--it may be named in the greatest things.great
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
It is very great.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
It can be named great
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
Pretty impressive, huh?
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
adj. great·er, great·est
1. Very large in size.
2. Larger in size than others of the same kind.
3. Large in quantity or number: A great throng awaited us. See Synonyms at large.
4. Extensive in time or distance: a great delay.
5. Remarkable or outstanding in magnitude, degree, or extent: a great crisis.
6. Of outstanding significance or importance: a great work of art.
7. Chief or principal: the great house on the estate.
8. Superior in quality or character; noble: "For he was great, ere fortune made him so" (John Dryden).
9. Powerful; influential: one of the great nations of the West.
10. Eminent; distinguished: a great leader.
11. Grand; aristocratic.
12. Informal Enthusiastic: a great lover of music.
13. Informal Very skillful: great at algebra.
14. Informal Very good; first-rate: We had a great time at the dance.
Whatever it is that makes life possible, it certainly meets most, if not all, of these definitions!
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