One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They survived the war between the Titans and the Olympians and became servants of Zeus.’
- ‘Thrust it down, below the depths of Tartarus, into the lightless prison of the Titans!’
- 1.1as noun a titan A person or thing of very great strength, intellect, or importance.‘a titan of American industry’
giant, mammoth, colossus, leviathan, behemoth, titan, brobdingnagian, monstrosityView synonyms
- ‘This show made it clear that before he became a titan of avant-garde theater, Beck was a painter of force and poetic invention.’
- ‘Rather, we give you the handful of interesting links that will, in time, make you a titan of convergence.’
- ‘Where once he was a titan, today he appears to have lost political and personal bearings.’
- ‘He was a titan on the stage; he was also an outstanding teacher.’
- ‘He saw himself as a titan, a giant among his peers, towering above the rest of the pack.’
- ‘To get a sense of Powell's post-government marketability, I paid a visit to a titan of that industry, Nels Olson.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Dan has returned from his vacation: rested, refreshed and ready to resume his rightful place as a titan of the blogosphere.’
- ‘Some say he is ‘a titan of three-chord classic rock’.’
- ‘The 1919 winner of the award at the age of 49 was Marcel Proust, a titan in French literature of that age.’
- ‘Abrams is a titan - you don't run groundbreaking shows by rolling over and toeing the company line.’
- ‘If this monstrous juggernaut of metal and circuitry wasn't a titan, he didn't know what was.’
- ‘He was a titan in America's steel, aluminum, and magnesium industries and was even involved in health care.’
- ‘The other is a titan of British acting, whose friends include Neil Tennant and Lily Savage.’
- ‘He is a titan of a man and is the best runner I know apart from Colin Jackson whom I met once.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Elvis was a titan, a heroic everyman, an emblem of America's true greatness.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Covering a titan like Bowie is always dangerous, but Jorge rises to the task and manages to make the songs his own.’
- ‘The guy is a titan of jazz piano and you couldn't have asked for a greater contrast with this gig.’
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.
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