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Examples of gargantuan in a Sentence
a creature of gargantuan proportions
people seem to be buying ever more gargantuan SUVs these days
Recent Examples of gargantuan from the Web
Up to two-thirds of their length are accounted for by gargantuan feeding tentacles that are tipped with clusters of powerful suckers and deployed against prey and predators alike—and perhaps even their own kin.
One of the toughest challenges for any autonomous vehicle is coping with the gargantuan pile of data a suite of lidar laser sensors, radars, cameras, and other sensors can produce.
Children stood on bus stop benches — though sometimes the urge to splash in gargantuan puddles proved irresistible.
Its gargantuan temples and superb civic buildings, almost all in ruins now, contain so much archaeological information scattered over so many acres that, logically, there is no single ideal place from which to view them.
Considering the gargantuan length of the DSM, there are nearly as many ways to be crazy as there are to be alive.
And rising defaults are testing the country’s gargantuan debt market.
For those in the business of mounting these gargantuan tributes to popular entertainment and all things comic books, consternation over the no-shows is overblown.
The gargantuan, heinous policy that was the Final Solution remained private.
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Did You Know?
Gargantua is the name of a giant king in François Rabelais's 16th-century satiric novel Gargantua. All of the details of Gargantua's life befit a giant. He rides a colossal mare whose tail switches so violently that it fells the entire forest of Orleans. He has an enormous appetite - in one memorable incident, he inadvertently swallows five pilgrims while eating a salad. The scale of everything connected with Gargantua gave rise to the adjective "gargantuan," which since Shakespeare's time has been used of anything of tremendous size or volume.
astronomical (also astronomic), bumper, colossal, cosmic (also cosmical), elephantine, enormous, galactic, giant, gigantic, grand, herculean, heroic (also heroical), huge, humongous (also humungous), immense, jumbo, king-size (or king-sized), leviathan, mammoth, massive, mega, mighty, monster, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, oceanic, planetary, prodigious, super, supersize, supersized, titanic, tremendous, vast, vasty, walloping, whacking, whopping;
bantam, bitty, diminutive, infinitesimal, little bitty, micro, microminiature, microscopic (also microscopical), midget, miniature, minuscule, minute, pocket, pygmy, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee;
big, bulky, considerable, extensive, good, goodly, great, gross, handsome, hefty, hulking, largish, major, outsize (also outsized), overgrown, oversize (or oversized), sizable (or sizeable), substantial, tidy, voluminous;
GARGANTUAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gargantuan for English Language Learners
: very large in size or amount
GARGANTUAN Defined for Kids
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