Definitions for Localˈloʊ kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lo•calˈloʊ kəl(adj.)

  1. pertaining to or characterized by place or position in space; spatial.

  2. pertaining to, characteristic of, or restricted to a particular place:

    a local custom.

  3. pertaining to a city, town, or small district rather than an entire state or country:

    local transportation.

  4. stopping at most or all stations:

    a local train.

  5. pertaining to or affecting a particular part or particular parts, as of a physical system or organism:

    a local disease.

  6. (of anesthesia or an anesthetic) affecting only a particular part or area of the body without concomitant loss of consciousness.

    Category: Medicine

  7. (n.)a local train, bus, etc.

    Category: Transportation

  8. a newspaper item of local interest.

  9. a local branch of a union, fraternity, etc.

  10. a local anesthetic.

    Category: Pharmacology

  11. Often, locals. a local person or resident. a local athletic team.

Origin of local:

1400–50; late ME < LL locālis. See locus , -al1


lo-calˈloʊˈkæl, -ˌkæl(adj.)

  1. Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

    Ref: low-cal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. local(noun)

    public transport consisting of a bus or train that stops at all stations or stops

    "the local seemed to take forever to get to New York"

  2. local anesthetic, local anaesthetic, local, topical anesthetic, topical anaesthetic(adj)

    anesthetic that numbs a particular area of the body

  3. local(adj)

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

    "local taxes"; "local authorities"

  4. local(adj)

    of or belonging to or characteristic of a particular locality or neighborhood

    "local customs"; "local schools"; "the local citizens"; "a local point of view"; "local outbreaks of flu"; "a local bus line"

  5. local(adj)

    affecting only a restricted part or area of the body

    "local anesthesia"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. local(adjective)ˈoʊkəl

    in the area you live in

    the local swimming pool; local and national news; a local community group

  2. localˈoʊkəl

    affecting only a small part of your body

    a local anesthetic


  1. local(Noun)

    A person who lives nearby.

    It's easy to tell the locals from the tourists.

  2. local(Noun)

    A branch of a nationwide organization such as a trade union.

    I'm in the TWU, too. Local 6.

  3. local(Noun)

    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. local(Noun)

    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. local(Noun)

    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. local(Noun)

    An item of news relating to the place where the newspaper is published.

  7. local(Adjective)

    From or in a nearby location.

    We prefer local produce.

  8. local(Adjective)

    Having limited scope (either lexical or dynamic); only being accessible within a certain portion of a program.

  9. local(Adjective)

    Applying to each point in a space rather than the space as a whole.

  10. local(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a restricted part of an organism.

    The patient didn't want to be sedated, so we applied only local anesthesia.

  11. local(Adjective)

    Descended from an indigenous population.

    Hawaiian Pidgin is spoken by the local population.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Local(adj)

    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

  2. Local(noun)

    a train which receives and deposits passengers or freight along the line of the road; a train for the accommodation of a certain district

  3. Local(noun)

    on newspaper cant, an item of news relating to the place where the paper is published


  1. Local

    Local is a twelve-part Oni Press comic book limited series written by Brian Wood and illustrated by Ryan Kelly. Each issue is intended to be a stand-alone short story, taking place in a different town across North America. A recurring character, Megan, provides a thread for readers who follow the series in sequence. Megan is the main character in some issues, while in others she is a spectator or background figure. Local resembles a previous series of Wood's, Demo, which also spanned twelve issues, each of which was a self-contained story. As Local went on, it became more of a coming of age story for the lead character. The first issue was released in November 2005, and the series concluded in June 2008.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Local' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #178

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Local' in Written Corpus Frequency: #321

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Local' in Nouns Frequency: #1497

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Local' in Adjectives Frequency: #10

Translations for Local

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


belonging to a certain place or district

The local shops are very good; local problems.

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