giant

(redirected from giantess)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.

giant,

in mythology, manlike being of great size and strength. The giant has been the symbol for the expression of certain recurring beliefs in the mythologies of all races. He is universally represented as being a brutish power of nature, lacking the stature of gods and the civilization and cunning of men. Among the myths of such different cultures as the Greeks, the Scandinavians, and the Native Americans of the Great Plains, giants were believed to be the first race of people that inhabited the earth. Two of the most familiar legends concerning giants are those of Jack the Giant Killer and David and Goliath.

giant

A large highly luminous star that lies above the main sequence on the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram. Giants are grouped in luminosity classes II and III (see spectral types) and generally have absolute magnitudes brighter than 0. Despite their great size, they are not necessarily more massive than typical main-sequence stars; they have dense central cores, but their atmospheres are very tenuous – a feature that shows in their spectra.

Giants represent a late phase in stellar evolution, when the central hydrogen supplies have been exhausted and the star is ‘burning’ other nuclei in concentric shells near its core. As these nuclear processes change, the star's size, luminosity, and temperature gradually alter, and it moves about in the giant region and horizontal branch region of the H–R diagram. Most stars cross the instability strip (see pulsating variables) at least once, and are then Cepheid or RR Lyrae variables. In its final stages, a giant becomes rather brighter and moves to the asymptotic giant branch just above the giants on the H–R diagram. Capella and Arcturus are typical examples of giant stars. See also globular cluster (illustration); red giant; supergiant.

What does it mean when you dream about a giant?

Giants can be good and friendly symbols (e.g., “the jolly Green Giant”) or a fierce and terrifying one (e.g., the “fee fie foe fum” ogre in the story “Jack and the Bean Stalk”). They also symbolize what is outstandingly large and overwhelming in the dreamer’s life, such as a “gigantic” obstacle.

giant

[′jī·ənt]
(mining engineering)

giant

1. Greek myth any of the large and powerful offspring of Uranus (sky) and Gaea (earth) who rebelled against the Olympian gods but were defeated in battle
2. Pathol a person suffering from gigantism
References in periodicals archive ?
In The Giantess, to the left of the black panel on which the poem is inscribed, is the woman--naked, arms behind her head, in a frontal, semi-profile view, and she is standing on the floorboards, one arm touching the ceiling.
Carmi (voiced by Hezkel Lazarov, because "Carmi" like "Boaz" wished not to be recognized), an old school-friend of Folman's, recalls the weirdly party-like atmosphere on the transport boat over, and a bizarre dream of his own in which a beautiful giantess carried him off into the sea.
Whenever the story mentions the giantess Jorth, all the class turn to look at their classmate with the same name.
In one scene Bhimsena elopes with a giantess and sleeps for six months.
The apron of the giantess (Barcloddiad Y Gawres)--a megalithic burial tomb located on the west coast--is a very fascinating place to visit.
Accounts there of man-eating mice as big as cats, whirlpools, a dead giantess over 100 feet long, lavahurling volcanoes, icebergs with tops' near the firmament', sea monsters, and fragrant isles of fruit and berries suggest scenarios for a Hollywood epic.
In a similar manner, McCullers voices her criticism against constraining gender norms, using the magical atmosphere in The Ballad of the Sad Card to bring into existence a giantess, a strong, handsome man, and a mischievous, weak dwarf.
It's buffeted by strong gusts, but offers a sweeping vista: to the left, the Baja peninsula's Sierra de la Giganta, rugged mountains clearly created out of the epic violence of geology, if not the battling giantess of myth; blue Canal de San Jose stretching northward; and at right, Isla San Jose, with an emerald peninsula jutting into the canal.
Goya's energetic notations record such diverse phenomena of life in Bordeaux as the "shoulder chair"--an odd conveyance in which a human beast of burden carries his passenger in a sort of box strapped to his back--or a giantess at a fair, who is presented with remarkable sympathy.
Thus she stood there, this woman, a sort of giantess against the backdrop of a setting summer's dusk.
On the young lady screaming, as well she might, the phantom giantess vanished" O'Donnell states that the spectre was supposed to be that of a woman who had made a bet she could jump her horse over a high hedge at Red Bank but had died in the attempt.