im·​men·​si·​ty | \ i-ˈmen(t)-sə-tē How to pronounce immensity (audio) \
plural immensities

Definition of immensity

1 : the quality or state of being immense
2 : something immense

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Examples of immensity in a Sentence

the immensity of the universe She couldn't understand the immensity of their problem.

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In the end, the book’s 83 images are about nothing so much as American immensity, a span of distance both inner and outer., "What Mr. Frank did in that book was to take the leading tradition of American photography — the documentary tradition, with its reverence for the particular, of Timothy O’Sullivan, Lewis Hine, and Walker Evans — and enlarge it: to emblematize the particular and make it mythic.," 11 Sep. 2019 Here’s the draper Baudu: The place would soon be really ridiculous in its immensity; the customers would lose themselves in it. Benedict Evans, WIRED, "Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas," 26 July 2019 The observatory will then share that access with social scientists who might have a specific research project but lack the connections or resources to grapple with the immensity of the data involved. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse," 25 July 2019 One of my real challenges is overcoming the immensity of the space. Laura Johnston,, "Brought to you by Lakeside Chautauqua and Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer approaches first season with passion," 17 July 2019 The region is vast with its few villages lost in the immensity. National Geographic, "Six years after Islamist militants were routed, Mali still struggles with violence," 13 June 2019 As datasets in astronomy become ever larger and combine measurements from many types of telescopes, new techniques are necessary to grapple with the immensity of information. Mara Johnson-groh, Quartz, "Art plays an invaluable role in groundbreaking space discoveries," 8 June 2019 The literature on the Chinese documentary filmmaker Wang Bing teems with terms of immensity. James Quandt, The New York Review of Books, "James Quandt," 22 Nov. 2018 Even the most awe-inspiring mountain vistas pale in comparison with the immensity of this space. Quanta Magazine, "There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape.," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of immensity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of immensity

: extremely great size


im·​men·​si·​ty | \ i-ˈmen-sə-tē How to pronounce immensity (audio) \
plural immensities

Kids Definition of immensity

: extremely great size, amount, or extent

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