What does Giant mean?
Definitions for Giant
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Giant.
any creature of exceptional size
colossus, behemoth, giant, heavyweight, titannoun
a person of exceptional importance and reputation
an unusually large enterprise
"Walton built a retail giant"
giant, hulk, heavyweight, whalenoun
a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
giant, goliath, behemoth, monster, colossusnoun
someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales
giant star, giantadjective
a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun)
elephantine, gargantuan, giant, jumboadjective
of great mass; huge and bulky
"a jumbo jet"; "jumbo shrimp"
A mythical human of very great size
Specifically, any of the Gigantes, the race of giants in the Greek mythology.
A very tall person.
A tall species of a particular animal or plant.
A star that is considerably more luminous than a main sequence star of the same temperature (eg. red giant, blue giant).
An Ethernet packet that exceeds the medium's maximum packet size of 1,518 bytes.
A very large organisation.
The retail giant is set to acquire two more struggling high-street chains.
A player on the team the San Francisco Giants.
A player on the team the New York Giants.
Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *,, from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A man of size above the ordinary rate of men; a man unnaturally large. It is observable, that the idea of a giant is always associated with pride, brutality, and wickedness.
Etymology: geant, French; gigas, Latin.
Now does he feel his axle
Hang loose about him, like a giant ’s robe
Upon a dwarfish thief. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Gates of monarchs
Are arch’d so high that giants may jet through,
And keep their impious turbands on, without
Good-morrow to the sun. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
Woman’s gentle brain
Could not drop forth such giant rude invention;
Such Ethiop words. William Shakespeare, As you like it.
Fierce faces threat’ning wars,
Giants of mighty bone, and bold emprise! John Milton, Pa. Lost.
Those giants, those mighty men, and men of renown, far exceeded the proportion, nature, and strength of those giants remembered by Moses of his own time. Walter Raleigh, History.
The giant brothers, in their camp, have found
I was not forc’d with ease to quit my ground. John Dryden, Æn.
By weary steps and slow
The groping giant with a trunk of pine
Explor’d his way. Addison.
Neptune, by pray’r repentant, rarely won,
Afflicts the chief t’ avenge his giant son,
Great Polypheme, of more than mortal might. Alexander Pope.
Giant (stylized as GIANT) was a men's magazine based in New York City 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. 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 appeared on the cover. Along with the magazine, Giant's website serves as a blog for 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.
a man of extraordinari bulk and stature
a person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual
any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power
like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son
Etymology: [OE. giant, geant, geaunt, OF. jaiant, geant, F. gant, L. gigas, fr. Gr. , , from the root of E. gender, genesis. See Gender, and cf. Gigantic.]
The mythology and legends of many different cultures include monsters of human appearance but prodigious size and strength. "Giant" is the English word commonly used for such beings, derived from one of the most famed examples: the gigantes 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, Nartian, Hindu or Norse. There are also accounts of giants in the Old Testament, most famously Goliath. Attributed to them are extraordinary strength and physical proportions. Fairy tales such as Jack the Giant Killer have formed our modern perception of giants as stupid and violent monsters, sometimes said to eat humans, especially children. The ogre in Jack and the Beanstalk is often described as a giant. However, in some more recent portrayals, like those of Roald Dahl, some giants are both intelligent and friendly, as in Gulliver's Travels.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
jī′ant, n. an individual whose stature and bulk exceed those of his species or race generally: a person of extraordinary powers:—fem. Gī′antess.—adj. gigantic.—ns. Gī′antism, Gī′antship, the quality or character of a giant.—adj. Gī′antly, giant-like.—n. Gī′ant-pow′der, a kind of dynamite.—adj. Gī′ant-rude (Shak.), enormously rude or uncivil.—n. Gī′antry, giants collectively. [O. Fr. geant (Fr. géant)—L.,—Gr. gigas, gigantos.]
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Giant is ranked #139228 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Giant surname appeared 120 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Giant.
78.3% or 94 total occurrences were White.
15% or 18 total occurrences were Black.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Giant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4770
Rank popularity for the word 'Giant' in Nouns Frequency: #2150
Rank popularity for the word 'Giant' in Adjectives Frequency: #655
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The numerical value of Giant in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Giant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of Giant in a Sentence
He is an extraordinary surgeon, extraordinarily passionate human being, but I disagree with the personalization of a set of policies that have been harmful, not only to African-Americans, but the country as a whole with any particular party. ... Dr. Carson stands like a giant in the operating room, but in the civil rights arena we would love to have more conservation with him about our positions.
Yesterday, higher oil prices, surging commodity stocks and bounce in banking shares prompted an extension of the rally that began on February 12, today though, European markets look to pull back from those gains, alongside a dip in oil as China stocks fall and mining giant BHP Billiton slashes its dividend.
Scientists have been fighting for more than 75 years over what Dickinsonia and other bizarre fossils of the Ediacaran Biota were : giant single-celled amoeba, lichen, failed experiments of evolution or the earliest animals on Earth, the fossil fat now confirms Dickinsonia as the oldest known animal fossil.
Maybe if you had a giant pizza in both hands and you weren't holding the wheel, or maybe if you had a watermelon - half watermelon - and you were just diving into it holding it with both hands, maybe that would be something.
Stellar flybys have been used to explain the evolution of our own solar system, hD 106906 offers a rare example where such a flyby happened recently and may have perturbed its distant giant planet.
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Translations for Giant
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- gegantCatalan, Valencian
- obří, gigant, obr, obrovskýCzech
- kæmpe storDanish
- Riesin, Riese, Gigant, Gigantin, riesig, gigantischGerman
- giganto, altulo, gigantaEsperanto
- gigantesco, giganteSpanish
- hiiglane, gigantEstonian
- gigantti, jättiläinen, jättiläistähti, jättiläismäinen, jätti, jättiläis-Finnish
- famhairScottish Gaelic
- נפיל, ענקHebrew
- հսկա, վիթխարի, աժդահաArmenian
- giganto, gigantaIdo
- gigante, colossoItalian
- გოლიათი, ბუმბერაზიGeorgian
- gigants, milzīgs, milzis, gigantisks, milze, milzene, milzenisLatvian
- reus, reuzen-, reusachtigDutch
- olbrzym, gigantPolish
- gigante, gigantescoPortuguese
- uriaș, gigantRomanian
- гигант, великан, гигантский, огромный, верзилаRussian
- оријаш, див, горостас, div, gorostas, orijašSerbo-Croatian
- orjak, velikan, velikanski, orjaški, gromozanski, ogromenSlovene
- seqhobaneSouthern Sotho
- jätte, enorm, jättestor, jättelikSwedish
- jitu, njembaSwahili
- gianagretik, higianan, jigianan, giananVolapük
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