[kuh-los-uh s] /kəˈlɒs əs/
noun, plural colossi
[kuh-los-ahy] /kəˈlɒs aɪ/ (Show IPA), colossuses.
(initial capital letter) the legendary bronze statue of Helios at Rhodes.
any statue of gigantic size.
anything , gigantic, or very powerful.
noun (pl) -si (-saɪ), -suses
something very large, esp a statue
“gigantic statue,” late 14c., from Latin colossus “a statue larger than life,” from Greek kolossos “gigantic statue,” of unknown origin, used by Herodotus of giant Egyptian statues, and used by Romans of the bronze Apollo at the entrance to the harbor of Rhodes. Figurative sense of “any thing of awesome greatness or vastness” is from 1794.
(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 underground.
The Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064177).
[mem-non] /ˈmɛm nɒn/ noun 1. Colossus of, (in ancient Egypt) a colossal statue near Thebes said to produce a musical sound when the rays of the early morning sun struck it. Compare . 2. Classical Mythology. an Ethiopian king slain by Achilles in the Trojan War. noun 1. an ancient Egyptian stone monument near Thebes, […]
[kuh-los-tuh-mee] /kəˈlɒs tə mi/ noun, plural colostomies. Surgery. 1. the construction of an artificial opening from the colon through the abdominal wall, thus bypassing a diseased portion of the lower intestine and permitting the passage of intestinal contents. 2. the opening so constructed. /kəˈlɒstəmɪ/ noun (pl) -mies 1. the surgical formation of an opening from […]
- Colostomy bag
colostomy bag n. A receptacle worn over the stoma to collect feces following a colostomy.
[kuh-los-truh m] /kəˈlɒs trəm/ noun 1. a yellowish liquid, especially rich in immune factors, secreted by the mammary gland of female mammals a few days before and after the birth of their young. /kəˈlɒstrəm/ noun 1. the thin milky secretion from the nipples that precedes and follows true lactation. It consists largely of serum and […]