fantastic

Definitions

  • FANTASTIC FORMS
    FANTASTIC FORMS
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fantastic ludicrously odd "Hamlet's assumed antic disposition","fantastic Halloween costumes","a grotesque reflection in the mirror"
    • adj fantastic extraordinarily good or great; used especially as intensifiers "a fantastic trip to the Orient","the film was fantastic!","a howling success","a marvelous collection of rare books","had a rattling conversation about politics","a tremendous achievement"
    • adj fantastic extravagantly fanciful in design, construction, appearance "Gaudi's fantastic architecture"
    • adj fantastic existing in fancy only "fantastic figures with bulbous heads the circumference of a bushel"- Nathaniel Hawthorne"
    • adj fantastic fanciful and unrealistic; foolish "a fantastic idea of his own importance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fantastic A person given to fantastic dress, manners, etc.; an eccentric person; a fop. "Our fantastics , who, having a fine watch, take all ocasions to draw it out to be seen."
    • Fantastic Existing only in imagination; fanciful; imaginary; not real; chimerical.
    • Fantastic Having the nature of a phantom; unreal.
    • Fantastic Indulging the vagaries of imagination; whimsical; full of absurd fancies; capricious; as, fantastic minds; a fantastic mistress.
    • Fantastic Resembling fantasies in irregularity, caprice, or eccentricity; irregular; oddly shaped; grotesque. "There at the foot of yonder nodding beech,
      That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fantastic Of the nature of a phantom or fantasy; produced or existing only in imagination; imaginary; not real.
    • fantastic Due to fantasy or whim; arising from or caused by caprice; groundless; illusive.
    • fantastic Morbidly or grotesquely fanciful; manifesting a disordered imagination; chimerical.
    • fantastic Suggestive of fantasies through oddness of figure, action, or appearance, or through an air of unreality; whimsically formed or shaped; grotesque.
    • fantastic Controlled by fantasy; indulging the vagaries of imagination; capricious: as, fantastic minds; a fantastic mistress.
    • fantastic Synonyms Grotesque, etc. (see fanciful); odd, qneer, strange, freakish, quaint.
    • n fantastic One who acts fantastically or ridiculously; a grotesque. Sometimes used in the plural of a company of persons grotesquely dressed, and acting or parading in a ludicrous way, for amusement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fantastic one who is fantastical
    • adjs Fantastic fanciful: not real: capricious: whimsical: wild
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Quotations

  • Earl Warren
    Earl Warren
    “The fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a greater danger to the privacy of the individual.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Fashion, by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment the universal.”
  • Sir Edmund Hillary
    Sir Edmund Hillary
    “You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things -- to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”
  • James Joyce
    James%20Joyce
    “Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous%20Huxley
    “Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.”
  • Lazarus Long
    Lazarus Long
    “No storyteller has ever been able to dream up anything as fantastically unlikely as what really does happen in this mad Universe.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fantastique, fr. Gr. able to represent, fr. to make visible. See Fancy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—Low L. phantasticus—Gr. phantastikos, phantazein, to make visible. Fancy is a doublet.

Usage

In literature:

But the magic of phrase and sound is powerful, and it takes one into a fantastic world.
"Contemporary American Literature" by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
It had all seemed a fantastic dream, but he had only to look around him to know that it was reality.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
You may pursue fantastic legends, you will not find the man himself again.
"Avril" by H. Belloc
This may be either into fantastic groupings divorced from reality, or into new, possible, rational groupings not yet experienced.
"Applied Psychology for Nurses" by Mary F. Porter
But the fantastic illusion never lasted more than a minute.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Every chalet is a miracle of fantastic curves, built by the heavy hanging snow.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Fantastic figure in the blue lit gloom!
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
This had all taken on some of the fantastic aura of a dream.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
British pilots daily brought home from over the lines new reports of fantastic creations encountered amid the clouds.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
We've got to work to-night; and it wont do to go into your fantastics.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, January 1844" by Various
It was a wild place; the rocks rose to a sheer height of two or three hundred feet above our heads, broken into a variety of fantastic forms.
"In the Rocky Mountains" by W. H. G. Kingston
But it is not this physical and fantastic purity which I should chiefly count among the legacies of the old Irish morality.
"George Bernard Shaw" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
The ladies of that period were not less fantastical.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
All this were mere fantastic speculation if it lacked touch with direct experience.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
One refrain ran through every waking hour and troubled his sleep with fantastic dreams.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
The most fantastic prophecies were indulged in.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
A mass of gray-white, fantastically piled clouds whirled up from the eastern horizon to meet the vast blank sullen sheet overhead.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
For there was a fantastic, curiously alluring influence in all this.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
No, no ... it was fantastic, out of the question.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
What are you doing in this fantastic shop?
"The King of Alsander" by James Elroy Flecker
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In poetry:

She at my door till dawn shall stand,
With Gothic eyes, that, dark and deep,
Are mirrors of a mystic land,
Fantastic with the towns of sleep.
"Quiet" by Madison Julius Cawein
I know the spring with bud and bell;
The hush in summer woods at night;
Autumn, when trees let in more light;
Fantastic winter's lovely spell.
"I Know What Beauty Is" by George MacDonald
Where, with the rock's wood cover'd side,
Were blended late the ruins green,
Rise turrets in fantastic pride,
And feudal banners flaunt between:
"Cadyow Castle" by Sir Walter Scott
The gnarled and braided boughs that show
Their dim forms in the forest shade,
Like wrestling serpents seem, and throw
Fantastic horrors through the glade.
"Lake Superior" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
And yet they told him nothing. So he sought
The twittering forest at the break of day,
Or on fantastic mountains shaped a thought
As lofty and impenitent as they.
"My Friend" by James Elroy Flecker
The robe around his frozen body flung
Was dazzling snow, in folds fantastic hung;
A crown of icicles bedeck'd his brow;
His form throughout transparently did show.
"Frost" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Part alternative and part indie rock, Nevada quartet Imagine Dragons are full part fantastic on their full-length debut "Night Visions".
Real-Life Weddings: Fantastic Fuschia .
Five more fantastic videos and another miracle on the Sea of Galilee .
But Regis Philbin, 76, is just preparing to reinhabit the you-look-fantastic red carpet roost he ruled back in the 1970s.
Filming love scenes is 'fantastic'.
This is a fantastic opportunity to see the beauty of the city at Christmastime as we walk the Christkindlmart and see the heartwarming tale of the Christmas Schooner.
Sleep is the price we pay for such a fantastic learning instrument as the brain.
Maurice is a four-month-old kitten up for adoption at the Tri-County Humane Society and his black markings on a white coat are fantastic.
I figure the basic fantastic nature of the genre cuts its films some slack.
Starting on Wednesday evening, the Isanti County Fair Moto-Cross will be providing plenty of thrills in the grandstand promising a fantastic show.
It's easy to get snap happy with the Diana F+ camera, the plastic (and fantastic) updated version of the '60s classic model.
Raymond Botelho nears the finish line as he wins Sunday's Fantastic Nantasket Triathlon.
Fantastic News for Sufferers of Incontinence .
After one half of the season, the Inkster is on the way to another fantastic season.
'Wolf': The fantastic true-life story of Jack London .
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In science:

This fantastic heuristic can be made precise and led to a solution of the long-standing conjecture relating lengths of increasing subsequences of permutations to eigenvalues of random matrices.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
The first-named author also thanks the Institut de Math´ematiques de l’Universit´e de Lausanne for its kind hospitality and fantastic views of the Alps.
Finite simple groups and localization
Therefore, assuming a typical particle scale for ˜GN , say the Fermi constant GF , would require density fluctuations propagating at the fantastically high speed cs ∼ 4·1016 c.
A connection between gravity and the Higgs field
At first glance, the existence of the field redefinition (6.7) that turns the action (5.12) into (6.8), looks absolutely fantastic and unpredictable.
On the component structure of N = 1 supersymmetric nonlinear electrodynamics
The numbers get fantastically large. A ten (classical) bit register can be in any one of 210 different states. A ten qubit register can be in superposition of all of those 210 states at once, with any proportion you like of each state.
A random walk approach to quantum algorithms
Several technological ingredients contributed to reach the fantastic performances of the LEP1 program summarized in Fig. 1.
Precision Physics at LEP
A radio pulsar with a black-hole companion would undoubtably also be a fantastic laboratory for studying gravity in the strong-field regime.
Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
Among the branches of classical physics, thermodynamics and statistical physics should be the most fantastic ones, which have attracted so many great minds to devote their lives and energy to investigating every topic in these fields.
Measuring the Entropy and Testing the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Stars only a few light-days away from the source move at fantastic speeds, in excess of 1000 km s−1 .
Supermassive Black Holes
As we now show, if w < −1 persists, then the fate of the Universe is quite fantastic and completely different than the possibilities previously discussed.
Phantom Energy and Cosmic Doomsday
Correspondingly, intensity J of the laser beam will then reach the fantastic value of J ≥ 1032 W/cm2 , which can hardly be achieved because of the electron-positron pair production from vacuum by the external electric field (the so-called Schwinger effect ).
Comment on the paper "Semiclassical Dirac Theory of Tunnel Ionization" (by N.Milosevic, V.P.Krainov, and T.Brabec)
It is a pleasure to thank Adel Bilal for the fantastic collaboration over the last years.
Supersymmetric Gauge Theories from String Theory
Let us also mention the new fantastic idea of grains of mirror matter embedded in the ordinary matter due to the interaction caused by mixing of ordinary and mirror photons [114, 118, 121].
Mirror particles and mirror matter: 50 years of speculation and search
Analysis of birefringence data from cosmological sources has placed stringent limits on 10 of these, while optical and microwave cavity resonators have placed limits on the remaining ones.5 Cosmological birefringence tests are based on distant processes producing the radiation, but offer fantastic sensitivities.
The Standard-Model Extension and Tests of Relativity
The phase space volume available to the system for times t > ta is then fantastically enlargedc compared to what it was initially, roughly by a factor of 2N .
From Time-symmetric Microscopic Dynamics to Time-asymmetric Macroscopic Behavior: An Overview
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