enormous

Definitions

  • Immediately a genie of enormous size rose out of the earth
    Immediately a genie of enormous size rose out of the earth
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj enormous extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree; that a whole civilization should be dependent on technology"- Walter Lippman "an enormous boulder","enormous expenses","tremendous sweeping plains","a tremendous fact in human experience","a plane took off with a tremendous noise"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent
Other Blue Children unfolded maps and plans, or brought enormous flowers Other Blue Children unfolded maps and plans, or brought enormous flowers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first time an enormous amount of clothing was needed all at once was during the Civil War, when the Union needed hundreds of thousands of uniforms for its troops. Out of this need came the ready-made clothing industry.
    • Enormous Exceeding the usual rule, norm, or measure; out of due proportion; inordinate; abnormal. "Enormous bliss.""This enormous state.""The hoop's enormous size.""Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait."
    • Enormous Exceedingly wicked; outrageous; atrocious; monstrous; as, an enormous crime. "That detestable profession of a life so enormous ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • enormous Deviating from or transgressing the usual measure or rule; abnormal.
    • enormous Spreading or extending beyond certain limits; redundant.
    • enormous Greatly surpassing the common measure; exceeding the usual size: as, enormous debts; a man of enormous size.
    • enormous Extremely wicked; uncommonly atrocious: as, enormous crime or guilt.
    • enormous Disordered; perverse.
    • enormous Synonyms Enormous, Immense, Excessive, huge, vast, monstrous, prodigious, gigantic, immoderate, unwieldy. The first three words agree in expressing greatness, and the first two vastness; anything, however small, is excessive if for some special reason too great in amount. Literally, enormous is out of rule, out of proportion; immense, unmeasured, immeasurable; excessive, going beyond bounds, surpassing what is fit, right, tolerable, etc. Enormous is peculiarly applicable to magnitude, primarily physical, but also moral: as, enormous egotism; immense, to extent, quantity, and number: as, an immense national debt; immense folly; excessive, to degree: as, an excessive dose; an excessive opinion of one's own merits.
    • enormous Villainous, Abominable, etc. (see nefarious); heinous, atrocious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Enormous e-nor′mus excessive: immense: atrocious—(obs.) Enorm′
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Quotations

  • Oscar Levant
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    “Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.”
  • Aleister Crowley
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    “The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
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    “An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.”
  • Michael J. Mccarthy
    Michael J. Mccarthy
    “The capabilities of the human mind are enormous. There is usually no inherent reason you cannot accomplish whatever goal you set for yourself.”
  • Louis-Ferdinand Celine
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    “The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don't go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It's always so.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. enormis, enormous, out of rule; e, out + norma, rule: cf. F. énorme,. See Normal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. enormise, out of, norma, rule.

Usage

In literature:

He collected an enormous sum of money to provide for the prince.
"Tales of Giants from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
The United States possesses coal fields of enormous extent and richness.
"Monopolies and the People" by Charles Whiting Baker
He knew nothing save that he was enormously tired and he went to the hotel and crawled wearily into bed.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
There was enormous thunder, enormous drifting murk.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Enormous riches in solid gold, silver and jewellery are stored in the monastery and are daily increased by devout gifts.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Geese and ducks, too, were in enormous flocks.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
I thought that I was dancing a waltz with an enormously tall woman.
"A Master of Mysteries" by L. T. Meade
He had an enormous practice, in which he was eminently successful.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Enormities and preposterousnesses will march.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
Its yearly development was enormous.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
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In poetry:

Here where the surf has come incredible ways out of the splendid
west, over the deeps
Light nor life sounds forever; here where enormous sundowns
flower and burn through color to quietness;
"Meditation On Saviors" by Robinson Jeffers
And the age ended, and the last deliverer died.
In bed, grown idle and unhappy; they were safe:
The sudden shadow of the giant's enormous calf
Would fall no more at dusk across the lawn outside.
"In the Time of War, XII" by W H Auden
This tiny son of life; this spright,
By momentary Human sought,
Plume will his wing in the dappling light,
Clash timbrel shrill and gay —
And into time's enormous nought,
Sweet-fed, will flit away.
"The Titmouse" by Walter de la Mare
Foes I sniff, when I have less to shout
or murmur. Pals alone enormous sounds
downward & up bring real.
Loss, deaths, terror. Over & out,
beloved: thanks for cabbage on my wounds:
I'll feed you how I feel:—
"Dream Song 120: Foes I sniff, when I have less to shout" by John Berryman
"I would not steal a penny, for my income's very fair -
I do not want a penny - I have pennies and to spare -
And if I stole a penny from a money-bag or till,
The sin would be enormous - the temptation being NIL.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And one from his high window, looking down,
Peers at the cloud-white town,
And thinks its island towers are like a dream . . .
It seems an enormous sleeper, within whose brain
Laborious shadows revolve and break and gleam.
"The House Of Dust: Part 01: 08: " by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Anger over enormous executive compensation has been rising for years.
Expect mischief with inflated garbage bags, juggling suitcases, enormous rubber balloons and audience participation in this raucous and silly European clown show created by a husband-and-wife circus team.
A vigorous man with movie-star looks who avidly rides horses, sails and pilots his own plane, he is willing to take enormous risks to improve the quality of his wines.
Looking out over the enormous dining room, it seems the blue-and-white-checkered tablecloths go on forever.
We're here to talk about the enormous topic of autobiography in contemporary poetry, as part of Slate 's "Memoir Week".
Beckham is coming to America to lend his enormous global brand power to pro soccer, to underscore that the game has arrived here, and to help the former colonists grasp the gravity of the sport.
Enormous stellar nursery spans about 100 light-years from wingtip to wingtip.
Millions of young stars shine brightly in this enormous stellar nursery at the heart of the Tarantula Nebula .
The fiscal crisis in Europe has awoken Americans to the enormous challenge we face from entitlements.
Wagner's four-opera, 15-hour, The Ring of the Nibelung , is an enormous undertaking, no matter when you do it or where.
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility workers reached a milestone last month, successfully installing enormous protrusions to USS Nimitz .
London's Shard: architectural marvel or enormous salt shaker .
The enormous cloud, known as a haboob.
Saturn's largest ring appears to behave like a mini spiral galaxy NASA's Cassini spacecraft caught enormous waves sloshing back and forth across Saturn's B ring, similar to waves believed to give galaxies their spiral shapes.
If so, the black hole could fling them out into space at enormous speeds that, from our vantage point, could appear to approach the speed of light .
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In science:

However, symmetry breaking provided by such a simple term is inadequate because of other reasons (for example, non scalar states in this simplest formulation would acquire enormous masses).
Algebraic Approach to the Duality Symmetry
In the thermodynamic limit, q should be self-averaging, therefore the variations in λmin become small and our observation merely indicates the enormous finite-size corrections still present at our accessible system sizes.
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses
Despite these advances, however, there are still enormous technical challenges for the theory.
String Field Theory
They then grow enormously and pair with their opposite number across the lower dividing plane and induce velocity opposite to that from the primary vorticity.
Computational Euler History
It is thus an essay on the enormous strength of closure of the domain under finite unions, and, more generally, on the importance of domain closure conditions.
Domain closure conditions and definability preservation
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