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 How to pronounce titanic (audio) 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hollywood colossus James Cameron takes some time out from blockbusting to pay tribute to the titanic creatures of the deep. BostonGlobe.com, "Whale secrets, superheroes, sitcoms, and a ’Sesame Street’ salute: 10 family-friendly TV picks for spring," 9 Apr. 2021 As the crackdown evolved, hastily assembled facilities, like Sabit’s in Kuytun, gave way to titanic new compounds in remote locations. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang," 5 Apr. 2021 On the next pitch, Yelich sent a towering, titanic drive to center that cleared the 30-foot-tall batter's eye at American Family Fields of Phoenix for a grand slam. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Freddy Peralta gets nod over Josh Lindblom for fifth spot in Brewers' rotation," 25 Mar. 2021 Lovato is a former Disney Channel actor with a titanic voice, unshakable poise, and a very public history of mental-health struggles and addiction. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Demi Lovato and the Dangers of Confessional Entertainment," 24 Mar. 2021 Christian Yelich ignited a six-run rally in the third inning with a grand slam – a titanic blast over the 30-foot-high batter’s eye in center. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Entering his sixth season with the Brewers, backup catcher Manny Piña is as reliable as they come," 24 Mar. 2021 Holland comes off less as a promising young actor stepping up to the plate of a titanic, wide-ranging role than like something goofier — Peter Parker trying on big boy pants. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, "‘Cherry’: Tom Holland Feels Stranded in the Russo Brothers’ ‘Great American Movie’," 12 Mar. 2021 The Wednesday night titanic twin bill for Southwest Ohio girls basketball supremacy featured a pair of undefeated teams. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Mount Notre Dame wins, Mason falls short in DI girls basketball regional semifinals," 3 Mar. 2021 Michigan has another titanic game Tuesday against No. 5 Illinois. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, "March Madness: Gonzaga Is Still Undefeated, Baylor Is Not & Michigan Is Now The No. 2 Overall Seed," 28 Feb. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Titanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titanic. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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