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
Comey reportedly kept copious notes detailing his personal interactions with Trump, including the president’s efforts to obstruct the FBI’s investigation of disgraced national security advisor Michael Flynn and the broader Russia inquiry.
Large amounts of archival footage are incorporated, as well as copious photographs, many of them shot by Bell herself (photography being yet another of her talents).
The Penguins, who led the league in scoring, stressed before Game 1 that the best way to keep the Predators at bay was by taking the puck and spending copious amounts of time around Rinne.
Her role, the impetuous Calypso, required copious, full-on nudity.
As for fires, the copious dry grass in the new location has the local authorities anxious about fire hazards – to the point where the event permit was contingent on the group hiring 40 firefighters and four pumper trucks to stand by.
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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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