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mass

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noun \ˈmas\

Definition of mass

  1. 1 capitalized :  the liturgy of the Eucharist especially in accordance with the traditional Latin rite

  2. 2 often capitalized :  a celebration of the Eucharist <Sunday masses held at three different hours>

  3. 3 :  a musical setting for the ordinary of the Mass



Origin and Etymology of mass

Middle English, from Old English mæsse, modification of Vulgar Latin *messa, literally, dismissal at the end of a religious service, from Late Latin missa, from Latin, feminine of missus, past participle of mittere to send


First Known Use: before 12th century


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mass

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Definition of mass

  1. 1 a :  a quantity or aggregate of matter usually of considerable size b (1) :  expanse, bulk (2) :  massive quality or effect (3) :  the main part or body <the great mass of the continent is buried under an ice cap — Walter Sullivan> (4) :  aggregate, whole <men in the mass> c :  the property of a body that is a measure of its inertia and that is commonly taken as a measure of the amount of material it contains and causes it to have weight in a gravitational field

  2. 2 :  a large quantity, amount, or number <a mass of material>

  3. 3 a :  a large body of persons in a group <a mass of spectators> b :  the great body of the people as contrasted with the elite —often used in plural <the underprivileged and disadvantaged masses — C. A. Buss>



Origin and Etymology of mass

Middle English masse, from Anglo-French, from Latin massa, from Greek maza; akin to Greek massein to knead — more at mingle


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of mass

bulk, mass, volume mean the aggregate that forms a body or unit. bulk implies an aggregate that is impressively large, heavy, or numerous <the darkened bulk of the skyscrapers>. mass suggests an aggregate made by piling together things of the same kind <a mass of boulders>. volume applies to an aggregate without shape or outline and capable of flowing or fluctuating <a tremendous volume of water>.

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mass

verb

Simple Definition of mass

  • : to form or gather into a large group

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mass

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to form or collect into a mass

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to assemble in a mass <three thousand students had massed in the plaza — A. E. Neville>

Examples of mass in a sentence

  1. A large crowd of demonstrators massed outside the courthouse.

  2. Clouds were massing on the horizon.

  3. The generals massed their troops.



14th Century

First Known Use of mass

14th century


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mass

adjective

Simple Definition of mass

  • : involving, affecting, or designed for many people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mass

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to the mass of the people <mass market>; also :  being one of or at one with the mass :  average <mass man> b :  participated in by or affecting a large number of individuals <mass destruction> c :  having a large-scale character <mass plantings of tulips>

  2. 2 :  viewed as a whole :  total <the mass effect of a design>

Examples of mass in a sentence

  1. Television is a mass medium.



1733

First Known Use of mass

1733

Rhymes with mass


Mass

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Definition of Mass





MASS Defined for Kids

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mass

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noun \ˈmas\

Definition of mass for Students

  1. 1 :  a large quantity or number <A great mass of people pushed through the gate.>

  2. 2 :  an amount of something that holds or clings together <a mass of clouds>

  3. 3 :  large size :  bulk <an elephant's huge mass>

  4. 4 :  the principal part :  main body <The great mass of voters supported change.>

  5. 5 masses plural :  the body of ordinary or common people <She was a hero to the masses.>




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mass

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verb

Definition of mass for Students

massed

massing

  1. :  to collect into a large body <… the population massed itself and moved toward the river … — Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer>




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mass

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noun , often cap

Definition of mass for Students

  1. :  a religious service in which communion is celebrated




Medical Dictionary

mass

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noun \ˈmas\

Medical Definition of mass

  1. 1:  the property of a body that is a measure of its inertia, that is commonly taken as a measure of the amount of material it contains, that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field, and that along with length and time constitutes one of the fundamental quantities on which all physical measurements are based

  2. 2:  a homogeneous pasty mixture compounded for making pills, lozenges, and plasters <blue mass>




Law Dictionary

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mass

noun

Legal Definition of mass

  1. :  an aggregation of usually similar things (as assets in a succession) considered as a whole




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mass

adjective

Legal Definition of mass

  1. :  participated in by or affecting a large number of individuals <mass insurance underwriting> <mass tort litigation>




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