Definition of copious
1a : yielding something abundantly a copious harvest copious springsb : plentiful in number copious references to other writers
2a : full of thought, information, or matter … Shakespeare, whose soul was so copious … — Gilbert Highetb : profuse or exuberant in words, expression, or style a copious talker
3 : present in large quantity : taking place on a large scale copious weeping copious food and drink
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Examples of copious in a Sentence
It was no surprise that spin was more copious than ever during the election campaign. —Michael Kinsley, Time, 25 Dec. 2000–1 Jan. 2001
These pockets of melted rock are rich in silica and release copious amounts of volatile gases that are held under high pressures. —Sandra Blakeslee, New York Times, 7 Apr. 1998
… travelers grew accustomed to having copious helpings of meat when they visited Quimper's inn. —James A. Michener, Texas, 1985
The Constants—ignorant, vulgar, and brash—had copious quantities of dumb luck. —Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Sirens Of Titan, 1959
The storm produced a copious amount of rain.
She sat in the front row and took copious notes during the lecture.
Recent Examples of copious from the Web
Max and Ethan brainstorm ideas for his YA pitch in a frantic cram session involving pizza, tap dancing, and copious amounts of Adderall.
It is based on Bell’s copious correspondence, contemporaries’ views and historical record.
Most people know this standout shrub as the go-to shade specimen, the back row of the mixed border and the filler of copious space.
This mindset helps explain why global nonprofits have a laser-like focus on distributing copious amounts of contraception in Africa, under the guise of human rights.
ISIS’s Libyan branch has been regrouping after losing ground there, the New York Times reported back in March, taking advantage of that country’s present state of anarchy and copious supply of guns and unemployed young men.
Imagine your favorite Chinese takeout place’s sauce with less sugar, more tomato and copious amounts of red pepper.
Homemade raspberry pop tarts, a sausage-and-egg strata with Swiss chard, and a blueberry ricotta tart were on the menu — as were copious glasses of wine.
Hayden gets the bad news from his doctor and makes copious use of marijuana (via his dealer and neighbor Nick Offerman) in a way that is not all medicinal.
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What's the Difference Between copious, ample, and plentiful?
Copious derives from Latin copia ("abundance"), which in turn combines the prefix co- and ops ("wealth" or "power"). "Copious" and "opulent" (also from "ops"), along with "ample," "plentiful," and "abundant," all mean "more than sufficient." "Ample" implies a generous sufficiency to satisfy a particular requirement ("ample proof"). "Copious" puts emphasis upon largeness of supply more than on fullness or richness ("copious toasts to the bride and groom"). "Plentiful" implies a rich, and usually more than sufficient, supply ("a plentiful supply of textbooks"). "Abundant" suggests a greater or richer supply than "plentiful" does ("moved by the abundant offers to help"). But use "opulent" when the supply is both abundant and infused with a richness that allows an extra measure of gratification ("the opulent blossoms of the cherry trees").
Synonym Discussion of copious
COPIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of copious for English Language Learners
: very large in amount or number
COPIOUS Defined for Kids
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