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le·vi·a·than

 (lə-vī′ə-thən)
n.
1. Something unusually large of its kind, especially a ship.
2. A very large animal, especially a whale.
3. A monstrous sea creature mentioned in the Bible.

[Middle English, huge biblical sea creature, from Late Latin, from Hebrew liwyātān; see lwy in Semitic roots.]

leviathan

(lɪˈvaɪəθən)
n
1. (Bible) Bible a monstrous beast, esp a sea monster
2. any huge or powerful thing
[C14: from Late Latin, ultimately from Hebrew liwyāthān, of obscure origin]

le•vi•a•than

(lɪˈvaɪ ə θən)

n.
1. (often cap.) (in the Bible) a sea monster.
2. any huge marine animal, as the whale.
3. something of immense size or power.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin « Hebrew liwyāthān]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leviathan - the largest or most massive thing of its kindleviathan - the largest or most massive thing of its kind; "it was a leviathan among redwoods"; "they were assigned the leviathan of textbooks"
freak, lusus naturae, monstrosity, monster - a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
2.leviathan - monstrous sea creature symbolizing evil in the Old Testament
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth

leviathan

noun monster, whale, mammoth, Titan, hulk, colossus, behemoth It's a leviathan of a book.

leviathan

noun
One that is extraordinarily large and powerful:
Slang: whopper.
Translations
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jättiläismäinenjättimäinensuunnatonvaltava

leviathan

[lɪˈvaɪəθən] N (Bible) → leviatán m; (= ship) → buque m enorme

leviathan

nLeviathan m, → Meerungeheuer nt; (fig)Gigant m; (= state)Leviathan m
References in classic literature ?
But, with a full grown leviathan this is impossible; for the sperm whale's head embraces nearly one third of his entire bulk, and completely to suspend such a burden as that, even by the immense tackles of a whaler, this were as vain a thing as to attempt weighing a Dutch barn in jewellers' scales The Pequod's whale being decapitated and the body stripped, the head was hoisted against the ship's side --about half way out of the sea, so that it might yet in great part be buoyed up by its native element.
I wish to be a better man than I have been, than I am; as Job's leviathan broke the spear, the dart, and the habergeon, hindrances which others count as iron and brass, I will esteem but straw and rotten wood.
Keeping his footing on the heaving deck by clutching the bulwarks, my brother looked past this charging leviathan at the Martians again, and he saw the three of them now close together, and standing so far out to sea that their tripod supports were almost entirely submerged.
We know how easily the great Leviathan may be led, when once there is a hook in his nose or a bridle in his jaws.
The fog seemed to break away as though split by a wedge, and the bow of a steamboat emerged, trailing fog-wreaths on either side like seaweed on the snout of Leviathan.
The grease and chemicals that are poured into it undergo all sorts of strange transformations, which are the cause of its name; it is constantly in motion, as if huge fish were feeding in it, or great leviathans disporting themselves in its depths.
And it is as much a world's wonder, to men and women of imagination, as the steel mills of Homestead or the turbine leviathans that curve across the Atlantic Ocean in four and a half days.
Before me the sun, moon, and stars, Behind me the phoenix doth clang; In the morning I lash my leviathans, And I bathe my feet in Fusang.
Out of the school perhaps he would reach a score of the leviathans, his bullets biting into them like whip-lashes, so that each, like a colt surprised by the stock-whip, would leap in the air, or with a flirt of tail dive under the surface, and then charge madly across the ocean and away from sight in a foam-churn of speed.
When she had exhibited these leviathans of public announcement to the astonished child, she brought forth specimens of the lesser fry in the shape of hand-bills, some of which were couched in the form of parodies on popular melodies, as 'Believe me if all Jarley's wax-work so rare'--'I saw thy show in youthful prime'--'Over the water to Jarley;' while, to consult all tastes, others were composed with a view to the lighter and more facetious spirits, as a parody on the favourite air of 'If I had a donkey,' beginning
TOO many unknowns make it hard to predict how Cyprus' gas plans are affected by the deal announced on Thursday between Israel and Noble-Delek for the development of the Leviathan field.
AUSTIN, Texas, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- At a May 2 fundraiser at Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois, Texas children's book author Lisa Roberts will be one of the first people to tour a recreated reproduction of Leviathan 63, President Abraham Lincoln's steam locomotive and his ornate funeral car that bore the body of the assassinated president home 150 years ago.