- ponderosa pine,
Origin of ponderous
Examples from the Web for ponderous
It was a ponderous labyrinth of bolts, locks, and steel doors, making it an almost impregnable fortress.
Archer plays the lead in a ponderous but thoughtful one-act play penned by her husband, Terry Jastrow.Anne Archer: Women in Hollywood Are Doomed Forever|Nico Hines|August 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In “Dirty 30,” there are no ponderous attempts to chart the entire history of the crisis in order to set the scene.“Dirty 30”: Talking AIDS To The Basketball Wives Set|Hugh Ryan|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No ponderous adult consideration is possible–rather, adolescent snickering prevails.What the Man With No Ass Crack Can Teach Darwinists and Creationists|Kent Sepkowitz|January 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet even his staffers acknowledge he is a wooden candidate, a result of a long career in the ponderous halls of the House.Gomez or Go Home: The Massachusetts Senate Race Is Down to the Wire—and It Matters Big Time|David Freedlander|June 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
About this period there was a ponderous machine with six broad wheels, and drawn by eight horses, called the Newcastle waggon.Coaching, with Anecdotes of the Road|William Pitt Lennox
The heavy shutters and ponderous doors are always locked, except when some inquisitive foreigner desires to view.The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe|Ernest Young
His tomb, on the brow of the hill, is marked by a huge mound of earth crowned by a ponderous marble slab.Literary Shrines|Theodore F. Wolfe
It was a dull metallic clang, ponderous and slow, growing louder and ever louder—the tread of an armored man.Sir Nigel|Arthur Conan Doyle
Assuredly the narrow doorways may easily be defended; for a time, at least, the ponderous walls will mock the cannonade.
Word Origin for ponderous
c.1400, "thick;" early 15c., "heavy, weighty, clumsy," from Latin ponderosus "of great weight; full of meaning," from pondus (genitive ponderis) "weight" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "tedious" is first recorded 1704. Related: Ponderously; ponderousness.