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 (sī′klə-pē′ən, sī-klō′pē-)
1. often Cyclopean Relating to or suggestive of a Cyclops: a great Cyclopean monocle.
2. Very big; huge: has a cyclopean ego.
3. Of or constituting a primitive style of masonry characterized by the use of massive stones of irregular shape and size.


(ˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːən; saɪˈkləʊpɪən)
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) of, relating to, or resembling the Cyclops
2. (Architecture) denoting, relating to, or having the kind of masonry used in preclassical Greek architecture, characterized by large dry undressed blocks of stone


(ˌsaɪ kləˈpi ən, saɪˈklɒp i ən)

1. of or resembling the Cyclopes: a Cyclopean eye.
2. (sometimes l.c.) gigantic; vast.
3. (usu. l.c.) formed with or containing large, undressed stones fitted together without mortar.
[1635–45; < Latin Cyclōpē(us) (< Greek Kyklṓpeios, adj. derivative of Kýklōps Cyclops) + -an1]


Built using massive, irregularly-shaped, uncemented blocks of stone, as was common in pre-classical ancient Greek architecture.
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Adj.1.cyclopean - of or relating to or resembling the Cyclops; "Cyclopean eye"


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They make one feel to what a degree architecture is a primitive thing, by demonstrating (what is also demonstrated by the cyclopean vestiges, the pyramids of Egypt, the gigantic Hindoo pagodas) that the greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation's effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius; the deposit left by a whole people; the heaps accumulated by centuries; the residue of successive evaporations of human society,--in a word, species of formations.
The engineering difficulties were great, the dredging and filling a cyclopean task.
President Barbicane and the members of the Gun Club warmly congratulated their engineer Murchison; the cyclopean work had been accomplished with extraordinary rapidity.
The day was glowing hot, and the scrambling over the rough surface and through the intricate thickets, was very fatiguing; but I was well repaid by the strange Cyclopean scene.
And how my hatred for him grew and grew, during that fearful time, to cyclopean dimensions.
The rocky islets lay on the sea like the heaps of a cyclopean ruin on a plain; the centipedes and scorpions lurked un der the stones; there was not a single blade of grass in sight anywhere, not a single lizard sunning him self on a boulder by the shore.
Addressing the sacrality linked with prehistoric megalithic and Cyclopean structures, Pozzi (not further identified) argues that it was the devotion and submission to, or perhaps even the fear of, superior beings, the gods or divinified ancestors, that furnished the motivation and strength to large groups of people to carry out the immense works.
And then there are the vast, omnipresent, Cyclopean eyes: television and the Internet.
With its cyclopean dome, it could shoot everything from wide-angle seascapes to portraits of shrimp.
Tati's film startlingly predicts Kubrick's use of a computer's red eye (the cyclopean HAL) in a scene that also offers a Kubrick-esque corridor shot; Tati goes on to merge cubicle-space with camera-space, predicting the West's fascination with closed-circuit television surveillance, which reappears (as videophones and security cameras) throughout the spaceships in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Looking forward to the, er, outrageous shenanigans of Wenlock and Mandeville: two cyclopean drops of steel with a healthy love of sport and a free rein to write on Twitter.
The external (northern) edge of the rockshelter was formed by a monumental wall of cyclopean dry masonry built of conglomerate rocks, of which only the three lowest courses of the small western portion still stand.