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giant killer
giant panda
make great/major/giant etc strides
▪ The government has made great strides in reducing poverty.
red giant
▪ The exact location is being kept secret to avoid poaching, which almost drove the giant clam to extinction 20 years ago.
▪ I find three more specimens of the giant clam, and the following day, two.
▪ In particular, both corals and giant clams harbour unicellular algae which live within their body cells.
▪ There is no recorded example of a giant clam causing a human death.
▪ And champion of them all, whether on land or in the sea, is almost certainly the giant clam.
▪ A bitter smile crossed his face as his eyes ranged over the top men in the giant corporation.
▪ In industry after industry, giant corporations were seeking national markets -- and often, monopolies.
▪ These giant corporations may simply opt for law evasion.
▪ But the influential position of giant corporations varies significantly from industry to industry.
▪ He began to doubt the giant eel would bite.
▪ He grabbed hold of the net and prepared himself for when the giant eel came thrashing into sight.
▪ I came to the school some time ago to investigate the giant eel and got lost.
▪ Also, the threat of the giant eel was getting worse and worse.
▪ You can't escape by sea because of the giant eel.
▪ One giant leap for Fleet Street's finest.
▪ We also might add that it took a giant leap of thought.
▪ Organisations may take giant leaps and consequently deal with the unfamiliar.
▪ This does not include the characters themselves, but that wouldn't now be such a giant leap to take.
▪ Even one small step on the path of your plan can be a giant leap!
▪ But it's a giant leap for trout, tench, roach, loach, pike, perch and bream.
▪ They shot a giant panda asleep under a tree.
▪ It was cooked by a woman, or something that looked like a woman but could have been a giant panda.
▪ The giant planets will remain a puzzle for a long time.
▪ The giant planets, with such feeble solar heating, are also very cold.
▪ The high abundances of hydrogen and helium are features of the giant planets also.
▪ Typically, the giant planets contain about forty-five parts per million of helium-3 in their atmospheres.
▪ The giant planets are, in fact, warm inside.
▪ Discovery would enter a parking orbit around Saturn, be-coming a new moon of the giant planet.
▪ But that betrays a terribly parochial notion of what giant planets are like.
▪ A thousand copies of the New York Times run past me on a giant screen.
▪ So you're talking about setting up giant screens and elaborate video and sound systems.
▪ Slick political ads play on a giant screen.
▪ There will be four disciplines: Downhill, super G, giant slalom and slalom.
▪ Janir had slalom, giant slalom and downhill skis, all top-of-the-line models replaced every year or two.
▪ But until she improves her ability in slalom and giant slalom, she lacks the versatility to take the big prize.
▪ After placing third in the giant slalom, she blew the slalom altogether by missing a gate on her first run.
▪ If she said yes, then it would be like taking a giant step backwards.
▪ I often lay on the grassy mound that created a giant step between our house and the one next to us.
▪ This took the issue a giant step forward.
▪ I took two giant steps to the left and slipped into the bathroom.
▪ It was clearly time for one giant step for a kind man.
▪ Cataloguing the birthplaces of proteins will be a giant step towards solving the mysteries of human biology.
▪ It is, morally, a giant step to take.
▪ I was off-balance, falling forward, lurching with giant strides, certain that the next step would end in a nosedive.
▪ Pilot groups working since the middle of last year have already made giant strides in factory efficiency.
▪ Actually the best bit was the giant stride in, which was about fifteen feet high.
▪ Although humans may have the longest lifespan of any mammal, giant tortoises have the longest recorded lives among vertebrates.
▪ Transported to this bleak planet only to be confronted by a marauding gang of giant tortoises.
▪ Much easier to photograph were the giant tortoises which were lumbering around like tanks in the undergrowth.
▪ The giant tortoises that feed on them are damaged in their turn.
▪ Land birds and reptiles, like giant tortoises and land iguanas, are having a field day.
▪ Whalers began the damage by killing at least 100,000 giant tortoises for meat and oil.
▪ V Moly A giant tortoise struggles in and out of his awkward clothes.
▪ Blue grey droplets of water splash down like giant trees.
▪ Yet another child initiated a campaign to save a giant tree from being cut down.
▪ I should prefer to watch him in the primeval forests of his native land, wielding an axe against some giant tree.
▪ Even the first set of two leaves that tiny seedlings sprout are brilliantly colored, just like those of giant trees.
▪ He looked up, but even now he couldn't see the top of the giant tree.
▪ They are the few giant trees in the forest-but the weeds, not the majestic cedars, choke us.
▪ Tallis circled the giant tree twice.
▪ Long strings of paper looped from limb to limb in the giant trees over there.
Giant cabbages grew in the garden.
▪ ...and then this giant green monster appeared from the cave.
▪ a giant TV screen
▪ Be careful. The forest is full of giant snakes and spiders.
▪ Even one small step on the path of your plan can be a giant leap!
▪ Geologically, this area is an alluvial fan of a giant rock slide of granitic gneisses.
▪ If he was to be the father of a nation, he wanted giant sons.
▪ It was as if they had landed on an alien planet, his fear that of awakening the denizens, giant and menacing.
▪ It would be like knitting in the middle of a giant car park.
▪ The giant bivalves jammed the cracks between the black tufts of lava that covered the ocean floor.
▪ The giant daughter of the house then rushed to comfort Thor.
▪ Even corporate giants are felled when their industries collapse under them.
▪ In addition, these 800 corporate giants employ approximately one-fourth of the entire labor force.
▪ Leave the struggling independent label for the corporate giant.
▪ Increasingly, even corporate giants are turning to telecommuting as a way to reduce overhead.
▪ He was big and burly, and isn't it known that all big and burly men are ... gentle giants.
▪ Those who have worked with the animals are filled with nostalgia for the gentle giants.
▪ For example, the industrial giants who dominate the chemical industry have large capital investments in petrochemicals.
▪ Prohibition killed all but a handful of regional breweries and the well-known industrial giants.
▪ Buckhaven's skills have also been enlisted by another pharmaceutical giant for an anti-asthma drug.
▪ It is only 93 light-years away, closer than most of the red giants.
▪ The red giants also may be useful in calibrating cosmic distances and estimating the age of the universe.
▪ These red giants were probably close neighbours of the infant sun and the ejected matter fell into the solar nebula.
▪ Martin Marietta has since merged with a second aerospace giant to form Lockheed Martin.
▪ Fellow car giant Nissan is co-operating with Ford, and will also use luxury cars to introduce the services.
▪ The unions at Ford claimed the car giant is to shed 3,000 jobs at its main assembly plants.
▪ The electronics giant added 1 / 4 to 50 1 / 8 as 9. 2 million shares changed hands.
▪ And he made Hewlett-Packard both an industry giant and renowned for its team-oriented principles.
▪ But analysts were skeptical of the shifting calendar explanation, especially with the standout performance of some industry giants.
▪ Nationalist politics often favor local companies over outside media giants, skewing competition for new licenses.
▪ Earnings for chip manufacturers like Intel and software giants like Microsoft have long depended on an unrelenting and accelerating cycle of upgrades.
▪ There was even room for high-profile newcomers at the toy fair, such as software giant Microsoft.
▪ Netscape faces a long, drawn-out battle with software giant Microsoft, but Barksdale says he is up to the task.
▪ The software giant only recently turned its attention to the Internet.
▪ Oracle, the Redwood City software giant, jumped 11 / 4 to 371 / 2.
▪ Win 95 has been a bestseller since the software giant rolled it out almost two years ago.
▪ The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant may own the market for operating systems and business software for personal computers.
▪ The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant also offered free Internet features to anyone who uses it.
▪ The Midland, Mich.-#based chemical giant expects to spend $ 1 billion to achieve these goals, he said.
▪ The Redmond, Wash.-#based software giant may own the market for operating systems and business software for personal computers.
▪ The Redmond, Wash.-#based software giant also offered free Internet features to anyone who uses it.
▪ Clapton is one of the giants of the music industry.
▪ But it is clear that the publicly held Wall Street giants are doing very well.
▪ He found her, with the giants, and urged her to return with him to the depths.
▪ I have been amazed at much of the cautiousness displayed in much of the current analysis of the dying giant.
▪ Or, as the old tag had it, pygmies standing on the shoulders of giants.
▪ Pickleson, fairground giant with whom Doctor Marigold becomes friendly and who draws his attention to the deaf-mute whom Sophy eventually marries.
▪ The furrows look like a herd of giants have been plowing hither and yon through the snow.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Giant \Gi"ant\, n. [OE. giant, geant, geaunt, OF. jaiant, geant, F. g['e]ant, L. gigas, fr. Gr. ?, ?, from the root of E. gender, genesis. See Gender, and cf. Gigantic.]

  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.


Giant \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 (Zo["o]l.), 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 (Zo["o]l.), 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 (Zo["o]l.), a very large aquatic salamander ( Megalobatrachus maximus), found in Japan. It is the largest of living Amphibia, becoming a yard long.

Giant squid (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of very large squids, belonging to Architeuthis and allied genera. Some are over forty feet long.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French geant, earlier jaiant (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *gagantem (nominative gagas), from Latin gigas "giant," from Greek gigas (genitive gigantos), one of a race of savage beings, sons of Gaia and Uranus, eventually destroyed by the gods, probably from a pre-Greek language. Replaced Old English ent, eoten, also gigant. The Greek word was used in Septuagint to refer to men of great size and strength, hence the expanded use in modern languages. Of very tall persons from 1550s; of persons who have any quality in extraordinary degree, from 1530s.\nIn þat tyme wer here non hauntes Of no men bot of geauntes. [Wace's Chronicle, c.1330]


a. Very large. n. 1 A mythical human of very great size. 2 (lb en mythology) Specifically, any of the Gigantes, the race of giants in the Greek mythology. 3 A very tall person. 4 A tall species of a particular animal or plant. 5 (lb en astronomy) A star that is considerably more luminous than a main sequence star of the same temperature (e.g. red giant, blue giant). 6 (lb en computing) An Ethernet packet that exceeds the medium's maximum packet size of 1,518 bytes. 7 A very large organisation. 8 A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.


adj. of great mass; huge and bulky; "a jumbo jet"; "jumbo shrimp" [syn: elephantine, gargantuan, jumbo]

  1. n. 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, heavyweight, whale]

  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]

Giant (mythology)

Giant is the English word (coined 1297) commonly used for the monsters of human appearance but prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many different cultures. The word giant was derived from the gigantes ( Greek: γίγαντες) of Greek mythology.

In various Indo-European mythologies, gigantic peoples are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and the wild nature, and they are frequently in conflict with the gods, be they Olympian, Celtic, Hindu or Norse. Giants also often play similar roles in the mythologies and folklore of other, non Indo-European peoples, such as in the Nartian traditions.

There are also accounts of giants in the Old Testament, most famously Goliath, Og King of Bashan, the Nephilim, the Anakim, and the giants of Egypt mentioned in 1 Chronicles 11:23. Attributed to them are extraordinary strength and physical proportions.

Fairy tales such as " Jack the Giant Killer" have formed the modern perception of giants as stupid and violent monsters, sometimes said to eat humans, especially children (though this is actually a confusion with ogres, which are distinctly cannibalistic). The ogre in " Jack and the Beanstalk" is often described as a giant. In some more recent portrayals, like those of Jonathan Swift and Roald Dahl, some giants are both intelligent and friendly.

Giant (The Woodentops album)

Giant is the debut album by The Woodentops.

Giant (Dungeons & Dragons)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, giant is a type of creature, or in third edition, a " creature type." Giants are humanoid-shaped creatures of great strength and size.

Giant (Herman Düne album)

Giant is a 2006 studio album by Herman Düne.

Giant (musical)

Giant is a musical based on the 1952 Edna Ferber novel of the same name, with music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and the book by Sybille Pearson. The musical premiered at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia in 2009. The story follows a ranch family in Texas over 30 years, and the effect of the oil boom. The musical premiered Off-Broadway in 2012.

Giant (1956 film)

'Giant ' is a 1956 American epic Western drama film, directed by George Stevens from a screenplay adapted by Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat from Edna Ferber's 1952 novel. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean and features Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor, Elsa Cardenas and Earl Holliman. ''Giant '' was the last of James Dean's three films as a leading actor, and earned him his second and last Academy Award nomination – he was killed in a car accident before the film was released. Nick Adams was called in to do some voice dubbing for Dean's role.

In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


GIANT was a magazine headquartered in New York geared to the urban music market. It began in October 2004 as a bimonthly publication catering to the interests of 20-something men, focusing on pop culture including reviews of video games, movies, fine tobacco, music, everyday happenings and celebrity interviews.

In August 2006, the magazine had a makeover under new editor-in-chief Smokey Fontaine, formerly of the hip hop magazine America. Under his leadership, the magazine began to focus on music, lifestyle, and entertainment for the urban reader. Later, Emil Wilbekin served as the standing Editor-In-Chief.

Recent covers included Beyoncé, Pharrell, Diddy, The Killers, Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, and Eve. The June/July issue offered two covers; one of R&B artist Robin Thicke and one of Rihanna. Chris Brown and Prince have also graced the cover. Along with the magazine, GIANT's website serves as a blog for GIANT readers to get additional information on artists that have been featured in the magazine, as well as contests and giveaways.

Radio One, the radio empire started by Cathy Hughes and now presided over by her son, Alfred Liggins, purchased the magazine in January 2007 for a reported $270,000. GIANT was Radio One's first foray into the print media market. The magazine was closed in December 2009.

Giant (band)

Giant is an American melodic hard rock band that was formed in 1987. The band consisted of founding members Dann Huff (lead vocals & guitar) and Alan Pasqua (keyboard), and had Dann's brother David Huff on drums and Mike Brignardello on bass. The Huff brothers were part of the founding members of the Christian rock band White Heart.

The band scored one hit, the 1990 power ballad "I'll See You In My Dreams", written by Alan Pasqua and Mark Spiro.

Giant disbanded in the early 90s after recording two albums, but resurfaced in 2000 minus Alan Pasqua and released the album III in late 2001.

In December 2009, it was announced by Frontiers Records that they will be releasing Giant's latest album Promise Land in 2010. Writing for the album started in April 2009 and will include Terry Brock (Strangeways, Seventh Key) on lead vocals and John Roth (Winger) on guitars. Dann Huff will not be a part of the band due to his busy schedule but has co-written seven songs and guested on guitar on two. The release dates were February 26, 2010 for Europe and March 9, 2010 for the US.

Giant (song)

Giant is a song by Canadian folk singer-songwriter Stan Rogers. The Giant referred to is Fingal, an Irish- Scottish mythical giant. The song is set in Nova Scotia's rugged Cape Breton Island, and the lyrics contain enchanting imagery describing the island's landscape. The song also contains quasi-pagan imagery, including the suggestion of worshipping the new moon by dancing around a bonfire, although it may be that characters in the song are using the full moon to have a party. In the album Home in Halifax, Stan Rogers claimed that the song was about Guinness.

Category:Stan Rogers songs

Giant (TV series)

Giant is a 2010 South Korean television series starring Lee Beom-soo, Park Jin-hee, Joo Sang-wook, Hwang Jung-eum, Park Sang-min, and Jeong Bo-seok. It aired on SBS from May 10 to December 7, 2010 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 60 episodes. Giant is a sprawling period drama about three siblings' quest for revenge during the economic boom of 1970-80s Korea. Tragically separated during childhood, the three reunite as adults and set out to avenge their parents' deaths, their fates playing out against a larger tide of power, money, politics, and the growth of a city.

Giant (2009 film)

Giant is a 2009 comedy film, written and directed by Adrían Biniez, an Argentinian film director living in Uruguay.

Giant (gymnastics)

A giant is an artistic gymnastics skill in which a gymnast rotates 360 degrees around an axis while in a fully extended position. It is performed on the uneven bars in women's artistic gymnastics and on the parallel bars, horizontal bar, and rings in men's artistic gymnastics.

Usage examples of "giant".

Three and a half days later the enemy raced past Zanshaa without firing a missile at Sula or anyone else, and accelerated on a path for the Vandrith gas giant.

Even under the accelerated building schedules produced in wartime, it would have taken ages to put one of those giants together.

The five gas giants followed, Murora, Bullus, Achillea, Tol, and distant Puscnk with its strange cryochemistry.

In regard to the physical aspects, in extreme cases acromegaly can produce a giant.

Though burdened by the giant molecules, his sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands, which were particularly affected in others, were quite indifferent to the asps.

How is it possible that any human mind could be persuaded that there has existed in the world that infinity of Amadises, and that throng of so many famous knights, so many emperors of Trebizond, so many Felixmartes of Hyrcania, so many palfreys and wandering damsels, so many serpents and dragons and giants, so many unparalleled adventures and different kinds of enchantments, so many battles and fierce encounters, so much splendid attire, so many enamored princesses and squires who are counts and dwarves who are charming, so many love letters, so much wooing, so many valiant women, and, finally, so many nonsensical matters as are contained in books of chivalry?

The giant gave a lopsided smile and held Ager by the shoulders, pinning him down.

Anne walked slowly, idling through wooded glades and along avenues of ancient ahuehuete trees, massive giants that must have stood when Montezuma of the Aztecs was king.

Egged on by Aiken, she had tested her ability by snooping into Stein, intrigued by the apparent helplessness of the sleeping giant.

A giant sheet of folded polysaccharide, a complex mesh of interlinked pentose and hexose sugars hung with alkyl and amide side chains.

Thence snowy Altels and the giant Blumlisalp flashed it south along the crowding peaks and down among the Italian chestnut woods, who next sent it coursing over the rustling waves of the Adriatic and mixed it everywhere with the Mediterranean foam.

Amalgam Creatures exist elsewhere, therefore giant Amalgams exist here?

On one of the giants, Procopio saw a familiar face-that of Ameer Tukephremo, the Mulhorandi wizard who had sold him the cloaking spells in exchange for the promise of Halruaan magic.

Sensing the possibility of death, the giant amphibian flopped its way toward the water.

When she woke, she thought for a moment that someone was bending over her: in the same instant, she saw herself marooning Billy Anker and Mona the clone in the shadow of the gas giant.