from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something unusually large of its kind, especially a ship.
- n. A very large animal, especially a whale.
- n. A monstrous sea creature mentioned in the Bible.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Very large; gargantuan.
- n. A large sea monster which guards the gates of hell at the bottom of the sea.
- n. Something large; behemoth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An aquatic animal, described in the book of Job, ch. xli., and mentioned in other passages of Scripture.
- n. The whale, or a great whale.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An aquatic animal mentioned in the Old Testament.
- n. Hence, in modern use Any great or monstrous marine animal, as the whale.
- n. Anything of vast or huge size.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the largest or most massive thing of its kind
- n. monstrous sea creature symbolizing evil in the Old Testament
Middle English, huge biblical sea creature, from Late Latin, from Hebrew liwyātān; see lwy in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew (Biblical and Modern) לִוְיָתָן ("whale"). (Wiktionary)