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[n] 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"
[n] anesthetic that numbs a local area of the body
[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"
[adj] (medicine) affecting only a restricted part or area of the body; "local anesthesia"
[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"


express, general, national

Misc. Definitions

\Lo"cal\, a. [L. localis, fr. locus place: cf. F. local. See {Lieu}, {Locus}.] 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. Gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name. --Shak. {Local actions} (Law), actions such as must be brought in a particular county, where the cause arises; -- distinguished from transitory actions. {Local affection} (Med.), a disease or ailment confined to a particular part or organ, and not directly affecting the system. {Local attraction} (Magnetism), an attraction near a compass, causing its needle to deviate from its proper direction, especially on shipboard. {Local battery} (Teleg.), the battery which actuates the recording instruments of a telegraphic station, as distinguished from the battery furnishing a current for the line. {Local circuit} (Teleg.), the circuit of the local battery. {Local color}. (a) (Paint.) The color which belongs to an object, and is not caused by accidental influences, as of reflection, shadow, etc. (b) (Literature) Peculiarities of the place and its inhabitants where the scene of an action or story is laid. {Local option}, the right or obligation of determining by popular vote within certain districts, as in each county, city, or town, whether the sale of alcoholic beverages within the district shall be allowed.
\Lo"cal\, n.
1. (Railroad) A train which receives and deposits passengers or freight along the line of the road; a train for the accommodation of a certain district. [U.S.]
2. On newspaper cant, an item of news relating to the place where the paper is published. [U.S.]

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