titanic

adjective
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

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 the most famous ship 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 chemical 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 Holding a pen, climbing out of a car, even speaking and swallowing become titanic struggles. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, 16 June 2022 The Wings would get their Game 4 victory — but not without another titanic struggle and only with the latest goal in franchise history. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2022 The titanic scope of his vision allowed for no compromise. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 22 May 2022 As the last few years have shown, titanic, disruptive change can come out of nowhere. Edie Goldberg, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The most successful matador in the family was Manolete’s great-uncle: a titanic, immaculately confident man known as Pepete. New York Times, 3 May 2022 While a titanic breach, the leak was not completely unprecedented. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 May 2022 On Friday morning, NASA's titanic Space Launch System reached the launch pad. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 18 Mar. 2022 The titanic vessel, christened Dilbar in 2016, was often docked at Port Vell, dwarfing the Barcelona aquarium next door and stretching nearly the length of two football fields. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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“Titanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titanic. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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titanic

adjective
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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