hulk·​ing | \ ˈhəl-kiŋ \

Definition of hulking

: ponderous, massive a hulking wrestler

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Examples of hulking in a Sentence

A hulking figure appeared in the doorway. a heavy, hulking stone blocked the way

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The hulking lithium-ion battery in the belly of a Tesla Model S stores electrical energy as a voltage across an anode and cathode. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Where Are All the Hydrogen Cars?," 10 Aug. 2018 The world’s biggest container-ship operator by capacity is adopting new digital techniques in order to get the hulking vessels in and out of ports as quickly as possible, an effort aimed at eliminating bottlenecks in supply chains. Costas Paris, WSJ, "With Container Ships Getting Bigger, Maersk Focuses on Getting Faster," 20 Dec. 2018 Is the coordinated launch necessary to get the hulking GeForce RTX 2080 Ti out there ASAP to satisfy deep-pocketed enthusiasts with a need for speed? Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are loaded with boundary-pushing graphics tech," 20 Aug. 2018 But after watching Evan Gattis just miss a mammoth three-run homer, sending a blast just to the left of the left-field foul pole, Paxton came back to strike out the hulking lumberjack. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "James Paxton back to his dominant form, leading Mariners to a 2-0 victory over the Astros," 30 July 2018 Marcy has been flattened, to be specific, by the hulking weight of her senior citizen boyfriend, who has died during their secret tryst. Beth Kephart,, "Frances Metzman's 'Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Bay': The rules of dancing, life, and rocking thongs in a retirement village," 6 July 2018 Metro will seek to sell its hulking headquarters in downtown Washington and decamp to smaller office spaces in the District, Maryland and Virginia after a vote Thursday by Metro’s board of directors. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro seeks buyer for downtown D.C. headquarters," 12 July 2018 The hulking 22-year-old outfielder homered in his fourth straight game in Triple-A El Paso’s 4-1 loss at Albuquerque, giving him an’ organization-best 12th on the season. Jeff Sanders,, "El Paso's Franmil Reyes homers in fourth straight game," 6 May 2018 But despite his otherwise nondescript appearance, the hulking chalice made Alex Ovechkin unmistakable, one of Russia's most recognizable athletes carrying hockey's grandest trophy to his country's most iconic spot. Isabelle Khurshudyan,, "Alex Ovechkin brings the Stanley Cup to his homeland of Russia: 'It was incredible'," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of hulking

1698, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hulking

: very large or heavy


hulk·​ing | \ ˈhəl-kiŋ \

Kids Definition of hulking

: very large or heavy

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