Pon"der*ous (?), a. [L. ponderosus, from pondus, -eris, a weight: cf. F. pond'ereux. See Ponder.]

1.

Very heavy; weighty; as, a ponderous shield; a ponderous load; the ponderous elephant.

The sepulcher . . . Hath oped his ponderous and marble jaws. Shak.

2.

Important; momentous; forcible.

"Your more ponderous and settled project."

Shak.

3.

Heavy; dull; wanting; lightless or spirit; as, a ponderous style; a ponderous joke.

Ponderous spar Min., heavy spar, or barytes. See Barite.

 

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