• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tremendous 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"
    • adj tremendous 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 tremendous extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact "in a frightful hurry","spent a frightful amount of money"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "dous":tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
    • a Tremendous Fitted to excite fear or terror; such as may astonish or terrify by its magnitude, force, or violence; terrible; dreadful; as, a tremendous wind; a tremendous shower; a tremendous shock or fall. "A tremendous mischief was a foot."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tremendous Such as may or does excite trembling, fear, or awe; overpowering in character or quality; awful; dreadful: as, a tremendous explosion; tremendous invective.
    • tremendous Hence Such as to excite astonishment or awe; unexampled; wonderful in a high degree; overwhelming; astounding: used intensively or hyperbolically.
    • tremendous Synonyms Frightful, terrific, horrible, appalling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tremendous trē-men′dus such as astonishes or terrifies by its force or greatness: dreadful
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  • Richard of Saint Victor
    Richard of Saint Victor
    “This gift is from God and not of man's deserving. But certainly no one ever receives such a great grace without tremendous labor and burning desire.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “A modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation.”
  • Elwyn Brooks White
    “You have been my friends, replied Charlotte, that in itself is a tremendous thing...”
  • Buckminster Fuller
    “I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.”
  • Ben Hecht
    Ben Hecht
    “Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tremendus, that is to be trembled at, fearful, fr. tremere, to tremble. See Tremble


In literature:

We've been fancying we've come down such a tremendous depth, and all the time we were right: the hole has led us to the shore.
"Cormorant Crag" by George Manville Fenn
The crash was tremendous.
"Our Sailors" by W.H.G. Kingston
On it came with a tremendous roar.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
She had, now as always in the Venus Central State, a tremendous sentimental sway upon her people.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
He had never done that kind of work, and at first the tremendous efforts demanded of him amounted to sheer physical torture.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
She was a tremendous favourite at Rodenhurst, and Seniors and Juniors alike applauded.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
Here he bounded off into space, and next moment fell, baggage and all, with a tremendous splash into the river.
"The Rover of the Andes" by R.M. Ballantyne
The result was tremendous.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
The excitement caused by the sight of land was tremendous.
"The Crew of the Water Wagtail" by R.M. Ballantyne
Insignificant causes often produce tremendous effects.
"Blue Lights" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

Freely condemn thyself, before
The Deity's tremendous pow'r!
Lest thou shou'dst on the day of doom,
To open shame and censure come.
"Advice To Those Who Are Desirous Of Obtaining God's Favour, And Forgiveness Of Their Sins" by Rees Prichard
Confine thy thoughts, nor let them go,
In search of trifles, to and fro,
Or ought that must to reck'ning come,
On the tremendous day of doom.
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
To the glorious one, girdled by praise,
Great in deeds and tremendous in ways,
Who filleth with wonders our days,
Blow ye at New Moon the trumpet.
"Blow Ye The Trumpet" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
He flies in Hell's tremendous gloom,
Where happiness and hope ne'er come,
Half-starv'd he pines among the Fiends,
Where his keen anguish never ends.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Awful phantoms in the moon
Rise to thy tremendous tune:
When the fiery evening falls,
Hell sulphereous appals,
While thy blazing thunder calls,
"Mosi-Oa-Tunya" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
Then one was thrown: and where the statue stood
Under the canopy, above the lawn,
The corse stood; grey and lean, with lifted hands
Raised in tremendous welcome to the dawn.
"A Man And His Image" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

In recent years, Palm Tran, Palm Beach County's public transportation agency located in West Palm Beach Florida, has seen a tremendous overall rise in ridership, including an increase within the Hispanic and Creole communities.
For some reason, college basketball always yields a ton of players with tremendous names.
Gershman said Darnal was a "wonderfully good and generous" person whose death is a "tremendous loss.
One aspect of practice that can create tremendous stress is the need to "wear different hats" and to change those hats frequently.
This is a case of a Dad making a tremendous save.
This is video of Andre Miller and Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets combining on a tremendous pass and dunk during a game against the Houston Rockets.
Matt Mueller's tremendous passion for life and music remembered by friends.
Though I'm now at school at Kent State, I was born and raised in Youngstown and still have tremendous pride for my little city.
The Yankees are off to a tremendous start in defending their World Series title, especially considering the quality of their opponents thus far.
Sports have done a tremendous thing for her.
Launching a business from home can provide tremendous flexibility and the kind of work-life balance that we all crave.
UC Davis student Kevin Cloonan's research in Arbuckle may be a tremendous benefit to the state's almond growers.
Formed in 1993, Minnesota-based slowcore pioneers Low have lived through tremendous changes within the world of underground music.
""We got a tremendous pitching effort," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
Beginning with tremendous early voting in many areas, Black voters made sure they did not lose their constitutional rights to have their voices heard.

In science:

Since its publication, the ISSA has been a tremendously useful data product, used to study various aspects of Galactic (e.g.
IRIS: A new generation of IRAS maps
In this context, well calibrated, arcminute resolution and all-sky dust emission maps at 12, 25, 60 and 100 µm would be of tremendous help to understand and model dust emission in the Planck bands.
IRIS: A new generation of IRAS maps
We have confirmed the above mentioned behavior quantitatively in our calculations, that is, negatively large Meissner masses squared for A3 , A8 , and Aγ in the entire gCFL region, but we could not reduce tremendous numerical ambiguity.
Analytical and numerical evaluation of the Debye and Meissner masses in dense neutral three-flavor quark matter
This introduces a tremendous simplification in the theory.
Generalized Heisenberg relation and Quantum Harmonic Oscillators
The shift, −x0 is nonrandom but however the small balls probabilities may tremendously differ from those given above.
Local functional principal component analysis