|n.||1.||A statue of gigantic size. The name was especially applied to certain famous statues in antiquity, as the Colossus of Nero in Rome, the Colossus of Apollo at Rhodes.|
|2.||Any man or beast of gigantic size.|
|Noun||1.||colossus - someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful|
|2.||colossus - a person of exceptional importance and reputation|
|Colossus - (A huge and ancient statue on the Greek island of Rhodes).|
["Breaking the enemy's code", Glenn Zorpette, IEEE Spectrum, September 1987, pp. 47-51.]
2. The computer in the film "Colossus: The Forbin Project". Forbin is the designer of an incredibly sophisticated 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, and after taking safeguards to preserve confidential material, each side agrees to allow it. As soon as the link is established 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.
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