Definitions for: Grand


[n] a piano with the strings on a harp-shaped frame; usually supported by 3 legs
[n] the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
[adj] impressive in scale; "an expansive lifestyle"; "in the grand manner"
[adj] impressive in size or scope; "heroic undertakings"
[adj] of or befitting a lord; "heir to a lordly fortune"; "of august lineage"



Webster (1913) Definition: Grand, a. [Compar. Grander; superl. Grandest.] [OE.
grant, grount, OF. grant, F. grand, fr. L. grandis; perh.
akin to gravis heavy, E. grave, a. 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 cross.
(a) The highest rank of knighthood in the Order of the
Bath.
(b) A knight grand cross.

Grand cordon, the cordon or broad ribbon, identified with
the highest grade in certain honorary orders; hence, a
person who holds that grade.

Grand days (Eng. Law), certain days in the terms which are
observed as holidays in the inns of court and chancery
(Candlemas, Ascension, St. John Baptist's, and All Saints'
Days); called also Dies non juridici.

Grand duchess.
(a) The wife or widow of a grand duke.
(b) A lady having the sovereignty of a duchy in her own
right.
(c) In Russia, a daughter of the Czar.

Grand duke.
(a) A sovereign duke, inferior in rank to a king; as, the
Grand Duke of Tuscany.
(b) In Russia, a son of the Czar.
(c) (Zo["o]l.) The European great horned owl or eagle owl
(Bubo maximas).

Grand-guard, or Grandegarde, a piece of plate armor used
in tournaments as an extra protection for the left
shoulder and breast.

Grand juror, a member of a grand jury.

Grand jury (Law), a jury of not less than twelve men, and
not more than twenty-three, whose duty it is, in private
session, to examine into accusations against persons
charged with crime, and if they see just cause, then to
find bills of indictment against them, to be presented to
the court; -- called also grand inquest.

Grand juryman, a grand juror.

Grand larceny. (Law) See under Larceny.

Grand lodge, the chief lodge, or governing body, among
Freemasons and other secret orders.

Grand master.
(a) The head of one of the military orders of knighthood,
as the Templars, Hospitallers, etc.
(b) The head of the order of Freemasons or of Good
Templars, etc.



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.

Synonyms: 1000, august, chiliad, expansive, G, grand piano, heroic, impressive, K, lordly, M, noble, one thousand, thou, thousand, yard

See Also: baby grand, baby grand piano, concert grand, concert piano, forte-piano, large integer, leg, parlor grand, parlor grand piano, parlour grand, parlour grand piano, piano, pianoforte

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