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Meaning of local by Wiktionary Dictionary



    ( adjective ) From Old French local, from Late Latin localis ( “belonging to a place” ), from Latin locus ( “a place” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈləʊkl/, X-SAMPA: /"l@Ukl/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈloʊkl/, X-SAMPA: /"loUkl/
    • Rhymes: -əʊkəl


    local ( comparative more local, superlative most local )

    1. From or in a nearby location .
      We prefer local produce .
    2. ( computing, of a variable or identifier ) Having limited scope ( either lexical or dynamic ); only being accessible within a certain portion of a program .
    3. ( mathematics, not comparable, of a condition or state ) Applying to each point in a space rather than the space as a whole .
    4. ( medicine ) Of or pertaining to a restricted part of an organism .
      The patient didn't want to be sedated, so we applied only local anesthesia .
    5. Descended from an indigenous population .
      Hawaiian Pidgin is spoken by the local population .




    local ( plural: locals )

    1. A person who lives nearby .
      It's easy to tell the locals from the tourists .
    2. A branch of a nationwide organization such as a trade union .
      I'm in the TWU, too. Local 6 .
    3. ( rail transport ) A train that stops at all, or almost all, stations between its origin and destination, including very small ones .
      The expresses skipped my station, so I had to take a local .
    4. ( UK ) One's nearest or regularly frequented public house or bar .
      I got barred from my local, so I've started going all the way into town for a drink .
    5. ( programming ) A locally scoped identifier .
      Functional programming languages usually don't allow changing the immediate value of locals once they've been initialized, unless they're explicitly marked as being mutable .
    6. ( US, slang, journalism ) An item of news relating to the place where the newspaper is published .



    Derived terms

    External links

    • local in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • local in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • local at OneLook Dictionary Search


    By Wiktionary ( 2011/06/06 02:57 UTC Version )


    low + calories


    lo-cal ( comparative more lo-cal, superlative most lo-cal )

    1. ( informal ) ( of food or drink ) That contains fewer calories than normal

Explanation of local by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. relating to or applicable to or concerned with the administration of a city or town or district rather than a larger area

    2. local taxes
      local authorities
    3. affecting only a restricted part or area of the body

    4. local anesthesia
    5. of or belonging to or characteristic of a particular locality or neighborhood

    6. local customs
      local schools
      the local citizens
      a local point of view
      local outbreaks of flu
      a local bus line
    1. public transport consisting of a bus or train that stops at all stations or stops

    2. the local seemed to take forever to get to New York
    3. anesthetic that numbs a particular area of the body

    Definition of local by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Local ( lōkal ), a. [L. localis, fr. locus place: cf. F. local. See Lieu, Locus.] Of or pertaining to a particular place, or to a definite region or portion of space; restricted to one place or region; as, “a local custom”.

      Gives to airy nothing

      A local habitation and a name. Shak.

      Local actions ( Law ), actions such as must be brought in a particular county, where the cause arises; -- distinguished from transitory actions. -- Local affection ( Med. ), a disease or ailment confined to a particular part or organ, and not directly affecting the system. -- Local attraction ( Magnetism ), an attraction near a compass, causing its needle to deviate from its proper direction, especially on shipboard. -- Local battery ( Teleg. ), the battery which actuates the recording instruments of a telegraphic station, as distinguished from the battery furnishing a current for the line. -- Local circuit ( Teleg. ), the circuit of the local battery. -- Local color. ( Paint. ) The color which belongs to an object, and is not caused by accidental influences, as of reflection, shadow, etc. ( Literature ) Peculiarities of the place and its inhabitants where the scene of an action or story is laid. -- Local option, the right or obligation of determining by popular vote within certain districts, as in each county,
      city, or town, whether the sale of alcoholic beverages within the district shall be allowed.

    2. Local, n.
      1. ( Railroad ) A train which receives and deposits passengers or freight along the line of the road; a train for the accommodation of a certain district. [U.S.]

      2. In newspaper cant, an item of news relating to the place where the paper is published. [U.S.]

      3. A train or bus which stops at all stations along a line, as contrasted with an express, which stops only at certain stations designated as express stops.