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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Colossus \Co*los"sus\, n.; pl. L. Colossi, E. Colossuses.
[L., fr. Gr. ?.]
1. A statue of gigantic size. The name was especially applied
to certain famous statues in antiquity, as the Colossus of
Nero in Rome, the Colossus of Apollo at Rhodes.
He doth bestride the narrow world
Like a colossus. --Shak.
Note: There is no authority for the statement that the legs
of the Colossus at Rhodes extended over the mouth of
the harbor. --Dr. Wm. Smith.
2. Any man or beast of gigantic size.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
[syn: giant, goliath, behemoth, monster,
2: a person of exceptional importance and reputation [syn:
colossus, behemoth, giant, heavyweight, titan]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
68 Moby Thesaurus words for "colossus":
Antaeus, Atlas, Briareus, Brobdingnagian, Charles Atlas, Cyclops,
Goliath, Hercules, Polyphemus, Samson, Superman, Tarzan, Titan,
amazon, antenna tower, barbican, belfry, bell tower, bully,
bullyboy, campanile, column, cupola, derrick, dome, fire tower,
giant, gorilla, lantern, lighthouse, martello, martello tower,
mast, minaret, monument, muscle man, obelisk, observation tower,
pagoda, pilaster, pillar, pinnacle, pole, powerhouse, pylon,
pyramid, shaft, skyscraper, spire, stalwart, standpipe, steeple,
strong man, strong-arm man, stupa, television mast, the mighty,
the strong, titan, tope, tough, tough guy, tour, tower,
tower of strength, turret, water tower, windmill tower
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :
(A huge and ancient statue on the Greek island of Rhodes).
1. The Colossus and Colossus Mark II computers used
by Alan Turing at Bletchley Park, UK during the Second
World War to crack the "Tunny" cipher produced by the Lorenz
SZ 40 and SZ 42 machines. Colossus was a semi-fixed-program
vacuum tube calculator (unlike its near-contemporary, the
freely programmable Z3).
["Breaking the enemy's code", Glenn Zorpette, IEEE Spectrum,
September 1987, pp. 47-51.]
2. The computer in the 1970 film, "Colossus: The Forbin
Project". Forbin is the designer of a computer that will run
all of America's nuclear defences. Shortly after being turned
on, it detects the existence of Goliath, the Soviet
counterpart, previously unknown to US Planners. Both
computers insist that they be linked, whereupon the two become
a new super computer and threaten the world with the immediate
launch of nuclear weapons if they are detached. Colossus
begins to give its plans for the management of the world under
its guidance. Forbin and the other scientists form a
technological resistance to Colossus which must operate
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