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titanic2

[tahy-tan-ik] /taɪˈtæn ɪk/
adjective
1.
(initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Titans.
2.
Also, titan. of enormous size, strength, power, etc.; gigantic.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Greek Tītānikós. See Titan, -ic
Related forms
titanically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for titanically

titanic1

/taɪˈtænɪk/
adjective
1.
of or containing titanium, esp in the tetravalent state

titanic2

/taɪˈtænɪk/
adjective
1.
possessing or requiring colossal strength: a titanic battle
Derived Forms
titanically, adverb

Titanic

/taɪˈtænɪk/
noun
1.
the Titanic, a luxury British liner that struck an iceberg near Newfoundland on its maiden voyage on the night of April 14–15, 1912, with the loss of 1513 lives
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Word Origin and History for titanically

titanic

adj.

"gigantic, colossal," 1709, from titan + -ic.

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titanically in Culture

Titanic definition


A British luxury ocean liner, thought to be unsinkable, which nevertheless sank on its first voyage in 1912 after running into an iceberg in the north Atlantic Ocean. More than fifteen hundred people drowned.

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