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ENOR'MOUS, a. [L. enormis; e and norma, a rule.]

1. Going beyond the usual measure or rule.

Enormous in their gait.

2. Excursive; beyond the limits of a regular figure.

The enormous part of the light in the circumference of every lucid point.

3. Great beyond the common measure; excessive; as enormous crime or guilt.

4. Exceeding, in bulk or highth, the common measure; as an enormous form; a man of enormous size.

5. Irregular; confused; disordered; unusual.



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ENOR'MOUS, a. [L. enormis; e and norma, a rule.]

1. Going beyond the usual measure or rule.

Enormous in their gait.

2. Excursive; beyond the limits of a regular figure.

The enormous part of the light in the circumference of every lucid point.

3. Great beyond the common measure; excessive; as enormous crime or guilt.

4. Exceeding, in bulk or highth, the common measure; as an enormous form; a man of enormous size.

5. Irregular; confused; disordered; unusual.

E-NOR'MOUS, a. [L. enormis; e and norma, a rule.]

  1. Going beyond the usual measure or rule. Enormous in their gait. Milton.
  2. Excursive; beyond the limits of a regular figure. The enormous part of the light in the circumference of every lucid point. Newton.
  3. Great beyond the common measure; excessive; as, enormous crime or guilt.
  4. Exceeding, in bulk or highth, the common measure; as, an enormous farm; a man of enormous size.
  5. Irregular; confused; disordered; unusual. Shak.

E*nor"mous
  1. Exceeding the usual rule, norm, or measure; out of due proportion; inordinate; abnormal.

    "Enormous bliss." Milton. "This enormous state." Shak. "The hoop's enormous size." Jenyns.

    Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait. Milton.

  2. Exceedingly wicked; outrageous; atrocious; monstrous; as, an enormous crime.

    That detestable profession of a life so enormous. Bale.

    Syn. -- Huge; vast; immoderate; immense; excessive; prodigious; monstrous. -- Enormous, Immense, Excessive. We speak of a thing as enormous when it overpasses its ordinary law of existence or far exceeds its proper average or standard, and becomes -- so to speak -- abnormal in its magnitude, degree, etc.; as, a man of enormous strength; a deed of enormous wickedness. Immense expresses somewhat indefinitely an immeasurable quantity or extent. Excessive is applied to what is beyond a just measure or amount, and is always used in an evil; as, enormous size; an enormous crime; an immense expenditure; the expanse of ocean is immense. "Excessive levity and indulgence are ultimately excessive rigor." V. Knox. "Complaisance becomes servitude when it is excessive." La Rochefoucauld (Trans).

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Enormous

ENOR'MOUS, adjective [Latin enormis; e and norma, a rule.]

1. Going beyond the usual measure or rule.

Enormous in their gait.

2. Excursive; beyond the limits of a regular figure.

The enormous part of the light in the circumference of every lucid point.

3. Great beyond the common measure; excessive; as enormous crime or guilt.

4. Exceeding, in bulk or highth, the common measure; as an enormous form; a man of enormous size.

5. Irregular; confused; disordered; unusual.

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