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.

    • ‘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!’
    • ‘He was one of the Titans, the children of Gaia and Ouranos, Earth and Sky.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A person or thing of very great strength, intellect, or importance.
      ‘a titan of American industry’
      • ‘Some say he is ‘a titan of three-chord classic rock’.’
      • ‘Abrams is a titan - you don't run groundbreaking shows by rolling over and toeing the company line.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He saw himself as a titan, a giant among his peers, towering above the rest of the pack.’
      • ‘He was a titan in America's steel, aluminum, and magnesium industries and was even involved in health care.’
      • ‘He is a titan of a man and is the best runner I know apart from Colin Jackson whom I met once.’
      • ‘Elvis was a titan, a heroic everyman, an emblem of America's true greatness.’
      • ‘If this monstrous juggernaut of metal and circuitry wasn't a titan, he didn't know what was.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rather, we give you the handful of interesting links that will, in time, make you a titan of convergence.’
      • ‘This show made it clear that before he became a titan of avant-garde theater, Beck was a painter of force and poetic invention.’
      • ‘The 1919 winner of the award at the age of 49 was Marcel Proust, a titan in French literature of that age.’
      • ‘The other is a titan of British acting, whose friends include Neil Tennant and Lily Savage.’
      • ‘He was a titan on the stage; he was also an outstanding teacher.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To get a sense of Powell's post-government marketability, I paid a visit to a titan of that industry, Nels Olson.’
      • ‘Where once he was a titan, today he appears to have lost political and personal bearings.’
      • ‘Dan has returned from his vacation: rested, refreshed and ready to resume his rightful place as a titan of the blogosphere.’
      giant, mammoth, colossus, leviathan, behemoth, titan, brobdingnagian, monstrosity
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  • 2Astronomy
    The largest satellite of Saturn, the fifteenth closest to the planet, discovered by C. Huygens in 1655, and having a diameter of 3,200 miles (5,150 km). It is unique in having a hazy atmosphere of nitrogen, and methane and other hydrocarbons.