gargantuan

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj gargantuan of great mass; huge and bulky "a jumbo jet","jumbo shrimp"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Gargantuan Characteristic of Gargantua, a gigantic, wonderful personage; enormous; prodigious; inordinate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gargantuan Pertaining to or characteristic of Gargantua (see etymology); hence, great beyond credibility; enormous; prodigious; Brobdingnagian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gargantuan gär-gan′tū-an like Gargantua—i.e. enormous, prodigious
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Gargantua, an allegorical hero of Rabelais
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Gargantua, the hero of Rabelais, described as a giant of vast appetite.

Usage

In literature:

From far away to the left he could hear faint sounds of some gargantuan stirring.
"The Planetoid of Peril" by Paul Ernst
He pointed toward one of the gargantuan work benches, and two of the Rogans slid down from it a contrivance that looked familiar to Dex.
"The Red Hell of Jupiter" by Paul Ernst
With all its dozens of tons of weight, it jerked in a gargantuan death agony.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
But that which has most puzzled and shocked readers are the specially Gargantuan passages relating to eating and drinking.
"Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860" by George Saintsbury
It sounds Gargantuan: it cost three francs a head.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Housewives dreaded him, for his appetite was Gargantuan.
"A Little Garrison" by Fritz von der Kyrburg
The job is a gargantuan one, but ultimately quite possible.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Even as he lowered his head a gargantuan blast shook the world below him.
"The Buttoned Sky" by Geoff St. Reynard
Rhythm, a sense of purpose, a strange pattern, an incredible gargantuan grace.
"Accidental Flight" by Floyd L. Wallace
A long spiked tail, like that of a gargantuan scorpion, trailed out behind.
"Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard
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In news:

BANGKOK – Oil prices fell Monday as a gargantuan storm headed to the heavily populated US East Coast.
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span project should reach another milestone Monday (May 7), as crews wrap up the gargantuan task of compacting the structure's record-setting SAS main cable.
Whizzing by on I-40, or stopping only to attempt that infamous, gargantuan steak dinner.
Gargantuan black hole baffles scientists.
Total federal student loan debt (which is only part of the short-circuiting student loan system) shot up $42 billion to hit a "gargantuan" $956 billion.
INTERVIEWS Hear Carnage 's Gargantuan Rattletrap Single 'Bang.'.
The secret to Cruise 's success might be a balancing act: he packs gargantuan clout and a desire for big, bad action stunts, but he's also drawn to everymen.
While no one in Georgia won the $550 million dollar jackpot, several players and students did win big from the gargantuan jackpot.
Arguably, the only thing that's kept Newt Gingrich in the running this long (besides a gargantuan heap of grandiosity) is Sheldon Adelson's money.
This year's Grammy Award nominees in the classical music categories feature a typically diverse mix of recordings, ranging from gargantuan undertakings such as the Metropolitan Opera 's production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle.
Our top picks for PICA's gargantuan Time-Based Art Festival.
Visit the largest privately owned island in the Caribbean and learn to sail, scuba, and sport fish among gargantuan stingrays and ambivalent sharks.
A gargantuan iPod Touch billboard disappeared from its scaffolding in Boston this week.
The gargantuan flower arrangement he sent.
Pro surfer Garrett McNamara recently set a world record for the largest wave ever surfed after catching a gargantuan 78-footer off the coast of Portugal.
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In science:

To attempt to summarize or synthesize this literature, even with a focus on the theory of the mechanism, would be a gargantuan undertaking.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
These gargantuan energy losses command our attention for there appear to be only two ways to interpret them, and both have significant cosmological implications.
The Genuine Cosmic Rosetta
The gargantuan fluxes and low interaction rates o f SN neutrinos, makes them ideal candidates to probe neutrino mixing properties and study the extreme conditions in the depths of a star.
Physics and Astrophysics Opportunities with Supernova Neutrinos
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