ti·​tan·​ic | \ tī-ˈta-nik How to pronounce titanic (audio) 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-​ How to pronounce titanically (audio) \ 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 effect is to make gerrymanders far more effective and durable than before, insulating politicians against all but the most titanic shifts in the political tides. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "U.S. Supreme Court rejects limits to partisan gerrymandering," 27 June 2019 Far from creating a pleasing sound, the composer had created disturbing dissonances, which contribute to the sense of a titanic struggle in which hope overcomes despair. National Geographic, "How Beethoven went from Napoleon’s biggest fan to his worst critic," 24 Apr. 2019 But under the surface there is a titanic struggle between the swift moving current in the channel and the ships’ engines. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 Much of the sand was sold to Singapore, which uses titanic quantities of the material for its ongoing effort to bulk up its tiny territory with artificial land. Vince Beiser, National Geographic, "Sand mining threatens ways of life, from Cambodia to Nigeria," 23 Apr. 2019 The most common supernova occurs when an extra-large star runs out of fuel and dies in a titanic explosion, leaving behind a neutron star or black hole. Yvette Cendes, Discover Magazine, "What Are FRBs? The Discovery of Mysterious Signals From the Cosmos," 7 Feb. 2019 Williamson will be playing, and the college basketball world will be watching the titanic Elite Eight matchup between the top two seeds in the East Region. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Duke vs. Michigan State is battle of NCAA Tournament titans," 31 Mar. 2019 Discontented investors demand growth, which means even titanic Apple must find more ways to make money. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Is a Credit Card Company Now," 25 Mar. 2019 More rockets still The fun doesn't stop with these four titanic boosters. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Four huge rockets are due to debut in 2020—will any make it?," 24 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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English Language Learners Definition of titanic

: very great in size, force, or power


ti·​tan·​ic | \ tī-ˈta-nik How to pronounce titanic (audio) \

Kids Definition of titanic

: enormous in size, force, or power

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