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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Giant  \Gi"ant\,  n.  [OE.  giant,  geant,  geaunt,  OF  jaiant,  geant, 
  F.  g['e]ant,  L.  gigas,  fr  Gr  ?,  ?,  from  the  root  of  E. 
  gender,  genesis.  See  {Gender},  and  cf  {Gigantic}.] 
  1.  A  man  of  extraordinari  bulk  and  stature. 
 
  Giants  of  mighty  bone  and  bold  emprise.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  A  person  of  extraordinary  strength  or  powers,  bodily  or 
  intellectual. 
 
  3.  Any  animal,  plant,  or  thing  of  extraordinary  size  or 
  power. 
 
  {Giant's  Causeway},  a  vast  collection  of  basaltic  pillars,  in 
  the  county  of  Antrim  on  the  northern  coast  of  Ireland. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Giant  \Gi"ant\,  a. 
  Like  a  giant;  extraordinary  in  size,  strength,  or  power;  as 
  giant  brothers;  a  giant  son. 
 
  {Giant  cell}.  (Anat.)  See  {Myeloplax}. 
 
  {Giant  clam}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  bivalve  shell  of  the  genus 
  {Tridacna},  esp.  {T.  gigas},  which  sometimes  weighs  500 
  pounds.  The  shells  are  sometimes  used  in  churches  to 
  contain  holy  water. 
 
  {Giant  heron}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  very  large  African  heron 
  ({Ardeomega  goliath}).  It  is  the  largest  heron  known 
 
  {Giant  kettle},  a  pothole  of  very  large  dimensions,  as  found 
  in  Norway  in  connection  with  glaciers.  See  {Pothole}. 
 
  {Giant  powder}.  See  {Nitroglycerin}. 
 
  {Giant  puffball}  (Bot.),  a  fungus  ({Lycoperdon  giganteum}), 
  edible  when  young,  and  when  dried  used  for  stanching 
  wounds. 
 
  {Giant  salamander}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  very  large  aquatic 
  salamander  ({Megalobatrachus  maximus}),  found  in  Japan.  It 
  is  the  largest  of  living  Amphibia,  becoming  a  yard  long. 
 
 
  {Giant  squid}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  several  species  of  very 
  large  squids,  belonging  to  {Architeuthis}  and  allied 
  genera.  Some  are  over  forty  feet  long. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  giant 
  adj  :  of  great  mass;  huge  and  bulky;  "a  jumbo  jeg"  [syn:  {elephantine}, 
  {gargantuan},  {jumbo}] 
  n  1:  any  creature  of  exceptional  size 
  2:  a  person  of  exceptional  importance  and  reputation  [syn:  {colossus}, 
  {behemoth},  {heavyweight},  {titan}] 
  3:  an  unusually  large  enterprise;  "Walton  built  a  retail  giant" 
  4:  a  very  large  person;  impressive  in  size  or  qualities  [syn:  {hulk}, 
  {heavyweight},  {whale}] 
  5:  someone  who  is  abnormally  large  [syn:  {goliath},  {behemoth}, 
  {monster},  {colossus}] 
  6:  an  imaginary  figure  of  superhuman  size  and  strength;  appears 
  in  folklore  and  fair  tales 
  7:  a  very  bright  star  of  large  diameter  and  low  density 
  (relative  to  the  Sun)  [syn:  {giant  star}] 




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