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Grand

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Grand \Grand\ (gr[a^]nd), adjective [Compar. {Grander} (gr[a^]nd"[~e]r); superl. {Grandest}.] [OE. grant, grount, OF. grant, F. grand, fr. L. grandis; perh. akin to gravis heavy, E. grave, adjective Cf. {Grandee}.]

1. Of large size or extent; great; extensive; hence, relatively great; greatest; chief; principal; as, a grand mountain; a grand army; a grand mistake. "Our grand foe, Satan." --Milton.

Making so bold . . . to unseal Their grand commission. --Shak.

2. Great in size, and fine or imposing in appearance or impression; illustrious, dignifled, or noble (said of persons); majestic, splendid, magnificent, or sublime (said of things); as, a grand monarch; a grand lord; a grand general; a grand view; a grand conception.

They are the highest models of expression, the unapproached masters of the grand style. --M. Arnold.

3. Having higher rank or more dignity, size, or importance than other persons or things of the same name; as, a grand lodge; a grand vizier; a grand piano, etc.

4. Standing in the second or some more remote degree of parentage or descent; -- generalIy used in composition; as, grandfather, grandson, grandchild, etc.

What cause Mov'd our grand parents, in that happy state, Favor'd of Heaven so highly, to fall off From their Creator. --Milton.

{Grand action}, a pianoforte action, used in grand pianos, in which special devices are employed to obtain perfect action of the hammer in striking and leaving the string.

{Grand Army of the Republic}, an organized voluntary association of men who served in the Union army or navy during the civil war in the United States. The order has chapters, called Posts, throughout the country.

{Grand paunch}, a glutton or gourmand. [Obs.] --Holland.

{Grand pensionary}. See under {Pensionary}.

{Grand piano} (Mus.), a large piano, usually harp-shaped, in which the wires or strings are generally triplicated, increasing the power, and all the mechanism is introduced in the most effective manner, regardless of the size of the instrument.

{Grand relief} (Sculp.), alto relievo.

{Grand Seignior}. See under {Seignior}.

{Grand stand}, the principal stand, or erection for spectators, at a, race course, etc.

{Grand vicar} (Eccl.), a principal vicar; an ecclesiastical delegate in France.

{Grand vizier}. See under {Vizier}.

Syn: Magnificent; sublime; majestic; dignified; elevated; stately; august; pompous; lofty; eralted; noble.

Usage: Grand, Magnificent, Sublime. Grand, in reference to objects of taste, is applied to that which expands the mind by a sense of vastness and majesty; magnificent is applied to anything which is imposing from its splendor; sublime describes that which is awful and elevating. A cataract is grand; a rich and varied landscape is magnificent; an overhanging precipice is sublime. "Grandeur admits of degrees and modifications; but magnificence is that which has already reached the highest degree of superiority naturally belonging to the object in question." --Crabb.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

grand

adjective

1: of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope; "an expansive lifestyle"; "in the grand manner"; "collecting on a grand scale"; "heroic undertakings" [syn: {expansive}, {grand}, {heroic}]

2: of or befitting a lord; "heir to a lordly fortune"; "of august lineage" [syn: {august}, {grand}, {lordly}]

3: rich and superior in quality; "a princely sum"; "gilded dining rooms" [syn: {deluxe}, {gilded}, {grand}, {luxurious}, {opulent}, {princely}, {sumptuous}]

4: extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers; "a fantastic trip to the Orient"; "the film was fantastic!"; "a howling success"; "a marvelous collection of rare books"; "had a rattling conversation about politics"; "a tremendous achievement" [syn: {fantastic}, {grand}, {howling(a)}, {marvelous}, {marvellous}, {rattling(a)}, {terrific}, {tremendous}, {wonderful}, {wondrous}]

5: of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style; "an exalted ideal"; "argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks; "a noble and lofty concept"; "a grand purpose" [syn: {exalted}, {elevated}, {sublime}, {grand}, {high-flown}, {high-minded}, {lofty}, {rarefied}, {rarified}, {idealistic}, {noble-minded}]

6: large and impressive in physical size or extent; "the bridge is a grand structure"

7: the most important and magnificent in adornment; "grand ballroom"; "grand staircase"

8: used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person; "his distinguished bearing"; "the monarch's imposing presence"; "she reigned in magisterial beauty" [syn: {distinguished}, {grand}, {imposing}, {magisterial}]

noun

1: the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100 [syn: {thousand}, {one thousand}, {1000}, {M}, {K}, {chiliad}, {G}, {grand}, {thou}, {yard}]

2: a piano with the strings on a horizontal harp-shaped frame; usually supported by three legs [syn: {grand piano}, {grand}]

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