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massive

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adjective mas·sive \ˈma-siv\

Simple Definition of massive

  • : very large and heavy

  • : large in amount or degree

  • : very severe

Full Definition of massive

  1. 1 :  forming or consisting of a large mass: a :  bulky b :  weighty, heavy <massive walls> <a massive volume> c :  impressively large or ponderous d :  having no regular form but not necessarily lacking crystalline structure <massive sandstone>

  2. 2 a :  large, solid, or heavy in structure <massive jaw> b :  large in scope or degree <the feeling of frustration, of being ineffectual, is massive — David Halberstam> c (1) :  large in comparison to what is typical <a massive dose of penicillin> (2) :  being extensive and severe <massive hemorrhage> (3) :  imposing in excellence or grandeur <massive simplicity>

  3. 3 :  having mass <a massive boson>

mas·sive·ly adverb
mas·sive·ness noun

Examples of massive

  1. The fort had massive walls.

  2. stars more massive than the sun

  3. A massive effort will be required to clean up the debris.

  4. You can find a massive amount of information on the Internet.

  5. The stunt received massive publicity.

  6. a massive collection of baseball cards



Origin of massive

Middle English massiffe, from Anglo-French mascif, alteration of massiz, from Vulgar Latin *massicius, from Latin massa mass


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with massive


MASSIVE Defined for Kids

massive

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adjective mas·sive \ˈma-siv\

Definition of massive

  1. :  very large, heavy, and solid <a massive ship>




Medical Dictionary

massive

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adjective mas·sive \ˈmas-iv\

Medical Definition of massive

  1. 1:  large in comparison to what is typical—used especially of medical dosage or of an infective agent <a massive dose of penicillin>

  2. 2:  being extensive and severe—used of a pathologic condition <a massive hemorrhage> <a massive collapse of a lung>





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