• WordNet 3.6
    • n monster (medicine) a grossly malformed and usually nonviable fetus
    • n monster an imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts
    • n monster a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
    • n monster someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
    • n monster a cruel wicked and inhuman person
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He cut both the monster's legs just below the garter He cut both the monster's legs just below the garter
The monster was battering down the door of the synagogue The monster was battering down the door of the synagogue
The Gila monster The Gila monster
Jane is surrounded by imaginary ghosts and monsters Jane is surrounded by imaginary ghosts and monsters
The king on his dragon fights his way through the monsters to the queen and Muffette The king on his dragon fights his way through the monsters to the queen and Muffette
Hercules fights the half-monster Cacus Hercules fights the half-monster Cacus

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is against the law for a monster to enter the corporate limits of Urbana, Illinois.
    • Monster Any thing or person of unnatural or excessive ugliness, deformity, wickedness, or cruelty.
    • Monster Enormous or very powerful.
    • Monster Monstrous in size.
    • Monster Something of unnatural size, shape, or quality; a prodigy; an enormity; a marvel. "A monster or marvel."
    • Monster Specifically , an animal or plant departing greatly from the usual type, as by having too many limbs.
    • v. t Monster To make monstrous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first written account of the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, was made in 565AD.
    • n monster Anything extraordinary, supernatural, or wonderful; a thing to be wondered at; a prodigy.
    • n monster A fabulous animal of grotesque or chimerical figure and often of huge size, compounded of human and brute shape, or of the shapes of various brutes, as the sagittary, centaur, sphinx, mermaid, minotaur, griffin, manticore, etc.
    • n monster Any very large animal; anything unusually large of its kind.
    • n monster An animal or a plant of abnormal form or structure; any living monstrosity. The deviation consists sometimes in an excess, sometimes in a deficiency, of certain organs or parts; sometimes in a general or particular malformation, and sometimes in the presence of organs or parts not belonging to the sex or species. The body of scientific doctrine or knowledge of such creatures is known as teratology.
    • n monster A person regarded with horror because of his moral deformity, or his propensity to commit revolting or unnatural crimes.
    • n monster Something unnatural and horrible.
    • n monster An example: a pattern.
    • monster Of inordinate size or numbers: as, a monster gun; a monster meeting.
    • monster To exhibit; show; muster. See muster.
    • monster To make monstrous; exaggerate or magnify extravagantly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The gila monster is the only poisonous lizard in the United States.
    • n Monster mon′stėr anything out of the usual course of nature: a prodigy, or fabulous animal: anything unusually large: anything horrible from ugliness or wickedness
    • adj Monster unusually large, huge
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  • Victor Hugo
    “Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “What monster have we here? A great Deed at this hour of day? A great just deed -- and not for pay? Absurd -- or insincere?”
  • John Oliver Hobbes
    John Oliver Hobbes
    “Men heap together the mistakes of their lives, and create a monster they call Destiny.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Time hath a wallet at his back, wherein he puts. Alms for oblivion, a great-sized monster of ingratitudes.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
  • Horace Mann
    “Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.”


Green-eyed monster - The green-eyed monster is an allegorical phrase for somebody's strong jealousy


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. monstre, F. monstre, fr. L. monstrum, orig., a divine omen, indicating misfortune; akin of monstrare, to show, point out, indicate, and monere, to warn. See Monition, and cf. Demonstrate Muster


In literature:

He fancied he could feel the breath of the monster blowing upon his back.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The Sea Monster, of course!
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
What monster could it be that was giving so much trouble?
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
It was occupied by a monster so incredible that the report would receive no attention from me did I not know Mr. Thurston personally.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
What a monster a greyhound would appear with the head of a mastiff!
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Out of a far shadow leaped a lean and hideous monster.
"The Heads of Apex" by Francis Flagg
The monster came from that and carried the doctor back there.
"The Pygmy Planet" by John Stewart Williamson
The Nares Sea lay like some black monster asleep, and slowly, heavily panting.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
He was a monster and fresh run from the outside sea.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
The man was more terrified than ever when he saw the huge monster loose.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
A monster with the face of an angel!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
And here, too, lay the Trap-Door City of the monster spiders!
"Loot of the Void" by Edwin K. Sloat
Like a flash she turned and faced the monster.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
He was still playing with the monster.
"Sorry: Wrong Dimension" by Ross Rocklynne
Besides, he loves Monster.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
As for Space Monsters, I am not that afraid.
" Collection" by Daniel Errico
A clean-picked framework of crushed and broken giant bones was all that was left of the late bellowing monster.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
On the back of this metal monster was a miniature replica of the strange mechanism upon the pinnacle.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
As near as I can understand, he will hereafter be a monster, a perfect monster, and probably with an affected brain.
"The Monster and Other Stories" by Stephen Crane

In poetry:

Thus unconcern'd, Fabricius sat,
When Pyrrhus plac'd, unseen,
The monster arm'd in dreadful state,
Behind the Roman's screen.
"The Philosopher" by Samuel Bowden
And as I sung, a monster wolf
Slunk through the thicket from me;
But for that song, as I strolled along,
He would have overcome me!
"To Aristius Fuscus" by Eugene Field
And, as I sung, a monster wolf
Slunk through the thicket from me---
But for that song, as I strolled along
He would have overcome me!
"Horace I, 22." by Eugene Field
That student wild and deep who wrought
Alone in his silent room,
Till the monster-man of his midnight thought
Took shape in the ghostly gloom.
"Frakenstein" by Alexander Anderson
Then I whisper—Here is one who moulds
In his heart, and knows it not,
A monster that yet will burst its folds,
And haunt him from spot to spot—
"Frakenstein" by Alexander Anderson
Had nerved her heart to action strong ;
She joined the few who dared the worst,
Resolved to strike the monster Wrong —
To wrestle with the Thing accurst!
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes

In news:

This sea monster created by the Alessandro Sand Scuptors is based on a San Clemente Island legend.
The Lady and the Monster Marie P Croall and Ron Randall.
Horror movies are generally preferable when they deliver escapism and catharsis, substituting supernatural monsters for our real fears.
Re "Executions needed for monsters" (Marcos Breton, Nov 4): I agree completely and only have one more comment to add: All of the inmates currently on death row have committed extremely violent, horrible crimes.
It all started with a monster long day that started at 2am for my regular shift the Wednesday before the big game and ended with a live report from Cowboy's stadium for the 10pm news that night.
Media Made Me Look Like a Monster.
Social networking monster Facebook will face a judge tomorrow over alleged copyright infringements.
'(rec) 2' movie review: A fashionably 'homemade' monster movie is scariest after screen goes dark.
It took 40 or so years to find a new sub-genre of monster movie.
It's The 2012 Monster Jam World Finals.
What she wanted to do in California, Bernice said, was to go fishing in the ocean, since she had heard many a wondrous tale of the whopping monsters that dwell therein.
Monster Muskie Fishing Gear .
Icelandic monster or fishing net .
Surprise little monsters and goblins with some frightful fare, such as these cupcakes with cobweb design.
From little monsters to grown-up goblins, Halloween is when sweets truly take center stage.

In science:

Borcherds, Vertex algebras, Kac-Moody algebras, and the Monster, Proc.
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
Context. T a complete first order theory, its monster model being C = CT as usual in [Sh:c].
Classification theory for theories with NIP - a modest beginning
Borcherds, Vertex algebras, Kac-Moody algebras, and the Monster, Proc.
Nongraded Infinite-Dimensional Simple Lie Algebras
We prove that all sporadic simple groups (except possibly the Monster) and several groups of Lie type are connected to alternating groups.
Finite simple groups and localization
Al l sporadic simple groups, except possibly the Monster.
Finite simple groups and localization
We do not know if the Monster can be connected to the alternating groups.
Finite simple groups and localization
Borcherds, Vertex algebras, Kac-Moody algebras, and the Monster, Proc.
Classification of finite simple Lie conformal superalgebras
Lepowsky and Meurman construct the moonshine VOA V ♮ = ⊕∞ i whose full automorphism group is the Monster simple group M, [FLM].
VOAs generated by two conformal vectors whose $\tau$-involutions generate $S_3$
One of the mysteries about the Monster simple group is a property of 2A-involutions.
VOAs generated by two conformal vectors whose $\tau$-involutions generate $S_3$
In the Monster group, if a product of two 2A-involutions has order three, then it is a 3A-triality or a 3C -triality.
VOAs generated by two conformal vectors whose $\tau$-involutions generate $S_3$
Borcherds, Vertex algebra, Kac-Moody algebra, and the Monster, Proc.
VOAs generated by two conformal vectors whose $\tau$-involutions generate $S_3$
Borcherds, Vertex algebras, Kac-Moody algebras, and the Monster, Proc.
Simple vertex operator algebras are nondegenerate
The subgroup structure is mostly known; in particular there is an almost complete list of the maximal subgroups, and the main gaps in our knowledge concern embeddings of very small simple groups in the monster.
What is the monster?
If anyone wishes to multiply elements of the monster explicitly, R. A.
What is the monster?
Wilson can supply two matrices that generate the monster.
What is the monster?