Definition of behemoth
1 often capitalized, religion : a mighty animal described in Job 40:15–24 as an example of the power of God
2 : something of monstrous size, power, or appearance a behemoth truck
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Examples of behemoth in a Sentence
the newest SUV is a gas-guzzling behemoth that doesn't even fit in a standard parking space
Recent Examples of behemoth from the Web
Some of the ice walls spewed milky waterfalls as the behemoths slowly melted and crept inexorably toward their demise in the frigid ocean water.
There are competitors, including Google Home, the tech behemoth's answer to Alexa.
Soon after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. bought Jet.com Inc., employees at the e-commerce startup learned how dry life under the retail behemoth could be.
The prospect of the digital behemoth getting deeper into the grocery business has hammered the stocks of Kroger, Walmart, Walgreens and Target since Amazon unveiled its $13.7 billion offer.
These behemoths usually spend their time transporting oil equipment, including drilling rigs, production platforms, and other supermassive gear.
That also means that the behemoth branch that led to today’s African elephants – which was always assumed to have been isolated in Africa – actually left the continent and proliferated through Eurasia.
Now, Regan is reasserting himself with a two-special deal with Netflix, the streaming behemoth that recently reported 100 million subscribers worldwide.
For Detroit, shifting investment toward gas-guzzling behemoths—
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The original behemoth was biblical; it designated a mysterious river-dwelling beast in the Book of Job. Based on that description, scholars have concluded that the biblical behemoth was probably inspired by a hippopotamus, but details about the creature's exact nature were vague. The word first passed from the Hebrew into Late Latin, where, according to English poet and monk John Lydgate, writing in 1430, it "playne expresse[d] a beast rude full of cursednesse." In English, behemoth was eventually applied more generally to anything large and powerful.
Origin and Etymology of behemoth
Middle English, from Late Latin, from Hebrew bĕhēmōth
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
BEHEMOTH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of behemoth for English Language Learners
: something very big and powerful
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