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4 definitions found
 for greatest
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Great \Great\ (gr[=a]t), a. [Compar. Greater; superl.
     Greatest.] [OE. gret, great, AS. gre['a]t; akin to OS. &
     LG. gr[=o]t, D. groot, OHG. gr[=o]z, G. gross. Cf. Groat
     the coin.]
     1. Large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous;
        expanded; -- opposed to small and little; as, a great
        house, ship, farm, plain, distance, length.
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     2. Large in number; numerous; as, a great company, multitude,
        series, etc.
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     3. Long continued; lengthened in duration; prolonged in time;
        as, a great while; a great interval.
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     4. Superior; admirable; commanding; -- applied to thoughts,
        actions, and feelings.
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     5. Endowed with extraordinary powers; uncommonly gifted; able
        to accomplish vast results; strong; powerful; mighty;
        noble; as, a great hero, scholar, genius, philosopher,
        etc.
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     6. Holding a chief position; elevated: lofty: eminent;
        distinguished; foremost; principal; as, great men; the
        great seal; the great marshal, etc.
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              He doth object I am too great of birth. --Shak.
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     7. Entitled to earnest consideration; weighty; important; as,
        a great argument, truth, or principle.
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     8. Pregnant; big (with young).
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              The ewes great with young.            --Ps. lxxviii.
                                                    71.
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     9. More than ordinary in degree; very considerable in degree;
        as, to use great caution; to be in great pain.
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              We have all
              Great cause to give great thanks.     --Shak.
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     10. (Genealogy) Older, younger, or more remote, by single
         generation; -- often used before grand to indicate one
         degree more remote in the direct line of descent; as,
         great-grandfather (a grandfather's or a grandmother's
         father), great-grandson, etc.
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     Great bear (Astron.), the constellation Ursa Major.
  
     Great cattle (Law), all manner of cattle except sheep and
        yearlings. --Wharton.
  
     Great charter (Eng. Hist.), Magna Charta.
  
     Great circle of a sphere, a circle the plane of which
        passes through the center of the sphere.
  
     Great circle sailing, the process or art of conducting a
        ship on a great circle of the globe or on the shortest arc
        between two places.
  
     Great go, the final examination for a degree at the
        University of Oxford, England; -- called also greats.
        --T. Hughes.
  
     Great guns. (Naut.) See under Gun.
  
     The Great Lakes the large fresh-water lakes (Lakes
        Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario) which lie on
        the northern borders of the United States.
  
     Great master. Same as Grand master, under Grand.
  
     Great organ (Mus.), the largest and loudest of the three
        parts of a grand organ (the others being the choir organ
        and the swell, and sometimes the pedal organ or foot
        keys), It is played upon by a separate keyboard, which has
        the middle position.
  
     The great powers (of Europe), in modern diplomacy, Great
        Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Russia, and Italy.
  
     Great primer. See under Type.
  
     Great scale (Mus.), the complete scale; -- employed to
        designate the entire series of musical sounds from lowest
        to highest.
  
     Great sea, the Mediterranean sea. In Chaucer both the Black
        and the Mediterranean seas are so called.
  
     Great seal.
         (a) The principal seal of a kingdom or state.
         (b) In Great Britain, the lord chancellor (who is
             custodian of this seal); also, his office.
  
     Great tithes. See under Tithes.
  
     The great, the eminent, distinguished, or powerful.
  
     The Great Spirit, among the North American Indians, their
        chief or principal deity.
  
     To be great (with one), to be intimate or familiar (with
        him). --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  greatest \greatest\ adj. [superl. of great.]
     1. not to be surpassed.
  
     Syn: top.
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     2. largest in size of those under consideration.
  
     Syn: biggest, largest.
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     3. most of.
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     4. highest in importance or degree or significance or
        achievement; most eminent; as, our greatest statesmen.
  
     Syn: leading(prenominal), preeminent.
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     5. highest in quality.
  
     Syn: sterling(prenominal), superlative.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  greatest
      adj 1: highest in quality [syn: greatest, sterling(a),
             superlative]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  48 Moby Thesaurus words for "greatest":
     at the height, at the limit, best, champion, choice, elect, elite,
     extreme, far out, first-class, first-rate, for the best, furthest,
     handpicked, highest, matchless, maximal, maximum, most, optimal,
     optimum, paramount, peerless, picked, prime, prize, quintessential,
     radical, select, superlative, supreme, surpassing, tip-top,
     too much, top, top-notch, topmost, ultra, ultra-ultra, unmatchable,
     unmatched, unparalleled, unsurpassed, uppermost, utmost, uttermost,
     very best, way out
  
  

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