cyclopean (also cyclopian) ADJECTIVE 1) of or resembling a Cyclops. 2) (of ancient masonry) made with massive irregular blocks.

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  • Cyclopean — Cy clo*pe an (s? kl? p? an), a. [L. Cyclopeus, Gr. ?????, fr. ????? Cyclops: cf. F. cyclopeen.] Pertaining to the Cyclops; characteristic of the Cyclops; huge; gigantic; vast and rough; massive; as, Cyclopean labors; Cyclopean architecture. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cyclopean — index prodigious (enormous) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cyclopean — 1640s, from L. cyclopeus, from Gk. kyklopeios, from kyklopes (see CYCLOPS (Cf. cyclops)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cyclopean — *huge, vast, immense, enormous, elephantine, mammoth, giant, gigantic, gigantean, colossal, gargantuan, Herculean, titanic, Brobdingnagian …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Cyclopean — [sī΄klō pe′ən, sī΄kləpē ən; sī klō′pē ən] adj. [< L Cyclopeus < Gr Kyklōpeios < Kyklōps, CYCLOPS + AN] 1. of the Cyclopes 2. [c ] huge; gigantic; enormous; massive …   English World dictionary

  • Cyclopean — /suy kleuh pee euhn, suy klop ee euhn/, adj. 1. of or characteristic of the Cyclops. 2. (sometimes l.c.) gigantic; vast. 3. (usually l.c.) Archit., Building Trades. formed with or containing large, undressed stones fitted closely together without …   Universalium

  • Cyclopean —    Gigantic, vast and rough; massive. Cyclopean architecture is a method of stone construction using large, irregular blocks without mortar. Also see colossus and colossal, dolmen, mass, rustication, and size …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • Cyclopean — Cy•clo•pe•an [[t]ˌsaɪ kləˈpi ən, saɪˈklɒp i ən[/t]] adj. 1) myt of or resembling the Cyclopes: a Cyclopean eye[/ex] 2) (sometimes l.c.) gigantic; vast 3) bui archit. (usu. l.c.) formed with or containing large, undressed stones fitted together… …   From formal English to slang

  • Cyclopean masonry — is a type of stonework found in Mycenaean architecture, built with huge limestone boulders, roughly fitted together with minimal clearance between adjacent stones and no use of mortar. The boulders typically are unworked, but sometimes are worked …   Wikipedia

  • Cyclopean image — is a single mental image of a scene created by the brain by combining two images received from the two eyes. The mental process behind construction of the Cyclopean image is crucial to stereo vision. Autostereograms take advantage of this process …   Wikipedia

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