colossal

adjective
co·​los·​sal | \ kə-ˈlä-səl How to pronounce colossal (audio) \

Definition of colossal

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a colossus colossal statues
2 : of a bulk, extent, power, or effect approaching or suggesting the stupendous or incredible colossal rock formations colossal stellar explosions
3 : of an exceptional or astonishing degree a colossal failure a colossal bore colossal ambition

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Other Words from colossal

colossally \ kə-​ˈlä-​sə-​lē How to pronounce colossally (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for colossal

enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large. enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness. an enormous expense an immense shopping mall huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount. incurred a huge debt vast usually suggests immensity of extent. the vast Russian steppes gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind. a gigantic sports stadium colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions. a colossal statue of Lincoln mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk. a mammoth boulder

Examples of colossal in a Sentence

a colossal statue of the town's founder

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But a prominent nuclear organization just weighed in, arguing that such a plan is a colossal mistake. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Critics Roast the Department of Defense’s Battlefield Nuclear Reactor," 25 Feb. 2019 The answer would not begin: ‘First, leave the EU.’ Because that would be the most colossal waste of time, effort and money.... There will still be immigration across porous borders. Monitor Editors, The Christian Science Monitor, "Expect more of the same during President Putin’s next term, Pompeo appointment signals a more extreme US foreign policy, ‘Brexit’ is a colossal waste, Saudi Arabia flags a nuclear arms race, Aung San Suu Kyi stays silent on the Rohingya genocide," 31 Mar. 2018 SpaceX’s colossal Falcon Heavy has taken flight With an incredible run of launches by government and commercial operators, 2018 has been a banner year for spaceflight. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018 The latter could take the form of new systems which allowed for a war of colossal scale to be waged. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 2018 An angler in Delaware has officially set a new state record after reeling in a colossal cobia earlier this week. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Delaware fisherman sets state record with 79-pound cobia, officials confirm," 13 Sep. 2018 Things kicked off in early August when the show depicted Kourtney and Kim having a colossal argument over their family's Christmas card photo shoot (very serious stuff), and it's escalated since then. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Is Anyone Else Buying Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney's Fights This Season on KUWTK?," 28 Aug. 2018 Buffalo was able to string together some good years after the colossal disappointment, and made consecutive conference finals in 2006 and 2007. Jacob Bogage, chicagotribune.com, "Toronto is now the saddest sports city. Unless it's Cincinnati. Or maybe it's still Washington.," 10 May 2018 The game began, and the first half was a colossal bore. Nick Hoppe, SFChronicle.com, "Orphans find families wherever they can," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of colossal

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for colossal

see colossus

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colossal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of colossal

: very large or great

colossal

adjective
co·​los·​sal | \ kə-ˈlä-səl How to pronounce colossal (audio) \

Kids Definition of colossal

: very large : huge a colossal success She gave the ball a colossal heave.

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