colossus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n colossus a person of exceptional importance and reputation
    • n colossus someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The seven wonders of the ancient world werethe Egyptian Pyramids at Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Colossus of Rhodes or huge bronze statue near the Harbor of Rhodes that honored the sun god Helios, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Lighthouse at Alexandria
    • Colossus A statue of gigantic size. The name was especially applied to certain famous statues in antiquity, as the Colossus of Nero in Rome, the Colossus of Apollo at Rhodes. "He doth bestride the narrow world
      Like a colossus ."
    • Colossus Any man or beast of gigantic size.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n colossus A statue of gigantic size; specifically (usually with a capital), the bronze statue of Apollo at Rhodes, which is said to have been 70 cubits high, and was reckoned among the seven wonders of the world. According to the popular fable, it stood astride the mouth of the port, so that ships sailed between its legs; but in fact it stood on one side of the entrance of the port. It was overthrown by an earthquake in 224 b. c., after standing about fifty-six years, and its fragments lay where they fell for nearly a thousand years.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Colossus kol-os′us a gigantic statue, esp. that of Apollo astride the entrance of the harbour of Rhodes
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. kolossos.

Usage

In literature:

It is a colossus of the forest, and belongs to the nettle family.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
That was in the offices of the Muller Construction Company, the builders of the Colossus.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Fetch him along, Colossus.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
The colossus was at last beginning to feel at home in his new surroundings.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
What was she doing with this Christian Colossus?
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Flattering remarks were showered on this colossus from all sides.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
To this period belongs the story of Red Hector and the Irish colossus, Phadrig Mor.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Wilson stared soberly at this school, at the colossus he had helped to create.
"There Will Be School Tomorrow" by V. E. Thiessen
Alexandra, Dreadnought, Colossus, Thunderer, and Phaeton, and torpedo boats 99, 100, 101, and 108.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
I knew not what to do with this colossus.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
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In poetry:

To fill a new Colossus-mould.
When tireless unbelief hath sent;
Thy truest Image to the cold
Pure mountain-tops of banishment,
"The Magi To The Star" by Mary Hannay Foott
Candles swam. It seemed that the Colossus'
Blood grew cold; upon his lips was spreading
The blue shadow smile of the Sahara.
With the turning tide the night was waning.
"1918" by Boris Pasternak
Oh, when cometh my turn to succumb like my prey,
May brave men my body snatch away from th' array
Of the crows--may they heap on the rocks till they loom
Like a mountain, befitting a colossus' tomb!
"The Giant In Glee" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

Colossus, on the building of the Hoover Dam , by Michael Hiltzik.
Michael Hiltzik discusses his new book 'Colossus.
The colossus dominates the landscape and casts a lengthy shadow.
The Saxophone Colossus known as Sonny Rollins blew away an audience of jazz fans on a sweltering first night of the Detroit Jazz Festival 2012.
Now researchers at CERN, the world's main particle-physics laboratory, report that their neutrinos appear to confound what is, if anything, an even bigger theoretical colossus: Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity.
Former museum worker Esther Trosow thinks the Packard Foundation has too much sway over the historical "mvsevm," as her partner Snick Farkas refers to it in his Colossus of Gold cartoons.
PARIS — French fashion colossus LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) is adding another jewel to its crown.
Text by Bob Blumenthal, Photos by John Abbott Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins.
The first thing one notices about Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins is, of course, the cover.
What were some of the models, literary or otherwise, for your book in 13 parts, The Colossus of New York.
Sears is associated with Chicago, where the company grew into a colossus.
His interest led to the 14-year project that saw the re-creation of the pioneering Colossus computer.
During wartime, Colossus gave the Allies an insight into the communications of the German high command.
Kirk Whalum re- imagines sax colossus' music.
In 1903, sixteen years after Emma Lazarus 's death, a plaque with her poem "The New Colossus" was mounted onto the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
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