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giant
WordNet 2.0
  • any creature of exceptional size
  • an unusually large enterprise
  • "Walton built a retail giant"
  • a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun)
  • an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength
  • appears in folklore and fair tales
  • a person of exceptional importance and reputation
  • someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
  • a very large person
  • impressive in size or qualities
  • of great mass
  • huge and bulky
  • "a jumbo jet"
  • "jumbo shrimp"
giant
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. A man of extraordinari bulk and stature.

    "Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise." -- Milton.

    2. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.

    3. Any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power.

    Giant's Causeway
    a vast collection of basaltic pillars, in the county of Antrim on the northern coast of Ireland.

  • 1. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son.

    Giant cell
    (Anat.) See Myeloplax.

    Giant clam
    (Zoöl.), a bivalve shell of the genus Tridacna, esp. T. gigas, which sometimes weighs 500 pounds. The shells are sometimes used in churches to contain holy water.

    Giant heron
    (Zoöl.), a very large African heron (Ardeomega goliath). It is the largest heron known.

    Giant kettle
    a pothole of very large dimensions, as found in Norway in connection with glaciers. See Pothole.

    Giant powder
    See Nitroglycerin.

    Giant puffball
    (Bot.), a fungus (Lycoperdon giganteum), edible when young, and when dried used for stanching wounds.

    Giant salamander
    (Zoöl.), a very large aquatic salamander (Megalobatrachus maximus), found in Japan. It is the largest of living Amphibia, becoming a yard long.

    Giant squid
    (Zoöl.), one of several species of very large squids, belonging to Architeuthis and allied genera. Some are over forty feet long.

 

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