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Dictionary Definition

tall adj
1 great in vertical dimension; high in stature; "tall people"; "tall buildings"; "tall trees"; "tall ships" [ant: short]
2 lofty in style; "he engages in so much tall talk, one never really realizes what he is saying" [syn: grandiloquent, magniloquent]
3 impressively difficult; "a tall order" [syn: tall(a)]
4 too improbable to admit of belief; "a tall story" [syn: improbable, marvelous, marvellous, tall(a)]

User Contributed Dictionary




en-adj er
  1. (of a building, etc.) Having its top a long way up; having a great vertical (and often greater than horizontal) extent; high.
  2. In the context of "of a person": Having a vertical extent greater than the average. For example. over 6 foot is generally considered tall.
  3. In the context of "of a story": hard to tall story, tall tale.
  4. In the context of "of a cup of coffee": A cup of coffee smaller than grande, usually 8 ounces. (Chiefly American)





  1. laugh at
  2. mock



Latin talea








  1. number (abstract entity)




  1. a tree, Pinus sylvestris.


Extensive Definition

Gigantism or giantism, (from Greek gigas, gigantas "giant") is a condition characterized by excessive growth and height significantly above average. As a medical term, gigantism refers to the rare condition of pituitary gigantism due to prepubertal growth hormone excess. There is no precise definition of the degree of height that qualifies a person to be termed a "giant." The term has been typically applied to those whose height is not just in the upper 1% of the population but several standard deviations above mean for persons of the same sex, age, and ethnic ancestry. Typical adult heights of Americans of European descent to whom the term might be applied are 2.10 - 2.40 metres (7 - 8 feet). The term is seldom applied to those whose heights appear to be the healthy result of normal genetics and nutrition.

Etymology and terminology

Other names somewhat obsolete for this pathology are hypersomia (Greek: hyper over the normal level; soma body) and somatomegaly (Greek; soma body, object pronoun somatos of the body; megas, megalos great).


tall in German: Riesenwuchs
tall in Modern Greek (1453-): Γιγαντισμός
tall in Estonian: Gigantism
tall in Spanish: Gigantismo
tall in Finnish: Jättikasvu
tall in French: Gigantisme
tall in Hebrew: ענקיות
tall in Indonesian: Gigantisme
tall in Italian: Gigantismo
tall in Japanese: 巨人症
tall in Polish: Gigantyzm
tall in Portuguese: Gigantismo pituitário
tall in Russian: Гигантизм
tall in Swedish: Gigantism

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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