[ loh-kuh l ]
/ ˈloʊ kəl /
pertaining to or characterized by place or position in space; spatial.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or restricted to a particular place or particular places: a local custom.
pertaining to a city, town, or small district rather than an entire state or country: local transportation.
stopping at most or all stations: a local train.
pertaining to or affecting a particular part or particular parts, as of a physical system or organism: a local disease.
Medicine/Medical. (of anesthesia or an anesthetic) affecting only a particular part or area of the body, without concomitant loss of consciousness, as distinguished from general anesthesia.
a local train, bus, etc.
a newspaper item of local interest.
a local branch of a union, fraternity, etc.
a local anesthetic.
- a local person or resident: primarily of interest to locals.
- a local athletic team: the locals versus the state champions.
British Informal. a neighborhood pub.
verb (used without object)
Informal. to travel by or take a local train or the like.
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Origin of local
lo·cal·ness, nounin·ter·lo·cal, adjectivein·ter·lo·cal·ly, adverbnon·lo·cal, adjective, noun
non·lo·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·lo·cal, adjectivesu·per·lo·cal·ly, adverbun·lo·cal, adjectiveun·lo·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for non-local
/ (ˈləʊkəl) /
a train, bus, etc, that stops at all stations or stops
an inhabitant of a specified locality
British informal a pub close to one's home or place of work
med short for local anaesthetic
US and Canadian an item of local interest in a newspaper
US and Canadian a local or regional branch of an association
Canadian a telephone extension
Derived Formslocalness, noun
Word Origin for local
C15: via Old French from Late Latin locālis, from Latin locus place, locus
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Medicine definitions for non-local
[ lō′kəl ]
Affecting or confined to a specific part of the body; not general or systemic.
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