titan

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Titan the largest of the satellites of Saturn; has a hazy nitrogen atmosphere
    • n Titan (Greek mythology) any of the primordial giant gods who ruled the Earth until overthrown by Zeus; the Titans were offspring of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaea (Earth)
    • n titan a person of exceptional importance and reputation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There were approximately 2,228 people on board the Titanic when it sank. Of this, only 706 people survived
    • a Titan Titanic. "The Titan physical difficulties of his enterprise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There were 13 couples celebrating their honeymoon on the Titanic
    • n Titan In mythol., one of a race of primordial deities, children of Uranus and Ge (Heaven and Earth), or their son Titan, supposed to represent the various forces of nature. In the oldest accounts there were six male Titans (Oceanus, Cœus, Crius, Hyperion, Japetus, and Kronos) and six female (Theia, Rhea Themis, Mnemosyne, Phœbe, and Tethys). They were imprisoned by their father Uranus from their birth, but, after unmanning and dethroning him, were delivered by Kronos. Zeus, son of Kronos, compelled him to disgorge his elder brothers and sisters, whom he had swallowed at their birth, and after a terrible war thrust the Titans (except Oceanus) into Tartarus, under guard of the hundred-armed giants. In the later legends, Titan, the father of the Titans, yielded the supreme power to his younger brother Kronos, but regained it, and was finally overcome by the thunderbolts of Zeus (Jupiter), son of Kronos (Saturn), who then became the supreme god. The Titans in their wars are said to have piled mountains upon mountains to scale heaven, and they are taken as the types of lawlessness, gigantic size, and enormous strength.
    • n Titan Any one of the immediate descendants of the Titans, as Prometheus and Epimetheus.
    • n Titan The sun personified. Titan being at times substituted by the Latin poets for Helios as god of the sun.
    • n Titan The sixth in order of the eight satellites of the planet Saturn, and the largest, appearing as a star of the ninth magnitude. See Saturn.
    • n Titan A genus of beetles.
    • n Titan A calcareous earth; titanite.
    • n Titan Titanium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the Titanic sank, 2228 people were on it. Only 706 survived.
    • adj Titan tī′tan relating to the Titans, giants of mythology, sons and daughters of Uranus (heaven) and Gæa (earth), enormous in size and strength: gigantic, huge generally
    • n Titan any of the descendants of the Titans, as Prometheus: the sun personified: any one of commanding forces or ability:—fem. Tī′taness
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Idioms

Rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic - (UK) If people are rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, they are making small changes that will have no effect as the project, company, etc, is in very serious trouble.
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Usage

In literature:

I issue from the Titan's race.
"Iphigenia in Tauris" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Was this Titanic work reared in the spirit of trust?
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863" by Various
It seemed as if an enormous giant, or a Titan, had sculptured his own likeness on the precipice.
"Famous Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
Later I saw the Titan approaching and signaled for help.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
He had dragged the prisoner out of his morass by sheer titanic effort.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
On July 31, after more titanic battles, they wrested Seringes from the foe.
"World's War Events, Volume III" by Various
It dipped and rose like a Titan wave of a Titan sea.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Titan, the sixth, is probably larger than any of Jupiter's satellites.
"Half-hours with the Telescope" by Richard A. Proctor
The Titans did not scale heaven; but they laid waste the world.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
It sounded as though some titanic blacksmith were pounding on a mighty anvil to a devil's chorus of laughter.
"Jacqueline of Golden River" by H. M. Egbert
It reads like some antique myth of the Titans defying Jove's thunder.
"Life of Charles Dickens" by Frank Marzials
I have presumed to throw against his Titan strength the craft of man.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
I was in New York City for two weeks at the time of the Titanic disaster.
"Wit, Humor, Reason, Rhetoric, Prose, Poetry and Story Woven into Eight Popular Lectures" by George W. Bain
Posterity should link his name with achievements so titanic that history would be beggared for a precedent.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
These Titanic events must doubtless seem to our limited vision like an endless and aimless series of cosmical changes.
"The Destiny of Man" by John Fiske
The event is too general, too titanic, to be thought of in such a way.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
There is altogether too much of the "Go to: let me be Titanic" about the book.
"Adventures in Criticism" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
And remember, we are no longer people of Venus, Earth, Mars, or Titan, we are citizens of Roald!
"The Space Pioneers" by Carey Rockwell
She is Olympian, Titanic!
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
Afterwards the tales of Titans who had warred with Zeus were realised in this spot.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
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In poetry:

Old fables are not all a lie
That tell of wondrous birth,
Of Titan children, father Sky,
And mighty mother Earth.
"To My Sister: On Her Twenty-First Birthday" by George MacDonald
Time like a Titan bright and strong
Spreads one enchanted gleam:
Each hour is but a fluted song,
And life a lofty dream.
"Amor Vitae" by Archibald Lampman
"'Where is God, that we should fear Him?'
Thus the earth-born Titans say
'God! if Thou art living, hear us!'
Thus the weak ones pray."
"What The Voice Said" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I said, "The mountain knows its place of rest,"
And clambered up above the level plain;
But the bald Titan answered me distressed:--
"Dullness alone doth Time for me ordain."
"Happiness" by Arshag Tchobanian
When all the west, a sheet of gold,
Flared,--like some Titan's opened forge,--
With storm; revealing manifold
Vast peaks of clouds with crag and gorge,
Where thunder torrents rolled.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
And gathering round this, as a high chief truth,
Came proud-will'd Titan dreams, and hopes that spring,
Like tropic birds, from out the heart of youth,
And those ethereal vatic souls who sing.
"David Gray" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Titans to dwell on foes, not fumbles.
Highlanders handle Titans to make season-opening statement.
Analyst Favorites of the Metals Titans: ElDorado Gold Corp Ranks As a Top Pick.
Julie Hedgepeth Williams, author of "A Rare Titanic Family," will appear at Mountain Brook's Emmet O'Neal Library Wednesday.
A Titan Worthy of Emulation .
Cassini spacecraft finds 'tropical' lakes on Saturn moon Titan.
The black areas on this view of Titan's equator are large methane lakes.
There are plenty of hits to choose from like "Titanic," "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan," and a nice mix of comedies and dramas.
John's Titans ready to play home opener in new stadium.
The Bears defeated the Titans 51-20.
All of LP Field thought it was Titans ball.
Emma Lellyet Risien, second wife of Samuel Risien, died with her husband aboard the Titanic on its maiden voyage.
The celebrated Maserati Tipo 61s and the titans who raced them.
Titan fall shows how fickle NFL's top 100 can be.
Michael Mancuso/The Times Defenseman Ray DiLauro scored scored the Titans' lone goal in the loss to Toledo.
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In science:

Such an accuracy of 11 digits is given to indicate the numerical equality of the two values, but it has no real physical meaning, so Titan’s mean obliquity (measured with respect to its orbital inclination) should be nearly zero.
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
To check the reliability of our previous results and to go further in the study of Titan’s forced rotation, we used the numerical tool.
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
This allowed us first to obtain a solution for the rotation of Titan and then to describe it by frequency analysis and to split the free from the forced solutions.
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
We recall that x, y , and z are the coordinates of the barycenter of mass of Saturn in the frame (f1 , f2 , f3 ) rigidly linked to Titan (see Sect. 2.3).
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
It implies that, by choosing these initial conditions, we supposed that Titan is at the Cassini state.
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
Such accuracy is enough to detect Titan’s orbital period.
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
These short-period terms seem to have a period very close to Titan’s orbital period, except the term 5 in the decomposition of σ .
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
We recall that, in the analytical model, the orbit of Titan is circular with a constant inclination, whereas the orbital eccentricity of Titan (i.e. 0.0289) is taken into account in the numerical model, along with the variation in its inclination.
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
Titan’s inclination plays an overwhelming role in its obliquity, as shown in (38).
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
Titan’s gravitational field is not clearly known.
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
This paper offers a first study of Titan’s rotation, where Titan is seen as a rigid body.
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
Titan’s obliquity plays an overwhelming role.
Titan's rotation: A 3-dimensional theory
The titan code solves the energy balance by calculating radiation gains and losses at each point of the gas slab.
How to estimate the distance to the Warm Absorber in AGN from photoionized models
The titanates, with a pseudo-cubic perovskite lattice structure, are good candidates to support orbitons.
Theory of Raman and Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering from Collective Orbital Excitations in YTiO$_3$
This then raises the question why no structural phase transition is seen in the titanates.
Theory of Raman and Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering from Collective Orbital Excitations in YTiO$_3$
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