1. A man of extraordinari bulk and stature. "Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise."

2. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.

3. Any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power. Giant's Causeway, a vast collection of basaltic pillars, in the county of Antrim on the northern coast of Ireland.

Origin: OE. Giant, geant, geaunt, OF. Jaiant, geant, F. Geant, L. Gigas, fr. Gr, from the root of E. Gender, genesis. See Gender, and cf. Gigantic.

Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. Giant cell.

<anatomy> A very large African heron (Ardeomega goliath). It is the largest heron known. Giant kettle, a pothole of very large dimensions, as found in Norway in connection with glaciers. See Pothole. Giant powder. See Nitroglycerin.

<botany> Giant puffball, one of several species of very large squids, belonging to Architeuthis and allied genera. Some are over forty feet long.

(01 Mar 1998)