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titanic1

[tahy-tan-ik, ti-] /taɪˈtæn ɪk, tɪ-/
adjective, Chemistry.
1.
of or containing titanium, especially in the tetravalent state.
Origin of titanic1
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; titan(ium) + -ic

titanic2

[tahy-tan-ik] /taɪˈtæn ɪk/
adjective
1.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Titans.
2.
Also, titan. of enormous size, strength, power, etc.; gigantic.
Origin
From the Greek word Tītānikós, dating back to 1650-60. See Titan, -ic
Related forms
titanically, adverb

Titanic

[tahy-tan-ik] /taɪˈtæn ɪk/
noun
1.
a British luxury liner that sank after colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage in April, 1912, with a loss of 1517 lives.
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  • It was possible to imagine anything when Nature was making a change so titanic.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • And far away she saw the titanic clouds; but on the horizon, no sail.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • At which Uncle Ulick went off into a peal of titanic laughter.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • And you know, the tinning of salmon was “progress” as much at least as the building of the titanic.

  • We've had heroic disregards but I think that here disregard was titanic.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
British Dictionary definitions for titanic

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 titanic
adj.

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

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titanic 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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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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