Local

Local usually refers to something nearby, or in the immediate area.

It may be used in many ways, some of which are related to this general meaning, others which are not:

  • Local, local anesthesia
  • Local, a.k.a. union local or local union
  • Local, a.k.a. public house
  • Local (comic)

In computing:

  • Local variable in programming languages
  • .local, network address component

In a community:

  • Local community
  • Local government
  • Local history
  • Local purchasing

Famous quotes containing the word local:

    Civility, which is a disposition to accommodate and oblige others, is essentially the same in every country; but good breeding, as it is called, which is the manner of exerting that disposition, is different in almost every country, and merely local; and every man of sense imitates and conforms to that local good breeding of the place which he is at.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)

    The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
    Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
    And as imagination bodies forth
    The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
    Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
    A local habitation and a name.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    While it may not heighten our sympathy, wit widens our horizons by its flashes, revealing remote hidden affiliations and drawing laughter from far afield; humor, in contrast, strikes up fellow feeling, and though it does not leap so much across time and space, enriches our insight into the universal in familiar things, lending it a local habitation and a name.
    —Marie Collins Swabey. Comic Laughter, ch. 5, Yale University Press (1961)