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[mag-nuh m] /ˈmæg nəm/
a large wine bottle having a capacity of two ordinary bottles or 1.5 liters (1.6 quarts).
a magnum cartridge or firearm.
(of a cartridge) equipped with a larger charge than other cartridges of the same size.
(of a firearm) using such a cartridge.
Informal. unusually great in power or size:
a magnum spotlight; a magnum dosage.
Origin of magnum
1780-90; < Latin, neuter of magnus large; in reference to firearms, orig. used as a trademark by the Smith and Wesson Co. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for magnum
  • You'd think that the omnipotent creator would have mentioned such a thing in its magnum opus.
  • He had the credentials before he wrote his magnum opus.
  • The spinal cord enters high on the skull through a hole called the foramen magnum.
  • The hole at the bottom of the skull where the spinal cord exits, known as the foramen magnum, is one clue.
  • The mid-point of the posterior margin of the foramen magnum.
  • The mid-point of the anterior margin of the foramen magnum.
  • Occasionally, they extend into the basilar part of the occipital nearly as far as the foramen magnum.
  • The same goes for the position of the foramen magnum.
  • In time-honored seafaring tradition, a magnum of champagne was sent crashing into the ship's hull.
  • The cord is continuous with the medulla oblongata at the foramen magnum.
British Dictionary definitions for magnum


noun (pl) -nums
a wine bottle holding the equivalent of two normal bottles (approximately 52 fluid ounces)
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: a big thing, from magnus large
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Word Origin and History for magnum

1788, "bottle containing two quarts of wine or spirits," from Latin magnum, neuter of magnus "great in size" (see magnate). Registered 1935 by Smith & Wesson Inc., of Springfield, Massachusetts, as the name of a powerful type of handgun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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magnum in Technology

A database language for DEC-10's, used internally by Tymshare, Inc.. MAGNUM was designed in the late 1970's by Dale Jordan, Rich Strauss and Dave McQuoid originally, and was written in BLISS-10. It was the world's first commercial relational database. It was in the process of being written in 1976.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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