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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
Its precipitous edge shed not only tons of rocky debris but gargantuan blocks of ice.
Benintendi's shot into the second deck was the second home run in three batters against him, a gargantuan two-run job that won a game and salvaged a series.
The gargantuan collection, encompassing tens of thousands of items, has been gathered together over decades of work by 45-year-old Bill Loguidice, an author specializing in books about classic games.
As a roar echoes across a gargantuan hall, a pile of scrap slides into the mixture.
During his four years on the commission, Mr. Novak also advocated construction of the gargantuan Washington Harbour condominiums and office complex on the Georgetown waterfront.
Perched atop a gargantuan Saturn 5 rocket, Bean and his crewmates -- commander Pete Conrad and Richard Gordon -- blasted off on Nov. 14, 1969.
The viewership will almost certainly be gargantuan again for this summer’s monthlong World Cup in Russia, which opens in Moscow on June 14 and includes 32 national teams from around the globe.
Their preferred solution is a gargantuan $1.4 billion pipeline that would connect the region with Lake Powell, a reservoir along the Colorado River.
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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
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