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:

    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)

    America is the world’s living myth. There’s no sense of wrong when you kill an American or blame America for some local disaster. This is our function, to be character types, to embody recurring themes that people can use to comfort themselves, justify themselves and so on. We’re here to accommodate. Whatever people need, we provide. A myth is a useful thing.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926)

    Hey, you dress up our town very nicely. You don’t look out the Chamber of Commerce is going to list you in their publicity with the local attractions.
    Robert M. Fresco, and Jack Arnold. Dr. Matt Hastings (John Agar)