from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of unusual size, power, or difficulty.
- adj. Greek & Roman Mythology Of or relating to Hercules.
- adj. Greek & Roman Mythology Resembling Hercules.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of extraordinary might, power, size, etc.; of or relating to Hercules in size or strength.
- adj. Requiring a huge amount of work; of extraordinary difficulty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Requiring the strength of Hercules; hence, very great, difficult, or dangerous.
- adj. Having extraordinary strength or size.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or relating to Hercules: as, the twelve Herculean labors; the Herculean myth.
- [cap. or lowercase] Resembling Hercules in size, strength, or courage; appropriate to the attributes of Hercules: as, a herculean athlete; a herculean fist.
- [cap. or lowercase] Very difficult or dangerous: in allusion to the Herculean labors: as, a herculean task.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules
- adj. displaying superhuman strength or power
Moses; and he wrote not merely amid the cares and duties of a great public office, with other labors which might be called Herculean, but even amid pains of disease and the infirmities of age, -- when rest, to most people, is the greatest boon and solace of their lives.
Thus concerns for these foreign components are merely to prove Musharraf as a patriotic and large hearted Pakistani who could be a part of track II diplomacy but to make Lilliputian Pakistani politicians unmistakable for their so-called Herculean power.
"Herculean" is the word that comes to mind when you think of Harry Reid.
To spare CoffeeHousers the details about how our PM is "brimming with ideas" and how he puts in "Herculean" 12-hour days, here's the key passage from towards the end of the article:
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says it will take a quote, "Herculean" effort to get the voters motivated.
(Soundbite of song, "Herculean") Mr. ALBARN: (Singing) And the medicine man is here 24-7.
I will tell you the tale of my wanderings and of the "Herculean" labors, as I may call them, which I endured only to find at last the oracle irrefutable.
I will tell you the tale of my wanderings and of the 'Herculean' labours, as I may call them, which I endured only to find at last the oracle irrefutable.
But he credited teams for their "Herculean" efforts in selling tickets and sponsorships in a tough economy, and gate revenue is a portion of the "basketball-related income" formula that helps determine the cap.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Bromwich faces a "Herculean" task in revamping the regulatory agency and urged Salazar to resist "enormous" pressure "to go back to business as usual."