Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or suggestive of a Cyclops: a great Cyclopean monocle.
  • adj. Very big; huge: has a cyclopean ego.
  • adj. Of or constituting a primitive style of masonry characterized by the use of massive stones of irregular shape and size.

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  • adj. Suggestive of a cyclops.
  • adj. Fitted together of huge irregular stones.
  • adj. Massive in stature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the Cyclops; characteristic of the Cyclops; huge; gigantic; vast and rough; massive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to, or exhibiting the characteristics of, any of the legendary Cyclopes.
  • Vast; gigantic: applied to an early style of masonry, sometimes imitated in later ages, constructed of stones either unhewn or more or less irregularly shaped and fitted together, usually polygonal, but in some more recent examples approaching regular horizontal courses, and often presenting joints of very perfect workmanship. Such masonry was fabled to be the work of the Cyclopes. It is remarkable for the immense size of the stones commonly employed, and was most frequently used for the walls of cities and fortresses. The walls of Tiryns, near Nauplia, in Greece, mentioned by Homer, are a good specimen of Cyclopean masonry. The remains of these walls consist of three courses, of which the stones, measuring from 6 to 9 feet long, from 3 to 4 feet wide, and from 2 to 3 feet deep, are rudely shaped, irregular masses piled on one another. Examples of Cyclopean work occur in Greece, Italy, Asia Minor, and elsewhere. The more primitive Cyclopean masonry in Greece, roughly built of stones entirely unhewn, the spaces between the larger stones being filled with smaller ones, is often termed Pelasgic.

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  • adj. of or relating to or resembling the Cyclops

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Examples

  • The cyclopean has been a /shite/ chancellor, he might be okay at math but has the economic grasp of a 10 year old, he never realises the human ramifications of his policies, he is the very definition of the C word you will not let me use here.

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  • The only form of the arch observed, is that called the cyclopean arch, which is made by one course of stones overlapping another, till the two walls meet, and

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  • Do you ever lay awake at night dreaming of ways to introduce the word "cyclopean" into everyday speech?

    The Lovecraft News Network

  • As far as I know there is not an exact Danish match to "cyclopean" but I would say a good substitute would be "enormt."

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • It seems that this latter material was mostly used in the almost "cyclopean" defensive walls of D├╝zen, while smaller beige limestone bocks were used for walls of buildings.

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  • Bellegra, a prehistoric fastness with some traces of "cyclopean" defences.

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  • It boasts the conventional prison gateway, the solid-looking, nail-studded door, the low, worn archway which the better deserves the qualification "cyclopean," because the jailer's peephole or _judas_ looks out like a single eye from the front of the building.

    Eve and David

  • The engineering difficulties were great, the dredging and filling a cyclopean task.

    Chapter XX

  • Colossal enterprises will be projected and carried through, and combinations of capital and federations of labor be effected on a cyclopean scale.

    THE QUESTION OF THE MAXIMUM

  • Beyond this, a cyclopean city of alien magnitude - the many million year old remnants of a race known in the pages of the fabled pnakotic manuscipts as the Elder ones.

    Archive 2009-01-01

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