Flashcards in L10-Adjectives Deck (21)
very small and therefore unable to be seen or felt;
almost impossible to see or notice
Such changes are imperceptible to even the best-trained eye.
extremely large in area, size, amount, etc.
a vast area of forest * a vast crowd * a vast amount of information *
adjective (ALSO astronomic)
describes an amount which is extremely large:
an astronomical rent/bill/price/fee
an enormous car/house
He earns an enormous salary.
I was absolutely enormous when I was pregnant.
You've been an enormous help.
All she gave him to eat was two minuscule pieces of toast.
extremely large in size or degree:
They spent an immense amount of time getting the engine into perfect condition.
so large or great that it cannot be measured or known exactly:
Her films had an immeasurable effect on a generation of Americans.
colossal /kəˈlɒs.əl/ US /-ˈlɑː.səl/
In the centre of the hall stood a colossal wooden statue, decorated in ivory and gold.
They were asking a colossal amount of money for the house.
adjective INFORMAL HUMOROUS
The helpings you get in the office canteen are microscopic!
a minute amount/quantity
I've never seen a man with such tiny hands - they're minute!
The documentary showed an eye operation in minute detail (= showing every small detail).
1 lasting only a short time or containing few words:
His acceptance speech was mercifully brief.
I had a brief look at her report before the meeting.
It'll only be a brief visit because we really haven't much time.
After a brief spell/stint in the army, he started working as a teacher.
The company issued a brief statement about yesterday's accident.
2 used to express how quickly time goes past:
For a few brief weeks we were very happy.
brief or quick:
a fleeting glimpse
This is just a fleeting visit.
a fleeting glimpse / smile * a fleeting moment of happiness * We paid a fleeting visit to Paris.
continuing for a long time:
Prolonged use of the drug is known to have harmful side-effects.
prolonged exposure to the sun
a prolonged period of time
continuing for a long time
a period of sustained economic development
a sustained attack on the government
lasting for only a short time; temporary:
A glass of whisky has only a transient warming effect.
The city has a large transient population (= many people who are living in it only temporarily).
lasting for a long time or made to last longer:
a protracted argument/discussion
continuing for a long time:
a lengthy discussion/process
Many airline passengers face lengthy delays because of the strike.
a : continuing only a moment : FLEETING b : having a very brief life.
She was momentarily confused by the foreign road signs.
existing for a long time:
the enduring appeal of cartoons
I shall be left with many enduring memories of the time I spent in India.
continuing to exist for a long time or forever:
Few observers believe that the treaty will bring a lasting peace to the region.
Did any of your teachers make a lasting impression on you?
The tablets make you feel better for a while but the effect isn't (long-)lasting.