1. A man of extraordinari bulk and stature.
Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise.
2. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.
3. Any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power.
Giant's Causeway, a vast collection of basaltic pillars, in the county of Antrim on the northern coast of Ireland.
Gi·ant, a. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son.
Giant cell. Anat. See Myeloplax.
Giant clam Zool., a bivalve shell of the genus Tridacna, esp. T. gigas, which sometimes weighs 500 pounds. The shells are sometimes used in churches to contain holy water.
Giant heron Zool., a very large African heron (Ardeomega goliath). It is the largest heron known.
Giant kettle, a pothole of very large dimensions, as found in Norway in connection with glaciers. See Pothole.
Giant powder. See Nitroglycerin.
Giant puffball Bot., a fungus (Lycoperdon giganteum), edible when young, and when dried used for stanching wounds.
Giant salamander Zool., a very large aquatic salamander (Megalobatrachus maximus), found in Japan. It is the largest of living Amphibia, becoming a yard long.
Giant squid Zool., one of several species of very large squids, belonging to Architeuthis and allied genera. Some are over forty feet long.
adj : of great mass; huge and bulky; "a jumbo jet"; "jumbo shrimp"
[syn: elephantine, gargantuan, jumbo]
n 1: any creature of exceptional size
2: a person of exceptional importance and reputation [syn: colossus,
behemoth, heavyweight, titan]
3: an unusually large enterprise; "Walton built a retail giant"
4: a very large person; impressive in size or qualities [syn: hulk,
5: someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
[syn: goliath, behemoth, monster, colossus]
6: an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears
in folklore and fair tales
7: a very bright star of large diameter and low density
(relative to the Sun) [syn: giant star]