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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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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The first known use of titanic was in 1709

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13 Mar 2020

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“Titanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titanic. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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