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adjective big, chief, comprehensive, considerable, crucial, decisive, distinguished, enormous, essential, extensive, extraordinary, far-reaching, fateful, goodly, grave, great, high-level, important, impressive, intense, key, large, leading, massive, matchless, material, memorable, meritorious, moderately large, momentous, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, ponderous, pressing, prime, principal, remarkable, serious, significant, sizable, sober, solemn, substantial, supreme, top, top-level, tremendous, unparalleled, vital, weighty, worthy of consideration, worthy of remark
See also: cardinal, central, critical, crucial, essential, important, indispensable, key, material, momentous, outstanding

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.

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

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Yes, yes," repeated the major, "yes -- there -- is -- a -- postscript.
The major awaited the conclusion of the postscript, apparently with great anxiety.
He said `very good,'" muttered the major, "then -- sir" -- replied he.
I must explain to you," said the major, "that, fully confiding in the signature of the Abbe Busoni, I had not provided myself with any other funds; so that if this resource had failed me, I should have found myself very unpleasantly situated in Paris.
It's the 150th gives us a farewell dinner, my love," interposed the Major, "but we'll easy get a card for Mr.
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.
While the Major strolled unobtrusively towards him, the priest took an equally indolent turn, which took him round the next corner of the house to within a yard or two of the projecting dustbin.
Oh yes, we can, my dear," said the Major, looking at her very amiably.
I suppose the Major was in love with her, too," he said with a sigh; and when the other nodded, observed: "You were very generous, doctor.