What does giant mean?

Definitions for giant
ˈdʒaɪ əntgi·ant

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word giant.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. giant(noun)

    any creature of exceptional size

  2. colossus, behemoth, giant, heavyweight, titan(noun)

    a person of exceptional importance and reputation

  3. giant(noun)

    an unusually large enterprise

    "Walton built a retail giant"

  4. giant, hulk, heavyweight, whale(noun)

    a very large person; impressive in size or qualities

  5. giant, goliath, behemoth, monster, colossus(noun)

    someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful

  6. giant(noun)

    an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fairy tales

  7. giant star, giant(adj)

    a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun)

  8. elephantine, gargantuan, giant, jumbo(adj)

    of great mass; huge and bulky

    "a jumbo jet"; "jumbo shrimp"

Wiktionary

  1. giant(Noun)

    A mythical human of very great size

    Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *, , from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.

  2. giant(Noun)

    Specifically, any of the Gigantes, the race of giants in the Greek mythology.

    Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *, , from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.

  3. giant(Noun)

    A very tall person.

    Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *, , from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.

  4. giant(Noun)

    A tall species of a particular animal or plant.

    Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *, , from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.

  5. giant(Noun)

    A star that is considerably more luminous than a main sequence star of the same temperature (eg. red giant, blue giant).

    Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *, , from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.

  6. giant(Noun)

    An Ethernet packet that exceeds the medium's maximum packet size of 1,518 bytes.

    Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *, , from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.

  7. giant(Noun)

    A very large organisation.

    The retail giant is set to acquire two more struggling high-street chains.

    Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *, , from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.

  8. giant(Adjective)

    Very large.

    Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *, , from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.

  9. Giant(Noun)

    A player on the team the San Francisco Giants.

    Etymology: From γίγας, geant, from geant, gaiant (Modern géant) from *, , from gigas, gigant-. Cognate to giga-.

  10. Giant(Noun)

    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-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Giant(noun)

    a man of extraordinari bulk and stature

    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.]

  2. Giant(noun)

    a person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual

    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.]

  3. Giant(noun)

    any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power

    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.]

  4. Giant(adj)

    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.]

Freebase

  1. Giant

    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

  1. Giant

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'giant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4770

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'giant' in Nouns Frequency: #2150

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'giant' in Adjectives Frequency: #655

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of giant in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of giant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of giant in a Sentence

  1. Guilherme Gualda:

    As far as we can determine, none of these places currently house the type of melt-rich, giant magma body needed to produce a super-eruption, however, they are places where super-eruptions have happened in the past so are more likely to happen in the future.

  2. Samuel Turvey:

    Our analysis reveals that Chinese giant salamander species diverged between 3.1 and 2.4 million years ago, these dates correspond to a period of mountain formation in South China as the Tibetan Plateau rose rapidly, which could have isolated giant salamander populations and led to the evolution of distinct species in different landscapes.

  3. Secret Cinema founder Fabien Riggall:

    We felt a responsibility... to do something to show solidarity with the greatest movement of displaced people since the Second World War, we built a giant screen in a day... It was a really amazing experience for them because it was a break from their reality, the mundanity of every day in that camp.

  4. Professor Long:

    We palaeontologists know that we can never find everything that ever once existed, but its unlikely something bigger in the shark world than megalodon ever existed or at least we would have clues about it — like a tooth or giant scale or something. Frankly nothing bigger than megalodon could have existed as there was likely not enough food to support it. It’s the same argument why lions are top of the food chain in Africa today.

  5. Jodie Rummer:

    The bleaching now is not just restricted to the hard corals. There’s also extensive bleaching in the soft corals, and it is also affecting anemones and giant clams.

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