Force.
From 1949 to 1972, in the Ceylon Army the rank insignia for a major was a crown.
A major of the Sri Lanka Army would usually commanding independent companies, squadrons and batteries, but those that were organically part of a regiment or battalion were still usually commanded by captains. They would be second-in-command of battalions in infantry or regiments (in the artillery and armoured regiments) as well as serve as Brigade majors. During the Sri Lankan Civil War majors commanded area commands known as military sectors and have commanded battalions in combat.
Major is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- Bobby Majors (born 1949), American football player
- Clarence Major (born 1936), American poet
- Edward Major (1615–ca. 1655), Virginia colonial politician
- Fali Homi Major (born 1947), Indian air marshal
- John Major (born 1943), UK Prime Minister in 1990–97
- John C. Major (born 1931), Canadian jurist
- John Clarkson Major (1826–1895), English manufacturing chemist and tar distiller, mayor of Wolverhampton 1875–1876
- Johnny Majors (born 1935), American football player and coach
- Lee Majors (born 1939), American actor
- Leo Major (1921–2008), Canadian Army corporal
- Les Major (1926–2001), English footballer
- Mark Major (born 1970), Canadian ice hockey player
- Shirley Majors (1914–1981), American football coach, father of Johnny Majors
- Thomas Major (1720–1799), English engraver
- William James Major (1881–1953), Canadian politician and jurist
- William T. Major (1790–1867), American pastor
Major is a given name which may refer to:
- Major Applewhite (born 1978), American football quarterback and coach
- Major Culbert (born 1987), American football player
- Major Garrett (born 1962), American journalist
- Major Harris (1947-2012), American R&B singer
- Major Harris (born 1968), American football quarterback
- Major Lance (1939–1994), American R&B singer
- Major R. Owens (1936–2013), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York
- Major Thibaut (born 1977), American politician
Usage examples of "major".
The sheriff thrust the papers at Major MacInnes and Abigail could only stare while he quickly scanned the pages.
Major MacInnes turned to watch Major Jennings returning with Corporal Lester and Private Sutton, and Abigail lowered her eyes to her lap.
Each great natural family has requisites that define it, and the characters that make it recognizable are the nearest to these fundamental conditions: thus, reproduction being the major function of the plant, the embryo will be its most important part, and it becomes possible to divide the vegetable kingdom into three classes: acotyledons, monocotyledons, and dicotyledons.
Serpent, Adad is my chosen adversary, the first major step in my rise to power.
Revenge and the hatred for the monsters that tore my body apart, were my major incentives to keep the search for Adeem alive.
Now, you may be thinking, where am I going to get the budget to buy advertising in a major sports arena?
Later arrivals could not have initiated any major changes in the language or culture, although they may have introduced one or more useful plants and an adze or two of exotic type.
Major Migel affectionately dubbed the Forest Hills trio, that they had entertained almost every delegate to the World Conference, keeping open house and lunching or dining as many of the foreign visitors as possible.
Well, I gets near the Major at table, and afore me stood a china utensil with two handles, full of soup, about the size of a foot-tub, with a large silver scoop in it, near about as big as a ladle of a maple sugar kettle.
Rock music then, unlike now, was the vehicle for social protest: lyrics were analysed in meticulous detail and the release of each new album was a major event.
The Shadow too had seen the empty truck and knew that the side issue of the stolen alumite had become a portion of the major quest, the finding of The Harlequin!
If someone had asked her, Crozie could not have explained that urea, which was the major component of urine, would decompose, become ammoniacal, in a warm environment.
Special Operations volunteers endured, everyone in the Ampersand group was grateful for the program of calisthenics, combat sports, and Swimming that Major Warren had imposed during the months at Gatehouse.
He knows the secrets of the seven major amphibia and of the four true beasts, the platypus and dugong and such as that.
Major General Sir John Ardagh, after winning honors in Hebrew and mathematics at Trinity College, Dublin, had changed from a clerical to a military career.