at large

at large  {adv.} or  {adj. phr.}
1. Not kept within walls, fences, or boundaries; free.
The killer remained at large for weeks.
Compare: AT LIBERTY.
Cattle and sheep roamed at large on the big ranch.
2. In a broad, general way; at length; fully.
The superintendent talked at large for an hour about his hopes for a new school building.
3. As a group rather than as individuals; as a whole; taken together.
The junior class at large was not interested in a senior yearbook.
4. As a representative of a whole political unit or area rather than one of its parts; from a city rather than one of its wards, or a state rather than one of its districts.
He was elected congressman at large.
Aldermen are voted for at large.
Categories: {adj. phr.} {adv.}