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Definition something that is exceedingly large — absolutely or relative to its kind


older usage:  a large sea monster or whale

As a proper noun, Leviathan typically refers to a biblical sea monster, or to a famous 17th-century book written by philosopher Thomas Hobbes. The book was also entitled Leviathan, having been named after the biblical sea monster.
  • We were assigned the leviathan of textbooks.
leviathan = largest
  • She fears leviathans of the deep.
  • leviathans = large sea monsters or whales
  • [W]ith a full grown leviathan this is impossible; for the sperm whale's head embraces nearly one third of his entire bulk...
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • leviathan = whale
  • It is a leviathan among air craft carriers.
  • leviathan = giant
  • Then the sleeping leviathan breathed out, the waters rose, the weed streamed, and the water boiled over the table rock with a roar.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • leviathan = sea monster (figuratively)
  • All the monsters of the depths were covered in scars from battles with their brother leviathans. Not him. He was smooth all over, for none dared to cross his ancient power.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • leviathans = giant sea monsters
  • For not by hook or by net could this vast leviathan be caught,
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • leviathan = something exceedingly large
  •   "Leviathans?"
      I was glad to see him pale a little.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • leviathans = giant sea monsters
  • Whatever Athena can summon storms, leviathans, a split hull.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • leviathans = giant sea monsters
  • Huge, ghostly leviathans slithering up the hillside, nightworms squirming out of their burrows, pressing their blind faces to my door.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • leviathans = giant sea monsters
  • They were golden and huge as leviathans, their rails carved from ivory and horn.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • leviathans = giant sea monsters
  • I think it is where his wildness went, for every tale was filled with outlandish creatures: griffins and leviathans and chimeras who came to feed from his hands, whom he led on adventures or else bested with clever stratagems.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • leviathans = giant sea monsters
  • As if leviathan leaped for the hook and fell back threshing.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
    The Bible  --  Job
  • His fingers twitched and the leviathan within him began to stir once again.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • AS WE APPROACH, the complex seems to rise from the snow like a leviathan from the deep.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It is followed by another and another, and then, like some leviathan of the deep, Circe rises from the well, pink and alive.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • It lifts whales—huge leviathans and white jellies, what is amorphous and wandering; I detect, I perceive.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • But to the Japanese, the swift leviathans were terrifying, inspiring the graffiti that Louie had seen.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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