Definitions for: Giant


[n] any creature of exceptional size
[n] an unusually large enterprise; "Walton built a retail giant"
[n] a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun)
[n] an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fair tales
[n] a person of exceptional importance and reputation
[n] someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
[n] a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
[adj] of great mass; huge and bulky; "a jumbo jet"; "jumbo shrimp"



Webster (1913) Definition: Gi"ant, n. [OE. giant, geant, geaunt, OF. jaiant, geant,
F. g['e]ant, L. gigas, fr. Gr. ?, ?, from the root of E.
gender, genesis. See Gender, and cf. Gigantic.]
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.


Gi"ant, a.
Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as,
giant brothers; a giant son.

Giant cell. (Anat.) See Myeloplax.

Giant clam (Zo["o]l.), 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 (Zo["o]l.), 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 (Zo["o]l.), a very large aquatic
salamander (Megalobatrachus maximus), found in Japan. It
is the largest of living Amphibia, becoming a yard long.


Giant squid (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of very
large squids, belonging to Architeuthis and allied
genera. Some are over forty feet long.

Synonyms: behemoth, big, colossus, elephantine, gargantuan, giant star, goliath, heavyweight, hulk, jumbo, large, monster, titan, whale

See Also: animal, animate being, anomaly, Arcturus, Argus, beast, brute, Capella, creature, Cyclops, enterprise, fauna, giantess, imaginary being, imaginary creature, important person, influential person, Jotun, Jotunn, large person, Mimir, ogre, personage, star, unusual person

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