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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Do me the greatest of all favors;" answered the Major. "Don't ask me to say a word about it."
"`I have given him renewed life and hope, in the assurance that you have the power of restoring the son whom he has vainly sought for fifteen years.'" The major looked at the count with an indescribable expression of anxiety.
"Yes, yes," repeated the major, "yes -- there -- is -- a -- postscript."
The major understood, and turning his horse rode back to the little group that had followed him and was already moving to the rear in fear of his displeasure, and so returned to the head of his command.
"But," interrupted the major, "since the weight of a shot is proportionate to its volume, an iron ball of nine feet in diameter would be of tremendous weight."
"What, then, will be the thickness of the sides?" asked the major.
"And you with such a beautiful front of black, Peggy, my dear," the Major cried.
"It's the 150th gives us a farewell dinner, my love," interposed the Major, "but we'll easy get a card for Mr.
When the major was warm, and his hunger appeased, an invincible desire to sleep weighed down his eyelids.
Through the thick veils of irresistible sleep, the major soon saw the husband and wife as mere points or formless objects.
"Cray!" exclaimed the Major, staring at him; "did you fire that shot?"
The interior exhibited a paradox often to be marked in such morning hours: that the rooms seemed brighter than the sky outside; even after the Major had turned out the one gaslight in the front hall.