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n. (plural of giant English)

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Giants (Greek mythology)

In Greek mythology, the Giants, also called Gigantes (jye-GAHN-tees or gee-GAHN-tees; , Gigantes, singular Γίγας, Gigas) were a race of great strength and aggression, though not necessarily of great size, known for the Gigantomachy (Gigantomachia), their battle with the Olympian gods. According to Hesiod, the Giants were the offspring of Gaia (Earth), born from the blood that fell when Uranus (Sky) was castrated by his Titan son Cronus.

Archaic and Classical representations show Gigantes as man-sized hoplites (heavily-armed ancient Greek foot soldiers) fully human in form. Later representations (after c. 380 BC) show Gigantes with snakes for legs. In later traditions, the Giants were often confused with other opponents of the Olympians, particularly the Titans, an earlier generation of large and powerful children of Gaia and Uranus.

The vanquished Giants were said to be buried under volcanos, and to be the cause of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Giants (Marvel Comics)

There are different kinds of Giants in Marvel Comics. The most popular of the Giants are the Giants of Jotunheim, a fictional race of people based on the giants of actual Norse legends.

Giants (band)

Giants is an instrumental post-rock band based out of Cedar Falls, Iowa that formed in the summer of 2005. Giants have had four releases: a self-titled, self-released demo ep in 2006, “They, The Undeserving” in 2007, "Old Stories" in 2008 and a Split 7" with Beware of Safety in 2011.

Giants (Chicane album)

Giants is the fourth studio album by British electronic dance music artist Chicane. It was released in the United Kingdom on August 2, 2010. The album's first official single, " Middledistancerunner", featuring the vocals of Adam Young was released on the same day. The tracks " Poppiholla", " Hiding All the Stars" and " Come Back", which were supposed to be released on a Re-work EP back in 2009, are also included on the album. The album debuted at #35 on the UK Albums Chart and at #2 on the UK Dance Albums Chart on August 8, 2010.

Giants (Welsh folklore)

Giants or cewri feature prominently in Welsh folklore and mythology. Among the most notable are Bendigeidfran fab Llyr, a mythological king of Britain during the Second Branch of the Mabinogi, Idris Gawr of Cader Idris, and Ysbaddaden Bencawr, the chief antagonist of the early Arthurian tale How Culhwch won Olwen. Both Arthur and Gwalchmai fab Gwyar feature prominently as giant-slayers in Welsh tradition.

Giants (esotericism)

In esoteric and occult teachings, giants are beings who live on spiritual, etheric and physical planes of existence. Giants were a popular theme in theosophical literature, Atlantis, lost continents and later the earth mysteries movement of Britain in the 1970s.

Giants (The Stranglers album)

Giants is the seventeenth studio album by English rock band The Stranglers and continues the band's return as a four-piece after the departure of Paul Roberts. Lead vocals are shared between guitarist Baz Warne and bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel. The album was released on 5 March 2012 and was supported by an extensive UK tour by the band.

The album continues the shift to a more recognisable sound seen in the previous album, Suite XVI, but also builds on a sound much more akin to the band's 70s era.

The album was released in the formats of digital download, CD and vinyl with the a deluxe edition of the CD being released with an additional live acoustic disc for the same price. In an interview, Burnel stated that the album has few overdubs so that they can play all the songs live without using any 'trickery', he also stated 'Time Was Once on My Side' is a single of sorts, continuing to question what makes a single in 2012.

The album was better promoted than the previous with JJ Burnel appearing on The One Show and also appearing on BBC 1 breakfast with Baz Warne to talk about the album. There was also 19 billboard advertisements put up around London using an alternate image to the album art.

The band worked on the album for two years on and off between festivals, gigs and going off places. "...But some of the ideas stem back to 10 years ago. You can't always make a decent song with just one idea and we've been mulling over some ideas for quite a few years," JJ Burnel remarked.

The bassist said he was delighted with the initial reaction to their album in the media. "This record seems to be taking off big time. We're having to go to Paris to do 50 or 60 radio shows and they've asked us to do a dozen live performances. After that we've got to go to Berlin because interest's picking up there well so this record – which hasn't come out yet – seems to be getting quite a lot of attention," he remarked prior to the release.

Giants (Dizzy Gillespie album)

Giants (also released as Mary Lou Williams and the Trumpet Giants) is a live album by trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Bobby Hackett and pianist Mary Lou Williams recorded in 1971 and originally released on the Perception label.

Giants (Bear Hands song)

"Giants" is a song by American experimental rock band Bear Hands. The song was released in late 2013 as the lead single from the band's second album, Distraction, and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The song is featured in NHL 15.

Giants (anthology)

Giants is an anthology of fantasy and science fiction short stories edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh as the fifth volume in their Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy series. It was first published in paperback by Signet/New American Library in November 1985. The first British edition was issued in trade paperback by Robinson in July 1987.

The book collects twelve novellas, novelettes and short stories by various fantasy and science fiction authors, with an introduction by Asimov.

Usage examples of "giants".

The real problem is what is going to happen to ordinary, mortal humanity, should the Giants win.

Artisan spoke convincingly about the monstrous ways in which the Giants treated ordinary humanity whenever their paths crossed those of ordinary people.

Daedalus and their assistants were also struggling with the problems of learning exactly what the Golden Apples of the Hesperides meant to the race of the Giants, and of obtaining a sample of this mysterious fruit.

Hercules, we are going to discover just what effect the special weapon of the Giants has on you.

Asterion and Daedalus explained a little more of the ongoing problem between the gods and the Giants, until I began to understand why even Zeus was fearful.

I strongly suspected also that he was deeply afraid of such things as Giants, as every man has a right to be.

Artisan been with us in our little boat, he could have told us much more, in the long hours of our next days of travel, about the gods and about the Giants, too.

Corycus, Enkidu and I had learned some disturbing things: not only how frightened the gods were of these same Giants, but how little Zeus and the others knew, how much they seemed to have mysteriously forgotten, about their ancient enemies.

And Giants really do pose that much of a danger to you, or to Zeus, that you are not going to risk your necks by going near them.

It came out that all the gods, or all of them with whom he had had any recent contact, had fought skirmishes with Giants who used their secret weapon, or had been attacked by their great enemies from ambush, and all the gods, or almost all, had forgotten pretty much the same things.

And part of the price I paid was that for a long time, many months, the mere existence of the Giants seems to have been blotted from my memory.

As time passed since his last brush with the Giants and their exotic weapon, some details about the case were starting to come back to him.

I asked Atlas where the Giants came from, he told me that they had issued from the earth.

Or was he simply, cravenly, hoping that the Giants would allow him to survive, when all the other Olympians had been wiped out?

And in later days I was able to verify the fact: he had signed with them a pact of mutual toleration and nonviolence, until their common enemies, the Giants, should be disposed of.