Definition: enormous; marvelous; extraordinary; Ex. prodigious amount/memory
Definition: enormous; marvelous; extraordinary; Ex. prodigious amount/memory
Sentences Containing 'prodigious'
`There is prodigious strength,'I answered him,`in sorrow and despair.'
yes,''said Elizabeth drily;``Mr. Darcy is uncommonly kind to Mr. Bingley, and takes a prodigious deal of care of him.''
The Mississippi is remarkable in still another way its disposition to make prodigious jumps by cutting through narrow necks of land, and thus straightening and shortening itself.
Presently a film of dark smoke appears above one of those remote`points;'instantly a negro drayman, famous for his quick eye and prodigious voice, lifts up the cry,'S t e a m boat a comin'!'
They were choice in their English, and bore themselves with a dignity proper to men of solid means and prodigious reputation as pilots.
Beaver Dam Rock was out in the middle of the river now, and throwing a prodigious`break;'it used to be close to the shore, and boats went down outside of it.
With no cock fighting going on, you could have played the gathering on a stranger for a prayer meeting; and after it began, for a revival provided you blindfolded your stranger for the shouting was something prodigious.
The thirteen mules got away in a body, after a couple of false starts, and scampered off with prodigious spirit.
He was a German lad who did not know enough to come in out of the rain; but he was exasperatingly good, and had a prodigious memory.
These last words produced a prodigious effect on the seaman.
Look at the individuals of the same breed of the pigeon; and see what a prodigious amount of difference there is in the beak of tumblers, in the beak and wattle of carriers, in the carriage and tail of fantails, etc., these being the points now mainly attended to by English fanciers.
It is, however, possible that the long tail of this monkey may be of more service to it as a balancing organ in making its prodigious leaps, than as a prehensile organ.
This process must have been repeated many times, until that prodigious amount of difference between the fertile and sterile females of the same species has been produced which we see in many social insects.
Consider the prodigious vicissitudes of climate during the pleistocene period, which includes the whole glacial epoch, and note how little the specific forms of the inhabitants of the sea have been affected.
Following these came a personage of gigantic stature enveloped rather than clad in a gown of the deepest black, the skirt of which was of prodigious dimensions.
At this instant they struck the awning and lowered the yard with a prodigious rattle.
Mr. Peggotty, to relieve it, took two prodigious lobsters, and an enormous crab, and a large canvas bag of shrimps, out of his pockets, and piled them up in Ham's arms.
In the meantime, I put myself on a short allowance of bear's grease, wholly abandoned scented soap and lavender water, and sold off three waistcoats at a prodigious sacrifice, as being too luxurious for my stern career.
The palpitating greyness grew darker; then--though I was still travelling with prodigious velocity--the blinking succession of day and night, which was usually indicative of a slower pace, returned, and grew more and more marked.
The howl and roar, the rattling of the doors and windows, the rumbling in the chimneys, the apparent rocking of the very house that sheltered me, and the prodigious tumult of the sea, were more fearful than in the morning.
Within each of these was enclosed a prodigious plate of steel; which, by our orders, we obliged him to show us, because we apprehended they might be dangerous engines.
The riders would leap them over my hand, as I held it on the ground; and one of the emperor’s huntsmen, upon a large courser, took my foot, shoe and all; which was indeed a prodigious leap.
And these people thought it a prodigious defect of policy among us, when I told them that our laws were enforced only by penalties, without any mention of reward.
And who knows but that even this prodigious race of mortals might be equally overmatched in some distant part of the world, whereof we have yet no discovery.
I felt my box raised very high in the air, and then borne forward with prodigious speed.
But the greatest curiosity, upon which the fate of the island depends, is a loadstone of a prodigious size, in shape resembling a weaver’s shuttle.
They would often spring, and bound, and leap, with prodigious agility.
With a prodigious noise the door flew open, and the knob slamming against the wall, sent the plaster to the ceiling; and there, good heavens!
As touching Slave-ships meeting, why, they are in such a prodigious hurry, they run away from each other as soon as possible.
In another plate, the prodigious blunder is made of representing the whale with perpendicular flukes.
When the painted canvas cover is clapped on the American line-tub, the boat looks as if it were pulling off with a prodigious great wedding-cake to present to the whales.
It must be borne in mind that all this time we have a Sperm Whale's prodigious head hanging to the Pequod's side.
And by those negations, considered along with the affirmative fact of his prodigious bulk and power, you can best form to yourself the truest, though not the most exhilarating conception of what the most exalted potency is.
Gases are generated in him; he swells to a prodigious magnitude; becomes a sort of animal balloon.
Should any unwarrantably pert young Leviathan coming that way, presume to draw confidentially close to one of the ladies, with what prodigious fury the Bashaw assails him, and chases him away!
He commented 6 times the Tour de France, and he is remembered for his prodigious memory for names of riders.
Other novels followed after the war; in fact he averaged one novel and a collection of short stories a year, a prodigious feat.
The excavation was deemed “prodigious” and is still used as the primary reference for Mimbres Scholars.
Writing for Allmusic, music critic Mark Allen wrote of the album "The prodigious technique, deadpan sense of humor, and infamous singing are all evident less than a minute into the opening tune.
Smashing the warehouse roof open, the organic starship attempts to escape and Turtle briefly manages to halt its progress through a prodigious exertion of his powers, telekinetically seizing it in the air.
Aside from his life work, Tyndale was a prodigious pamphleteer, propounding a Protestant agenda that was significantly more radical than that of his protector, Martin Luther.
His radicalism, prodigious output and written battles with Thomas More eventually led to his capture near Antwerp, after which he was burnt at the stake as a heretic.
Spencer's prodigious output is divided almost equally between enamels and ivory.
Although a prodigious talent when it came to drawing, Veit was not comfortable with oil painting.
Housing and caring for the gods were the obligations of pharaohs, who therefore dedicated prodigious resources to temple construction and maintenance.
Large ones required prodigious resources and employed tens of thousands of priests, craftsmen, and laborers.
Just 5 feet 7 inches tall and nine stone in weight he took wickets at a prodigious rate in the late 1920s in Queensland club cricket.
Torres-Santos was considered a prodigious child, since he started performing professionally while in elementary school.
He was a prodigious and indefatigable worker.
Gifted with prodigious memory, Gangadhar mastered the English alphabet in one day.
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More Vocab Wordsmalapropism - comic misuse of a word; CF. Mrs. Malaprop
recant - disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error; Ex. recant one's faith/a statement
supernumerary - person or thing excess of what is necessary; extra; ADJ: additional to the usual or necessary number
dissident - dissenting (with an opinion, a group, or a government); rebellious; N.
unctuous - oily; bland; insincerely suave
flicker - burn unsteadily or fitfully; move waveringly; N: flickering movement or light; brief sensation; Ex. flicker of excitement
centrifugal - radiating; departing from the center
Epicurean - believing that pleasure is good and suffering is bad and should be avoided; N.
amass - collect (gradually, in a very large amount)
rhapsodize - speak or write in an exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner; Ex. rhapsodize over the beauty of the scenery