Examples of elephant in a Sentence
by any standard, the new shopping mall will be an elephant and one that is certain to alter the retail landscape
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Midway rides are always a fair favorite, with an array of choices from the thrilling Extreme Scream to this year’s new Circus Jumbo flying-elephant ride for kids.
Elephants were pressed into service, wading through swirling waters to rescue people, and aid workers have built rafts from bamboo and banana leaves.
After a weekend in which the national media descended upon our downtown and broadcast the unfolding story with the nuance of a parade of elephants, Thomas’s sentiment was welcome.
According to Masha Angelova of Mansion Global, the new owners will inherit a barn that was built in 1860, and that was at one point used by Barnum & Bailey to store its circus elephants.
With its large population of elephant seals, sea lions and Guadalupe fur seals, the volcanic island is a magnet for migratory great whites who make it their home several months a year.
Male elephant seals roar at their rivals with gruff, throaty rhythmic sounds that are specific to each individual.
John Bush, who practices law in Louisville, kept a blog called Elephants in the Bluegrass for years.
As Jacey Fortin reports for the New York Times, Jude, now 10, had accidentally stumbled upon the fossilized skull of a 1.2 million-year-old stegomastodon, an extinct proboscidean that belongs to the same family as elephants, mammoths and mastodons.
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Origin and Etymology of elephant
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbehemoth, blockbuster, colossus, dinosaur, dreadnought, giant, Goliath, jumbo, leviathan, mammoth, mastodon, monster, titan, whale, whopper
Antonymsdiminutive, dwarf, half-pint, midget, mite, peewee, pygmy (also pigmy), runt, shrimp
Related Wordsamazon, giantess; bulk, hulk; heavyweight; juggernaut, steamroller
Near Antonymslightweight, weakling, wimp, wisp; nonentity, twerp, whippersnapper
Financial Definition of ELEPHANT
What It Is
Elephants are large institutions that make big trades.
How It Works
CalPERS (the California Public Employees' Retirement System) is the nation's largest pension fund. More than 1.6 million people there are employees of public institutions such as schools and local governments. To ensure that the fund has enough money to make pension payments when employees retire, it invests that money in stocks, bonds, venture capital, real estate and a variety of other assets. In 2012, CalPERS had about $234 billion invested and another $3 billion in cash.
Accordingly, it can make some very large trades and has a lot of influence in the market. CalPERS can also be a source of capital for growing companies: It invested $34.2 billion in private equity in 2012.
Why It Matters
When elephants make trades, they are often large trades that can spike (or tank) the price of a stock or other security quickly. Elephants aren't just big influencers of the markets; they're big "gets" for brokerage firms, advisory firms, or any other financial institution that retains them as customers. After all, fees are often a percentage of trade size or asset size, and thus it's usually a big deal to "bag an elephant."
ELEPHANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of elephant for English Language Learners
: a very large gray animal that has a long, flexible nose and two long tusks
ELEPHANT Defined for Kids
Definition of elephant for Students
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