titanic

adjective
ti·​tan·​ic | \tī-ˈta-nik also tə- \

Definition of titanic 

: having great magnitude, force, or power : colossal a titanic struggle

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Other Words from titanic

titanically \tī-​ˈta-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē also tə-​ \ adverb

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Before becoming the name of one of the most famous ships in history, titanic referred to the Titans, a family of giants in Greek mythology who were believed to have once ruled the earth. They were subsequently overpowered and replaced by the younger Olympian gods under the leadership of Zeus. The size and power of the Titans is memorialized in the adjective titanic and in the noun titanium, a metallic element of exceptional strength that is used in the production of steel.

Examples of titanic in a Sentence

They put up a titanic struggle. The batter hit a titanic home run.

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The dense remains of exploded, titanic stars — currently known as neutron stars — could be made of this stuff, begging an even cooler nomenclature: strange stars. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 The rifts suggest a titanic geological upheaval in Charon's early history. Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com, "Celebrating 40 Years of Pluto's Largest Moon, Charon," 14 July 2018 The Maggiore Group grows Forty years ago, The Maggiore Group was just Tomaso Maggiore, a titanic figure on the Valley’s dining scene who helped redefine Italian food for a generation of Phoenicians. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The Sicilian Butcher: 908 ways to eat meatballs at Maggiore's new Italian restaurant. But are they good?," 10 Apr. 2018 Kennedy arrived at the court in February 1988 after a titanic battle in the Senate between Reagan and Senate Democrats led by Sens. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire, giving Trump a chance to shift Supreme Court sharply right," 27 June 2018 Stewart and Powell would lock into a titanic struggle over the very soul of America—the future of the American West and the shape of the nation’s democracy. John F. Ross, Smithsonian, "The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened," 3 July 2018 There is a superhuman quality to mastering snooker; rounded pockets and a lightening-quick surface render the sport less forgiving than pool, with titanic concentration required to build large scores. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "‘To Be Number One Is the Target.’ China’s Ding Junhui Is Taking on the World Snooker Championship," 19 Apr. 2018 Poverty, a sexist and racist recording industry and a terrifyingly abusive relationship — with her husband and mentor Ike Turner (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, a perceptive study in anger) — only make the show’s titanic heroine bigger and stronger. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Women Set London’s Stages Ablaze," 9 July 2018 Even by the often iffy standards of restrictor-plate racing, this one was a titanic mess. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Erik Jones outlasts chaos at Daytona and scores win for NASCAR's young guns," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of titanic

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for titanic

Greek titanikos of the Titans

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titanic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of titanic

: very great in size, force, or power

titanic

adjective
ti·​tan·​ic | \tī-ˈta-nik \

Kids Definition of titanic

: enormous in size, force, or power

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