1. Exceeding most other things of like in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of constituent units; big; great; capacious; extensive; opposed to small; as, a nlarge horse; a large house or room; a large lake or pool; a large jug or spoon; a large vineyard; a large army; a large city.
7. Prodigal in expending; lavish.
8. Crossing the line of a ship's course in a favorable direction; said of the wind when it is abeam, or between the beam and the quarter. at large. Without restraint or confinement; as, to go at large; to be left at large. Diffusely; fully; in the full extent; as, to discourse on a subject at large. Common at large. See Common, Electors at large, Representative at large, electors, or a representative, as in Congress, chosen to represent the whole of a State, in distinction from those chosen to represent particular districts in a State. To give, go, run, or sail large, to have the wind crossing the direction of a vessel's course in such a way that the sails feel its full force, and the vessel gains its highest speed. See Large.
Origin: F, fr. L. Largus. Cf. Largo.
(01 Mar 1998)
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