Major is a rank of commissioned officer, with corresponding ranks existing in many military forces.
When used unhyphenated, in conjunction with no other indicator of rank, the term refers to the rank just senior to that of an army captain and just below the rank of lieutenant colonel. It is considered the most junior of the field ranks. In some militaries, notably France, the rank is referred to as commandant, while in others it is known as captain-major. It is also used in some police forces and other paramilitary rank structures, such as the New York State Police, New Jersey State Police and several others. As a police rank, Major roughly corresponds to the UK rank of Superintendent.
When used in hyphenated or combined fashion, the term can also imply seniority at other levels of rank, including general-major or major general, denoting a mid-level general officer, and sergeant major, denoting the most senior NCO of a military unit.
It can also be used with a hyphen to denote the leader of a military band such as in pipe-major or drum-major.
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... Western classical music, the natural-minor "system" is defined by, "(1) the use of only major and minor triads (or seventh chords made out of them) and (2) keeping the natural-minor scale pure as the aggregate ... Thus minor triads on, and, and major on, are allowed but no form on the second is, either the altered major or minor, or the already occurring but consistently avoided diminished ...
... The City is today a major business and financial centre, ranking as the leading centre of global finance throughout the 19th century, the City served as the world's primary ... The other major financial district in London is Canary Wharf, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the east ... The legal profession forms a major component of the northern and western sides of the City - especially in the Temple and Chancery Lane areas where the Inns of Court are ...
... system" is a natural minor scale with major triads built on every step, though the first may be major or minor (the tonic to Eric Clapton's cover of JJ Cale's "After ... qualities, the chromatic-minor system involves consistent use of a particular triad type—the major triad—at the expense of purity of scale." Thus variants of the third, fourth, sixth, and seventh are found ... to the unusual nature of this system, rather than V/V the major triad built on the second step is notated II ...
Famous quotes containing the word major:
“Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.”
—John Major (b. 1943)
“As a novelist, I cannot occupy myself with characters, or at any rate central ones, who lack panache, in one or another sense, who would be incapable of a major action or a major passion, or who have not a touch of the ambiguity, the ultimate unaccountability, the enlarging mistiness of persons in history. History, as more austerely I now know it, is not romantic. But I am.”
—Elizabeth Bowen (18991973)
“When I see that the nineteenth century has crowned the idolatry of Art with the deification of Love, so that every poet is supposed to have pierced to the holy of holies when he has announced that Love is the Supreme, or the Enough, or the All, I feel that Art was safer in the hands of the most fanatical of Cromwells major generals than it will be if ever it gets into mine.”
—George Bernard Shaw (18561950)