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 for Major
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Major \Ma"jor\, n. [F. major. See Major, a.]
     1. (Mil.) An officer next in rank above a captain and next
        below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
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     2. (Law) A person of full age.
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     3. (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].
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     Note: In hypothetical syllogisms, the hypothetical premise is
           called the major.
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     4. [LL. See Major.] A mayor. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Major \Ma"jor\, [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F.
     majeur. Cf. Master, Mayor, Magnitude, More, a.]
     1. 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.
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     2. Of greater dignity; more important. --Shak.
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     3. Of full legal age; adult. [Obs.]
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     4. (Mus.) Greater by a semitone, either in interval or in
        difference of pitch from another tone.
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     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
     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
     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: of greater importance or stature or rank; "a major
             artist"; "a major role"; "major highways" [ant: minor]
      2: greater in scope or effect; "a major contribution"; "a major
         improvement"; "a major break with tradition"; "a major
         misunderstanding" [ant: minor]
      3: 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]
      4: of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or
         specializes; "his major field was mathematics" [ant: minor]
      5: of a scale or mode; "major scales"; "the key of D major"
         [ant: minor]
      6: of greater seriousness or danger; "a major earthquake"; "a
         major hurricane"; "a major illness" [ant: minor]
      7: of full legal age [ant: minor, nonaged, underage]
      8: of the elder of two boys with the same family name; "Jones
      n 1: a commissioned military officer in the United States Army
           or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above
      2: British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997
         (born in 1943) [syn: Major, John Major, John R. Major,
         John Roy Major]
      3: a university student who is studying a particular field as
         the principal subject; "she is a linguistics major"
      4: the principal field of study of a student at a university;
         "her major is linguistics"
      v 1: have as one's principal field of study; "She is majoring in

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  197 Moby Thesaurus words for "major":
     ADC, CO, OD, a cut above, above, academic specialty, adult, ahead,
     aide, aide-de-camp, area, ascendant, better, big, big-league,
     big-name, big-time, bigger, biggest, bigwig, bigwigged, brigadier,
     brigadier general, capital, capping, captain, chicken colonel,
     chief, chief of staff, chosen, classical education, cock, colonel,
     commandant, commander, commander in chief, commanding officer,
     commissioned officer, company officer, consequential, considerable,
     core curriculum, course, course of study, critical, crucial,
     curriculum, dangerous, discipline, distinguished, dominant,
     dominating, double-barreled, earthshaking, eclipsing, elder,
     eldest, elective, eminent, exceeding, excellent, excelling, exec,
     executive officer, extensive, fell, field, field marshal,
     field officer, finer, first lieutenant, first-born, firstling,
     five-star general, foremost, former, four-star general, general,
     general education, general officer, general studies, generalissimo,
     grand, grave, great, greater, grievous, grown man, grownup,
     heavyweight, hefty, high-powered, higher, humanities, important,
     in ascendancy, in the ascendant, jemadar, junior officer, key,
     key signature, keynote, large, large-scale, larger, legalis homo,
     liberal arts, lieutenant, lieutenant colonel, lieutenant general,
     main, major general, major key, man, marechal, marked, marshal,
     material, mature man, mediant, minor, momentous, name, no chicken,
     notable, noteworthy, of choice, officer, older, oldest, one up on,
     one-star general, orderly officer, outstanding, over, paramount,
     pedal point, predominant, preeminent, primary, prime,
     primogenitary, principal, proseminar, quadrivium, rare,
     refresher course, risaldar, rivaling, scientific education,
     self-important, seminar, senior, senior officer, serious,
     shavetail, significant, sirdar, sizable, specialty, staff officer,
     star, stellar, study, subahdar, subaltern, subdiscipline,
     subdominant, subject, sublieutenant, submediant, substantial,
     subtonic, super, superior, supertonic, surpassing,
     technical education, the Old Man, the brass, three-star general,
     tonality, tonic, tonic key, top brass, topping, transcendent,
     transcendental, transcending, trivium, two-star general, ugly,
     upper, vital, woman, world-shaking, worst

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MAJOR, persons. One who has attained his full age, and has acquired all his 
  civil rights; one who is no longer a minor; an adult. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MAJOR. Military language. The lowest of the staff officers; a degree higher 
  than captain. 

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Major -- U.S. County in Oklahoma
     Population (2000):    7545
     Housing Units (2000): 3540
     Land area (2000):     956.759846 sq. miles (2477.996521 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    1.105637 sq. miles (2.863587 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    957.865483 sq. miles (2480.860108 sq. km)
     Located within:       Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
     Location:             36.313820 N, 98.448638 W
      Major, OK
      Major County
      Major County, OK

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