The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
General \Gen"er*al\, a. [F. g['e]n['e]ral, fr. L. generalis. See
1. Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class
or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable
2. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or
particular; including all particulars; as, a general
inference or conclusion.
3. Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not
specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a
loose and general expression.
4. Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread;
prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general
opinion; a general custom.
This general applause and cheerful shout
Argue your wisdom and your love to Richard. --Shak.
5. Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam,
our general sire. --Milton.
6. As a whole; in gross; for the most part.
His general behavior vain, ridiculous. --Shak.
7. Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or
Note: The word general, annexed to a name of office, usually
denotes chief or superior; as, attorney-general;
adjutant general; commissary general; quartermaster
general; vicar-general, etc.
General agent (Law), an agent whom a principal employs to
transact all his business of a particular kind, or to act
in his affairs generally.
General assembly. See the Note under Assembly.
General average, General Court. See under Average,
General court-martial (Mil.), the highest military and
naval judicial tribunal.
General dealer (Com.), a shopkeeper who deals in all
articles in common use.
General demurrer (Law), a demurrer which objects to a
pleading in general terms, as insufficient, without
specifying the defects. --Abbott.
General epistle, a canonical epistle.
General guides (Mil.), two sergeants (called the right, and
the left, general guide) posted opposite the right and
left flanks of an infantry battalion, to preserve accuracy
in marching. --Farrow.
General hospitals (Mil.), hospitals established to receive
sick and wounded sent from the field hospitals. --Farrow.
General issue (Law), an issue made by a general plea, which
traverses the whole declaration or indictment at once,
without offering any special matter to evade it.
General lien (Law), a right to detain a chattel, etc.,
until payment is made of any balance due on a general
General officer (Mil.), any officer having a rank above
that of colonel.
General orders (Mil.), orders from headquarters published
to the whole command.
General practitioner, in the United States, one who
practices medicine in all its branches without confining
himself to any specialty; in England, one who practices
both as physician and as surgeon.
General ship, a ship not chartered or let to particular
General term (Logic), a term which is the sign of a general
conception or notion.
General verdict (Law), the ordinary comprehensive verdict
in civil actions, "for the plaintiff" or "for the
General warrant (Law), a warrant, now illegal, to apprehend
suspected persons, without naming individuals.
Syn: Syn. General, Common, Universal.
Usage: Common denotes primarily that in which many share; and
hence, that which is often met with. General is
stronger, denoting that which pertains to a majority
of the individuals which compose a genus, or whole.
Universal, that which pertains to all without
exception. To be able to read and write is so common
an attainment in the United States, that we may
pronounce it general, though by no means universal.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ship \Ship\, n. [OE. ship, schip, AS. scip; akin to OFries.
skip, OS. scip, D. schip, G. schiff, OHG. scif, Dan. skib,
Sw. skeep, Icel. & Goth. skip; of unknown origin. Cf.
Equip, Skiff, Skipper.]
1. Any large seagoing vessel.
Like a stately ship . . .
With all her bravery on, and tackle trim,
Sails filled, and streamers waving. --Milton.
Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State! --Longfellow.
2. Specifically, a vessel furnished with a bowsprit and three
masts (a mainmast, a foremast, and a mizzenmast), each of
which is composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a
topgallant mast, and square-rigged on all masts. See
Illustation in Appendix.
[1913 Webster] l Port or Larboard Side; s Starboard Side;
1 Roundhouse or Deck House; 2 Tiller; 3 Grating; 4 Wheel;
5 Wheel Chains; 6 Binnacle; 7 Mizzenmast; 8 Skylight; 9
Capstan; 10 Mainmast; 11 Pumps; 12 Galley or Caboose; 13
Main Hatchway; 14 Windlass; 15 Foremast; 16 Fore Hatchway;
17 Bitts; 18 Bowsprit; 19 Head Rail; 20 Boomkins; 21
Catheads on Port Bow and Starboard Bow; 22 Fore Chains; 23
Main Chains; 24 Mizzen Chains; 25 Stern.
[1913 Webster] 1 Fore Royal Stay; 2 Flying Jib Stay; 3
Fore Topgallant Stay;4 Jib Stay; 5 Fore Topmast Stays; 6
Fore Tacks; 8 Flying Martingale; 9 Martingale Stay,
shackled to Dolphin Striker; 10 Jib Guys; 11 Jumper Guys;
12 Back Ropes; 13 Robstays; 14 Flying Jib Boom; 15 Flying
Jib Footropes; 16 Jib Boom; 17 Jib Foottropes; 18
Bowsprit; 19 Fore Truck; 20 Fore Royal Mast; 21 Fore Royal
Lift; 22 Fore Royal Yard; 23 Fore Royal Backstays; 24 Fore
Royal Braces; 25 Fore Topgallant Mast and Rigging; 26 Fore
Topgallant Lift; 27 Fore Topgallant Yard; 28 Fore
Topgallant Backstays; 29 Fore Topgallant Braces; 30 Fore
Topmast and Rigging; 31 Fore Topsail Lift; 32 Fore Topsail
Yard; 33 Fore Topsail Footropes; 34 Fore Topsail Braces;
35 Fore Yard; 36 Fore Brace; 37 Fore Lift; 38 Fore Gaff;
39 Fore Trysail Vangs; 40 Fore Topmast Studding-sail Boom;
41 Foremast and Rigging; 42 Fore Topmast Backstays; 43
Fore Sheets; 44 Main Truck and Pennant; 45 Main Royal Mast
and Backstay; 46 Main Royal Stay; 47 Main Royal Lift; 48
Main Royal Yard; 49 Main Royal Braces; 50 Main Topgallant
Mast and Rigging; 51 Main Topgallant Lift; 52 Main
Topgallant Backstays; 53 Main Topgallant Yard; 54 Main
Topgallant Stay; 55 Main Topgallant Braces; 56 Main
Topmast and Rigging; 57 Topsail Lift; 58 Topsail Yard; 59
Topsail Footropes; 60 Topsail Braces; 61 Topmast Stays; 62
Main Topgallant Studding-sail Boom; 63 Main Topmast
Backstay; 64 Main Yard; 65 Main Footropes; 66 Mainmast and
Rigging; 67 Main Lift; 68 Main Braces; 69 Main Tacks; 70
Main Sheets; 71 Main Trysail Gaff; 72 Main Trysail Vangs;
73 Main Stays; 74 Mizzen Truck; 75 Mizzen Royal Mast and
Rigging; 76 Mizzen Royal Stay; 77 Mizzen Royal Lift; 78
Mizzen Royal Yard; 79 Mizzen Royal Braces; 80 Mizzen
Topgallant Mast and Rigging; 81 Mizzen Topgallant Lift; 82
Mizzen Topgallant Backstays; 83 Mizzen Topgallant Braces;
84 Mizzen Topgallant Yard; 85 Mizzen Topgallant Stay; 86
Mizzen Topmast and Rigging; 87 Mizzen Topmast Stay; 88
Mizzen Topsail Lift; 89 Mizzen Topmast Backstays; 90
Mizzen Topsail Braces; 91 Mizzen Topsail Yard; 92 Mizzen
Topsail Footropes; 93 Crossjack Yard; 94 Crossjack
Footropes; 95 Crossjack Lift; 96 Crossjack Braces; 97
Mizzenmast and Rigging; 98 Mizzen Stay; 99 Spanker Gaff;
100 Peak Halyards; 101 Spanker Vangs; 102 Spanker Boom;
103 Spanker Boom Topping Lift; 104 Jacob's Ladder, or
Stern Ladder; 105 Spanker Sheet; 106 Cutwater; 107
Starboard Bow; 108 Starboard Beam; 109 Water Line; 110
Starboard Quarter; 111 Rudder.
3. A dish or utensil (originally fashioned like the hull of a
ship) used to hold incense. [Obs.] --Tyndale.
Armed ship, a private ship taken into the service of the
government in time of war, and armed and equipped like a
ship of war. [Eng.] --Brande & C.
General ship. See under General.
Ship biscuit, hard biscuit prepared for use on shipboard;
-- called also ship bread. See Hardtack.
Ship boy, a boy who serves in a ship. "Seal up the ship
boy's eyes." --Shak.
Ship breaker, one who breaks up vessels when unfit for
Ship broker, a mercantile agent employed in buying and
selling ships, procuring cargoes, etc., and generally in
transacting the business of a ship or ships when in port.
Ship canal, a canal suitable for the passage of seagoing
Ship carpenter, a carpenter who works at shipbuilding; a
Ship chandler, one who deals in cordage, canvas, and other,
furniture of vessels.
Ship chandlery, the commodities in which a ship chandler
deals; also, the business of a ship chandler.
Ship fever (Med.), a form of typhus fever; -- called also
putrid fever, jail fever, or hospital fever.
Ship joiner, a joiner who works upon ships.
Ship letter, a letter conveyed by a ship not a mail packet.
Ship money (Eng. Hist.), an imposition formerly charged on
the ports, towns, cities, boroughs, and counties, of
England, for providing and furnishing certain ships for
the king's service. The attempt made by Charles I. to
revive and enforce this tax was resisted by John Hampden,
and was one of the causes which led to the death of
Charles. It was finally abolished.
Ship of the line. See under Line.
Ship pendulum, a pendulum hung amidships to show the extent
of the rolling and pitching of a vessel.
(a) An inclined railway with a cradelike car, by means of
which a ship may be drawn out of water, as for
(b) A railway arranged for the transportation of vessels
overland between two water courses or harbors.
Ship's company, the crew of a ship or other vessel.
Ship's days, the days allowed a vessel for loading or
Ship's husband. See under Husband.
Ship's papers (Mar. Law), papers with which a vessel is
required by law to be provided, and the production of
which may be required on certain occasions. Among these
papers are the register, passport or sea letter, charter
party, bills of lading, invoice, log book, muster roll,
bill of health, etc. --Bouvier. --Kent.
To make ship, to embark in a ship or other vessel.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
GENERAL SHIP. One which is employed by the master or owners, on a particular
voyage, and is hired by a number of persons, unconnected with each other, to
convey their respective goods to the place of destination.
2. This contract, although usually made with the master, and not with
the owners, is considered in law to be made with them also, and that both he
and they are separately bound to the performance of it. Abbott on Ship. 112,