colossal

Definitions

  • the Colossal Statue of King Sovkhotpu in The Louvre
    the Colossal Statue of King Sovkhotpu in The Louvre
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj colossal so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe "colossal crumbling ruins of an ancient temple","has a colossal nerve","a prodigious storm","a stupendous field of grass","stupendous demand"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Coliseum received its name not for its size, but for a colossal statue of Nero that stood close by, placed there after the destruction of his palace.
    • Colossal (Sculpture & Painting) Of a size larger than heroic. See Heroic.
    • Colossal Of enormous size; gigantic; huge; as, a colossal statue. "A colossal stride."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • colossal Like a colossus; of extraordinary size; huge; gigantic.
    • colossal Synonyms Immense, enormous, prodigious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Colossal like a colossus: gigantic
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Quotations

  • Carl Sandburg
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    “The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. colossal, L. colosseus,. See Colossus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. kolossos.

Usage

In literature:

There is also a fine colossal priest, and the war sculptures are of the deepest interest.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
Yonder, overlooking New York harbour, stands the colossal statue of Liberty, a female figure holding a torch in her right hand.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
He was ushered in through the portal guarded by the colossal lions or bulls of white alabaster.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3)" by Shearjashub Spooner
Amongst them there was one colossal form, on which the sun poured with its full radiance.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
There loomed, at thirty feet away, colossal beasts bestridden by giants.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The expenses of the war were colossal.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
One afternoon there arrived a venerable dowager in a gorgeous canary-coloured chariot, attended by her two colossal footmen.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
These are the Rocky Mountains, the American Andes, the colossal vertebras of the continent!
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He looked like a colossal angry cat, and was at least as terrifying as Gambardella.
"Stradella" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
Now I saw myself as one who stood with folded arms fronting a breach in a colossal wall.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Following close behind, still more planes dropped cargoes of fuel to feed the colossal bonfire.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
That is to say he left us that colossal sum.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
One has been observed for over a quarter of a century, and appears to be almost immobile upon this colossal globe.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
Their success was colossal.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Some of their figures were colossal, but the greater number were statuettes.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
It has been a colossal struggle against almost overwhelming odds.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
For it is matter of wonder that some more colossal vulgarian has not stuck up a sign a mile long on the Palisades.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
The spurs used in Peru are of colossal magnitude.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Beetles are chiefly mystic and colossal.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
The New England colonies were carved out into a few colossal private estates.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
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In poetry:

No longer caring to embalm
In dying songs a dead regret,
But like a statue solid-set,
And moulded in colossal calm.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 131" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
No longer caring to embalm
In dying songs a dead regret,
But like a statue solid-set,
And moulded in colossal calm.
"In Memoriam 131: O Living Will That Shalt Endure" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Yon--keenest spirits pierce beyond the land
Of seeming and of death. The heart hath ease,
And one would say that Mildness held the keys
Of the colossal silence in her hand.
"The Rope-Maker" by Emile Verhaeren
So He, in his colossal lines, astride
From sea to river-side,
Alhandra past Aruda to the Towers,
Our one true man of men
Frown'd back bold France and all the Imperial powers.
"Torres Vedras" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Rho. I tell thee (brazen Colosse) marble statue,
Whose heart loves darts could never penetrate;
Love is the Prince of all affections,
And like the element of fire transcends
His brothers in activity and splendour.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act I" by Ralph Knevet
Within the House of Mammon low thunder of loud pray’rs
Rolls from the burdened pavement and coiled, colossal stairs—
Petition and obeisance, when each makes known his need,
Begging the flamens hearken, begging the largess speed.
"The Common Cult" by George Sterling

In news:

Colossal collapse for USA in Ryder Cup.
Braves complete colossal collapse, lose to Phils.
Colossal statue in Puerto Rico could find new home.
Grover Norquist's Pledge Is a Colossal Failure.
He made a colossal impression when he was introduced to local reporters.
It's not merely a matter of its colossal size, it's the nature of the beast that consumes Warrensburg for an extended weekend each autumn.
13in COLOSSAL donut from St George's Donuts .
NEW YORK — A colossal international effort has yielded the first comprehensive look at how our DNA works, an encyclopedia of information that will rewrite the textbooks and offer new insights into the biology of disease.
The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief marked a historic night in music, not only due to its lineup of music legends but also unique collaborations between artists over the course of the colossal six-hour concert.
About 3,000 people visited the Newark Museum's Dinosaur Day last year, a testament to the enduring childhood fascination with the extinct world of colossal reptiles.
COLOSSAL animals and superheroes float over the sidewalk.
To many diners, "steakhouse" means expensive prime steaks and colossal lobster tails, linen-covered tables and squadrons of hustling servers.
It's hard to overstate the colossal challenge of digesting, verifying, and then presenting 92,000 classified documents.
"This president — this administration — has either been guilty of colossal incompetence or been engaged in a coverup, neither of which is acceptable to the American people," McCain said on the Senate floor today.
A friend just sent me this video from Colossal, and it has apparently been making the viral rounds.
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In science:

The phase diagram of colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) perovskite manganites, as well as many strongly correlated electron systems, is multicritical, involving competing spin, charge/orbital, and lattice orders[1, 2].
Colossal magnetoresistance without phase separation: Disorder-induced spin glass state and nanometer scale orbital-charge correlation in half doped manganites
The analysis of exchange parameters for different classes of magnetic materials such as dilute magnetic semiconductors42 , molecular magnets43 , colossal magnetoresistance perovskites44 , transition metal alloys45 , hard magnetic materials such as PtCo46 gives a useful information for magnetic simulations.
Electronic Structure and Magnetic Properties of Solids
Dilution effect in orbital ordered state was also examined experimentally in a mother compound of the colossal magnetoresisitive manganites, LaMnO3 .
Dilution effect in correlated electron system with orbital degeneracy
To this colossal 490 page book, Fred contributed two articles with a total page length of 192 pages.
The work of Fred Cohen
Many intriguing topics related to the electronic inhomogeneity have been studied intensively, such as granular superconductivity in cuprates , colossal magneto-resistance (CMR) in manganites , and relaxor response in dielectric compounds .
Electronic phase separation in the pyrochlore double-exchange model
Its colossal survey of more than a thousand million suns will provide a defining census of around one per cent of our Galaxy’s entire stellar population, pin-pointing them in space right across its vast expanses.
Hipparcos: a Retrospective
To deeply explore this new face of the cosmos EECR facilities need to observe the full sky and must reach colossal exposures, O(106 km2 sr yr).
Summary Report of JEM-EUSO Workshop at KICP in Chicago
Multiferroicity and colossal magneto-capacitance in Cr-thiospinels.
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
The relevance of magnetic scattering at the interface in perovskite manganites can also be inferred by comparing with transport in related materials which exhibit colossal magnetoresistance .
Spin flip scattering in magnetic junctions
Abstract Critical phenomena of ferromagnetic transition in colossal magnetoresistance manganites are theoretically studied.
Critical Exponents for the Ferromagnetism in Colossal Magnetoresistance Manganites
Ferromagnetic transition in doped manganese oxides has revived interests since rediscovery of colossal magnetoresistance phenomena. [1, 2] Recent refinement of experimental technique and improvement of sample quality make it possible to discuss critical phenomena of this transition in detail.
Critical Exponents for the Ferromagnetism in Colossal Magnetoresistance Manganites
Particularly, for the purpose of capturing intrinsic physics in these materials and promoting a better understanding of the colossal magnetoresistance phenomena, the critical exponents and the universality class have been investigated by various experimental methods.
Critical Exponents for the Ferromagnetism in Colossal Magnetoresistance Manganites
I pay special attention to the ’colossal’ magnetoresistance (CMR) materials, whose properties seem to indicate a qualitatively new mechanism for sensitivity of properties to perturbations.
Towards a Classification of the Effects of Disorder on Materials Properties
The recent extensive study of the ’colossal’ magnetoresistance’ (CMR) materials has revealed that the eponymous CMR is but one manifestation of a greatly enhanced sensitivity of properties to perturbations, whose origins involve both a sort of frustration and proximity to a first order phase transition.
Towards a Classification of the Effects of Disorder on Materials Properties
Jin and coworkers21 showed that in appropriatedly designed materials the magnetoresistance (dependence of resistivity on magnetic field) could be made extremely large (’colossal’).
Towards a Classification of the Effects of Disorder on Materials Properties
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