Origin of mega-
WORDS THAT USE MEGA-
What does mega- mean?
In science, mega- is specifically used as a prefix in units of measure equaling a factor of “one million.” It’s abbreviation is M. So, a megawatt (MW) is one million watts.
Mega- comes from the Greek mégas, meaning “large” or “great.”
What are variants of mega-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, mega- becomes meg-, as in megohm.
Examples of mega-
A word you may have encountered that features the combining form mega- is megalith, “a stone of great size, especially in ancient construction work, as the Cyclopean masonry, or in prehistoric Neolithic remains, as dolmens or menhirs.” Some of the most well-known megaliths in the world can be found at Stonehenge.
The mega- part of the word means “large,” as we know. The second part of the word, -lith, means “stone,” from the Greek líthos. Megalith literally translates to “large stone.”
What are some words that use the combining form mega-?
What are some other forms that mega- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters mega- or meg- is necessarily using the combining form mega- to denote “large,” e.g., megillah, megilp, or megass. Learn where these words come from and what they mean at our entries.
How to use mega- in a sentence
We have reached a tipping point where mega donors completely dominate the landscape.
And who can blame them for feeling disenfranchised when they see their efforts dwarfed by the mega donors.
Art Basel itself is but the center of a cluster of mega-shows taking place in Miami this week.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art|Jay Michaelson|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The FSLN-controlled legislative assembly approved the mega-project under a cloud of secrecy in a record seven days.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mary Matalin once dubbed him a “mega-multimedia Wunderkind!”Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew|Olivia Nuzzi|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Correspondingly, the merozoites, to which they give rise, are also different (micro-and mega-merozoites).
As this letter A is formed by a larger aperture than the former one, it may be called A mega.The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society|Erasmus Darwin.
I call him Mega-ergaton docile, 'the teachable great-worker.'A Century of Science and Other Essays|John Fiske
They foresaw a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural socialist mega-state.
The prime example is Japan, which constructed its whole mega-economy on these bases.