American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person or thing of great size.
- n. A person or thing of extraordinary power, significance, or importance: a giant in the field of physics; automotive industry giants.
- n. Greek Mythology One of a race of humanlike beings of enormous strength and stature who were destroyed in battle with the Olympians.
- n. A being in folklore or myth similar to one of these beings.
- adj. Marked by exceptionally great size, magnitude, or power: a giant wave; a giant impact.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical mythology, one of a divine but monstrous race, children of Uranus (Heaven) and Gæa (Earth), and personifying destructive physical phenomena, as those of volcanic origin. They were subdued by the Olympian gods after a war which forms a favorite subject in ancient art (see
gigantomachy), and typifies the inherent opposition between darkness and light.
- n. Some other imaginary being of human form but superhuman size: as, Giant Despair, in Bunyan's “Pilgrim's Progress.”
- n. Figuratively, a person of unusual size or of extraordinary powers, physical or mental.
- Gigantic; of extraordinary size or force, actual or relative: as, “the giant world,” ; a giant intellect.
- n. In gold-mining, a large nozle used to direct the powerful streams employed in hydraulic work. See cut under hydraulic.
- n. A mythical human of very great size
- n. mythology Specifically, any of the Gigantes, the race of giants in the Greek mythology.
- n. A very tall person.
- n. A tall species of a particular animal or plant.
- n. astronomy A star that is considerably more luminous than a main sequence star of the same temperature (eg. red giant, blue giant).
- n. computing An Ethernet packet that exceeds the medium's maximum packet size of 1,518 bytes.
- n. A very large organisation.
- adj. very large
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A man of extraordinari bulk and stature.
- n. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
- n. Any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power.
- adj. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power
- n. a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
- n. someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
- n. a person of exceptional importance and reputation
- n. an unusually large enterprise
- adj. of great mass; huge and bulky
- n. any creature of exceptional size
- n. an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales
- n. a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun)
- From Ancient Greek γίγας (gigas, "giant"), Middle English geant, from Old French geant, gaiant (Modern French géant) from Vulgar Latin *gagās, gagant-, from Latin gigās, gigant-. Cognate to giga- ("1,000,000,000"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French geant, jaiant, from Vulgar Latin *gagās, *gagant-, from Latin gigās, from Greek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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