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
For Detroit, shifting investment toward gas-guzzling behemoths—
There's even been scuttlebutt that behemoth Procter & Gamble may be in the mix.
There’s plenty of skepticism about Vulcan’s business plan for delivering satellites to orbit using this behemoth plane, the largest ever built.
Just two decades after CEO Jeff Bezos' online retail behemoth went public, the company briefly crossed the $1,000 threshold during trading on Tuesday, beating tech giant Alphabet to the punch.
The behemoth dance complex is the culmination of a career that saw Piatczyc begin teaching choreography at the age of 14.
Remove enough flowers and fruit - pumpkins are actually fruits - to force the plant to put all its energy into producing one behemoth fruit instead of lots of smaller fruits.
In 1992, Westco was sold to CSM, a century-old sugar processing company from Holland that’s grown into a baking supply behemoth now headquartered in the suburbs of Atlanta.
The company is also fighting the SBC/Ameritech merger, arguing the two mergers would put a telecommunications behemoth on each coast with access to 71 percent of the United States customer base and $96.5 billion in annual revenues.
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Did You Know?
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 century
BEHEMOTH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of behemoth for English Language Learners
: something very big and powerful
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