• WordNet 3.6
    • adj giant of great mass; huge and bulky "a jumbo jet","jumbo shrimp"
    • n giant any creature of exceptional size
    • n giant an unusually large enterprise "Walton built a retail giant"
    • n giant a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun)
    • n giant an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales
    • n giant a person of exceptional importance and reputation
    • n giant someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
    • n giant a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Giant's Hall, Luray The Giant's Hall, Luray
Man carrying giant directory Man carrying giant directory
The giant carries the Prince under one arm The giant carries the Prince under one arm
Geirald holds out the head of the giant to the king Geirald holds out the head of the giant to the king

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In order to scare away predators, Giant petrels, a type of seabird, throw up all over the intruder
    • Giant A man of extraordinari bulk and stature. "Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise."
    • Giant A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
    • Giant Any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power.
    • a Giant Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Pacific Giant Octopus, the largest octopus in the world, grows from the size of pea to a 150 pound behemoth potentially 30 feet across in only two years, its entire life-span.
    • n giant In classical mythology, one of a divine but monstrous race, children of Uranus (Heaven) and Gæa (Earth), and personifying destructive physical phenomena, as those of volcanic origin. They were subdued by the Olympian gods after a war which forms a favorite subject in ancient art (see gigantomachy), and typifies the inherent opposition between darkness and light.
    • n giant Some other imaginary being of human form but superhuman size: as, Giant Despair, in Bunyan's “Pilgrim's Progress.”
    • n giant Figuratively, a person of unusual size or of extraordinary powers, physical or mental.
    • giant Gigantic; of extraordinary size or force, actual or relative: as, “the giant world,” ; a giant intellect.
    • n giant In gold-mining, a large nozle used to direct the powerful streams employed in hydraulic work. See cut under hydraulic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The popular name for the giant sequoia tree is Redwood.
    • n Giant jī′ant an individual whose stature and bulk exceed those of his species or race generally: a person of extraordinary powers
    • fem Giant Gī′antess
    • adj Giant gigantic
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  • Sigmund Freud
    “America is a mistake, a giant mistake.”
  • Baron William Henry Beveridge
    Baron William Henry Beveridge
    “Want is one only of five giants on the road of reconstruction; the others are Disease, Ignorance, Squalor, and Idleness.”
  • Neil Armstrong
    Neil Armstrong
    “That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Pray look better, Sir... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.”
  • Basil O'Connor
    Basil O'Connor
    “The world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. giant, geant, geaunt, OF. jaiant, geant, F. géant, L. gigas, fr. Gr. , , from the root of E. gender, genesis,. See Gender, and cf. Gigantic


In literature:

Looking out he saw a great giant, and his heart failed him.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes
London was not alone in having giants.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
But the giant was now in sight, roaring like a hundred lions, and the other giant was out in a moment, and the chase kept on.
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
It's bound to be Giant Tom, Giant Tom his very self, and none other!
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
The giants came up, and the first pushed him with his foot, and said, 'What sort of an earthworm is that?
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
According to some authorities, Gefjon did not remain a virgin herself, but married one of the giants, by whom she had four sons.
"Myths of the Norsemen" by H. A. Guerber
Rainey told him what the girl had said, and the giant grunted.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
From the junk, imploringly, a giant Chinese with pigtail flapping held out his long arms.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
One day he saw a giant beside a great glacier, and rowed up to him then.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
The sluggish giant moved nervously, glancing backwards as he came, and seemed intent upon reaching the water.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts

In poetry:

The giant with the stammer
was the landlady’s son,
grumbling on the stairs
over an old grammar.
"A Summer’s Dream" by Elizabeth Bishop
Here amid icebergs
Rule I the nations;
This is my hammer,
Miölner the mighty;
Giants and sorcerers
Cannot withstand it!
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf I. -- The Challenge Of T" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And then we said: "The giants old
Are lost beyond retrieval;
This pygmy growth the axe has spared
Is not the wood primeval.
"The Wood Giant" by John Greenleaf Whittier
We were a race of mighty things;
The world was all our own.
I dwelt with the Mammoth large and strong,
And the giant Mastodon.
"The Fossil Elephant" by Mary Botham Howitt
Historians burn their midnight oils,
Intent on giant-killers' toils;
And sages close their aged eyes
To other sages' lullabies.
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert
By hunger sharply sped
To grasp at weapons ere he learns their use,
In each new ring he bears a giant's thews,
An infant's head.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith

In news:

Giant Sand's Howe Gelb expanded his band to become Giant Giant Sand for their new album, Tucson.
Giant reed could be giant pain.
Inside Nature's Giants: Giant Squid .
A Unique Advantage for Giant Eyes in Giant Squid .
Giant Eyes for Giant Predators.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension says that while Giant Hogweed is in Oneida County, there are many more prevalent plants like Queen Anne's Lace and Wild Parsnip blooming that look similar to it, but are not actually Giant Hogweed .
The Giants believe they were the victims last week when Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano gave the order to his defense to go live on the final kneel -down play of a 41-34 Giants victory.
Goalie Liam Liston of the Vancouver Giants shows off his recently painted facemask on Wednesday, Sept 19, 2012, featuring images of Giants co-owners Michael Buble, Gordie Howe and Pat Quinn (left to right).
The city plans to replace about 300 linear feet of a 12-inch water main along Day and about 650 feet of a water main between the new Giant Eagle and the former Giant Eagle building, Hasmukh said.
A rare giant pumpkin patch all to myself: Davidsons' Giant Pumpkins.
So far this season, the only thing that has been able to slow down the Giants' offense has been the Giants themselves.
Giants stunn Rangers 9-0 as old Giants spirits play tricks .
Justin Tuck and the Giants know all about Jerry Jones' comment inviting Dallas fans to "watch us beat the Giants' ass" this Sunday.
New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden won't practice on Wednesday due to a concussion, according to Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor on September 10, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (CBS News) On Wednesday, the New York Giants received their Super Bowl XLVI rings at Tiffany's in Manhattan.

In science:

In the regime α > 1, Eq (1) remains valid, but one “giant” connected component (equivalent of the percolation cluster for regular lattices) appears, with a finite fraction of the N vertices and many loops.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Now if G is the giant component of a random graph, if G′ has a finite number of vertices and is connected, then G′ is a tree with probability 1.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Indeed, it is known [Bollob`as98] that finite connected subgraphs with loops are suppressed by powers of N −1 , even if they belong to the giant component.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Though the giant component contains of order N loops, only a finite number of them are finite : as already noticed before, a finite connected induced subgraph of a random graph at fixed α is a tree with probability 1.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Generally, it is the light from giants, with mass ∼ 0.8 M⊙ , that dominates the sample used in the velocity dispersion measurements.
Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion Model for Low-luminosity X-ray Sources in Globular Clusters