American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of a size, extent, or degree that elicits awe or taxes belief; immense. See Synonyms at enormous.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like a colossus; of extraordinary size; huge; gigantic.
- Synonyms Immense, enormous, prodigious.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of enormous size; gigantic; huge.
- adj. (Sculpture & Painting) Of a size larger than heroic. See Heroic.
- adj. so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
- From French colossal, formed from Latin colossus, from Ancient Greek κολοσσός (kolossos, "giant statue"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Latin colossus, colossus; see colossus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He uses the word colossal when something truly irks him.”
“Plus, former President Bill Clinton warning fellow Democrats against what he calls a colossal blunder.”
“At night, asleep, he lived with the gods in colossal nightmare; and awake, in the day, he went around like a somnambulist, with absent stare, gazing upon the world he had just discovered.”
“Though anti-drug organizations like the Partnership gladly re-enforce all of these supposed stoner traits, the media has piled on with constant jokey references to pot-heads adding "dude" to every sentence (ok, maybe that one's true, dude) with their groggy heads buried in colossal sized bags of Doritos.”
“I drift with the crowd out of the square into a tangle of narrow streets, where the public-houses are a-roar with drunkenness, men, women, and children mixed together in colossal debauch.”
“And so it was that the whole population of San Francisco went forth next day in colossal frolic upon the hills that overlooked the sea.”
“At night, asleep, he lived with the gods in colossal ni. htmlare; and awake, in the day, he went around like a somnambulist, with absent stare, gazing upon the world he had just discovered.”
“Dwarfing the more famous Three Gorges Dams in cost and scale, this hydroengineering colossal is China's solution to a predicted water-parched future, one that surely would derail the most dynamic economy in the world if it came to pass.”
“Although they use enough power to require daily recharges (both use memory cards, which seem to drain colossal amounts of power), I had never had a problem with one of they dying on me in the midst of the day.”
“Their nuclear power, though colossal, is so colossal as to be unusable except for keeping each other terrified.”
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