Definition of Titan in English:


proper noun

  • 1Greek Mythology
    Any of the older gods who preceded the Olympians and were the children of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaia (Earth). Led by Cronus, they overthrew Uranus; Cronus' son, Zeus, then rebelled against his father and eventually defeated the Titans.

    • ‘In Greek mythology, he had been torn apart by Titans but was always regenerated, like the vines in spring.’
    • ‘They survived the war between the Titans and the Olympians and became servants of Zeus.’
    • ‘He was one of the Titans, the children of Gaia and Ouranos, Earth and Sky.’
    • ‘The rest of Saturn's moons are named after individual Titans like Enceladus and Mimas.’
    • ‘Thrust it down, below the depths of Tartarus, into the lightless prison of the Titans!’
    1. 1.1A person or thing of very great strength, intellect, or importance.
      ‘a titan of American industry’
      • ‘The charismatic and determined CEO who set out to build a titan has now assumed a defensive posture and is working to keep her creation in one piece.’
      • ‘This show made it clear that before he became a titan of avant-garde theater, Beck was a painter of force and poetic invention.’
      • ‘Elvis was a titan, a heroic everyman, an emblem of America's true greatness.’
      • ‘To get a sense of Powell's post-government marketability, I paid a visit to a titan of that industry, Nels Olson.’
      • ‘Covering a titan like Bowie is always dangerous, but Jorge rises to the task and manages to make the songs his own.’
      • ‘Rather, we give you the handful of interesting links that will, in time, make you a titan of convergence.’
      • ‘The 1919 winner of the award at the age of 49 was Marcel Proust, a titan in French literature of that age.’
      • ‘He was a titan in America's steel, aluminum, and magnesium industries and was even involved in health care.’
      • ‘Some say he is ‘a titan of three-chord classic rock’.’
      • ‘Once finished, a titan claws its way from the ground and starts off on a tear towards your enemy's town, where it slaughters anything in its path.’
      • ‘Dan has returned from his vacation: rested, refreshed and ready to resume his rightful place as a titan of the blogosphere.’
      • ‘Where once he was a titan, today he appears to have lost political and personal bearings.’
      • ‘The other is a titan of British acting, whose friends include Neil Tennant and Lily Savage.’
      • ‘Abrams is a titan - you don't run groundbreaking shows by rolling over and toeing the company line.’
      • ‘He was a titan on the stage; he was also an outstanding teacher.’
      • ‘The guy is a titan of jazz piano and you couldn't have asked for a greater contrast with this gig.’
      • ‘He saw himself as a titan, a giant among his peers, towering above the rest of the pack.’
      • ‘Clarke Carlisle, a titan in the Leeds rearguard, cut it out at the expense of a corner, and the tone for what followed was set.’
      • ‘He is a titan of a man and is the best runner I know apart from Colin Jackson whom I met once.’
      • ‘If this monstrous juggernaut of metal and circuitry wasn't a titan, he didn't know what was.’
  • 2Astronomy
    The largest satellite of Saturn (diameter 5,150 km), the fifteenth closest to the planet, discovered by C. Huygens in 1655. It is unique in having a hazy atmosphere of nitrogen, methane, and oily hydrocarbons.