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[tahy-tan-ik, ti-]
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adjective Chemistry.
  1. of or containing titanium, especially in the tetravalent state.

Origin of titanic1

First recorded in 1820–30; titan(ium) + -ic


  1. (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Titans.
  2. Also titan. of enormous size, strength, power, etc.; gigantic.

Origin of titanic2

From the Greek word Tītānikós, dating back to 1650–60. See Titan, -ic
Related formsti·tan·i·cal·ly, adverb


  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.

British Dictionary definitions for titanic


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


  1. possessing or requiring colossal strengtha titanic battle
Derived Formstitanically, adverb


  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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

titanic in Culture


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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