See also:size, quality, degree, importance, &c., often opposed correlatively to that to which " minor " is applied in the same
See also:connotation . In the categorical
See also:syllogism in logic, the major
See also:term is the term which forms the predicate of the conclusion, the major premise is that which contains the major term . (For the distinction between major and minor intervals, and other applications in
See also:music, see Music and HARMONY.) The use of Major as
See also:part of an official title in Med .
See also:Lat. has given the Span. mayor, Fr. maire, and Eng . " mayor " (q.v.) . In
See also:English the unadapted
See also:form "major" is the title of a military officer now ranking between a captain and a
See also:lieutenant-colonel . Originally the word was used adjectivally in the title " sergeant-major," an officer of high
See also:rank (third in command of an army) who performed the same duties of administration,
See also:drill and encampments on the
See also:staff of the chief
See also:commander as the sergeant in a
See also:company performs as assistant to the captain . This was in the latter
See also:half of the 16th century, and very soon after-wards the "sergeant-major " became known as the " sergeantmajor-general "—hence the
See also:modern title of major-general . By the
See also:time of the English
See also:Civil War " majors " had been introduced in each regiment of
See also:foot., who. corresponded in a lesser sphere to the " major-general " of the whole army . The major's sphere of duties, precedence and title have since varied but little, though he has, in the
See also:British service, taken the place of the lieutenant-colonel as second in command—the latter officer exercising the command of the
See also:cavalry regiment,
See also:battalion or
See also:brigade, and the colonel being, save for certain administrative functions, little more than the titular chief of his regiment . Junior majors command companies of infantry; squadrons of cavalry and batteries of artillery are also commanded by majors . In most
See also:European armies, however, and of
See also:late years in the army of the
See also:United States also, the major has become a battalion commander under the orders of a regimental commander (colonel or lieutenant-colonel) .
The word appears also in the British service in " brigade-major (theadjutant or staff officer of a brigade) . "
See also:Town-majors " (garrison staff
See also:officers) are now no longer appointed .
MAJOR (or MAIR), JOHN (1470-1550)
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