• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kraken A fabulous Scandinavian sea monster, often represented as resembling an island, but sometimes as resembling an immense octopus. "To believe all that has been said of the sea serpent or kraken , would be credulity; to reject the possibility of their existence, would be presumption.""Like a kraken huge and black."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kraken A mythical sea-monster said to appear at times off the coast of Norway. The popular notion of the kraken dates back at least to the time of pontoppidan (1698-1764), who wrote a description of it. One of the giant squids, as a cephalopod of the genus Architeuthis, might furnish a reasonable basis for the myth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kraken krä′ken a fabled sea-animal of enormous size.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. from OSw. krake, or ODan. krage, the trunk of a tree, the branches of which are not entirely cut off, to which it was likened by the Norwegian mariners
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Kraken dwelt on this savage coast in an inaccessible cavern.
"Penguin Island" by Anatole France
There seems some ground to imagine that the great Kraken of Bishop Pontoppodan may ultimately resolve itself into Squid.
"Moby Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville
They approved of the picturesqueness of three French vessels of war that passed, dragging their kraken shapes low through the level water.
"The March Family Trilogy, Complete" by William Dean Howells
And it was no chimera, no kraken of the abyss.
"The Metal Monster" by A. Merritt
Others whispered that the kraken or some other monster of the deep had devoured them.
"The Thirsty Sword" by Robert Leighton
I couldn't make out a kraken if it was coming across our bows.
"Lippincott's Magazine. Vol. XII, No. 33. December, 1873." by Various
Then, like a kraken huge and black, She crushed our ribs in her iron grasp!
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
A pinch of snuff to the kraken.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
Unless I am in error, it had a pitched battle hereabouts with a kraken.
"Tales of Fantasy and Fact" by Brander Matthews
Then, like a kraken huge and black, She crushed our ribs in her iron grasp!
"Tales of a Wayside Inn" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But have you not traditions of very supernatural things, as the story of the Kraken?
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
This animal is the same as those which mariners call Poulps; which science designates Cephalopterae, and which ancient legends call Krakens.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The room is bright and warm, despite the white kraken of mist that is coiled around the outer walls of the house.
"A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope
The Kraken too, perhaps.
"Wilderness of Spring" by Edgar Pangborn
He had never met with any person who had seen the kraken, and was inclined to think it a fable.
"Mythical Monsters" by Charles Gould

In poetry:

Old Kraken spied with kennelled snarl,
His Lady deemed disgraced.
He footed as on burning marl,
When out of Hall he paced.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
To heaven she vowed herself, and yearned
Beside her lord to lie.
Archduchess Anne on Kraken turned,
All white as a dead eye.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
He rode while omens called, beware
Old Kraken's pledge of faith!
A smile and waving hand in air,
And outward flew the wraith.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Old Kraken roped his white moustache
Right, left, for savage glee:
- To swing him in his soldier's sash
Were kind for such as he!
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
If I could kill thee! shrieked her look:
If lightning sprang from Will!
An oaken head old Kraken shook,
And she might thank or kill.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
She hugged a cloak old Kraken ripped;
Disguise to him he loathed.
- Your mercy, madam, shows you stripped,
While mine will keep you clothed.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith

In news:

Release 'The Kraken ': Jersey City 'klepto' cat appears on Animal Planet's Bad Dog.
" Kraken " sea monster emerges from mythological mists.
Lair of Ancient ' Kraken ' Sea Monster Possibly Discovered.
This 'Clash' never gets Kraken .
Kraken Spawns a Clash of the Titans.
' Release possible evidence of the Kraken.
"Kraken" sea monster emerges from mythological mists.
Hy2rogen Release The Kraken (Original Mix).
Lair of Ancient 'Kraken' Sea Monster Possibly Discovered.
With his locker next to Hardy 's, Fua has a front-row seat every Sunday when Hardy becomes the Kraken, a mythological sea monster of giant proportions.
China Miéville imagines a cornucopia of bizarre London underground activity in Kraken.
Lair of Ancient 'Kraken' Sea Monster Possibly Discovered.
The 2012 legislative session, which will be unleashed on the public March 12 like a political kraken, is brimming with new personalities thanks to the 2011 election cycle.
The 2012 legislative session , which will be unleashed on the public March 12 like a political kraken, is brimming with new personalities thanks to the 2011 election cycle.
Travel Channel series to feature SeaWorld's Manta, Kraken roller coasters.

In science:

Rev. B 80, 094524 (2009). H.-H. Klauss, H. Luetkens, R. Klingeler, C. Hess, F. J. Litterst, M. Kraken, M. M. Korshunov, I.
Interplay of composition, structure, magnetism, and superconductivity in SmFeAs1-xPxO1-y
For example, we have run our MPI+OpenMP code on a Cray XT5 computer called Kraken, which consists of 9408 or more nodes, each of which has two six-core processors.
Neutron Star Crust and Molecular Dynamics Simulation
Runs using 768 cores of Kraken obtain almost linear speedup on the 55296-ion runs, and only slightly worse on 27648-ion runs.
Neutron Star Crust and Molecular Dynamics Simulation
Calculations used Kraken System (account number TG-DMR110034) of the National Institute for Computational Science, The University of Tennessee.
Effect of C$_{60}$ giant resonance on the photoabsorption of encaged atoms