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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.
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(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
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(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]
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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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President Barbicane and the members of the Gun Club warmly congratulated their engineer Murchison; the cyclopean work had been accomplished with extraordinary rapidity.
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.
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.
Verily, I could do little more than hurl rocks at the evil eye, the cyclopean devil perched high above home plate.
at a glance, with his naked eye" (Martin Chuzzlewit 353) is made literal in the novel, as dimsighted characters can see--like Tom Pinch, who has "not a very bright eye" (471), having "read himself half blind" in the Pecksniff establishment (474), who habitually stares about himself "in all directions but the right one" (646), and is assumed by his fellow pupils to descend from cyclopean parentage (474).
The off-centre bay, moreover, seems Cyclopean. But some winters may well soften the effect of the Hood, and perhaps some vines will be allowed to creep across--a few tendrils have already arrived when I visit.
Public executions take place before its unblinking cyclopean rose-window eye.
In vivid detail Gaddis traces the forgotten knowledge of the megalithic stone builders; the vast networks of subterranean tunnels and caverns where hoards of Incan gold still lie hidden; the cyclopean ruins of Tiahuanaco and cities lost deep in the Amazonian jungle; and legends of the world-wide cataclysms that destroyed these pre-historic civilizations.
you feel his discreet omnipotent presence within, his cyclopean eye