immensity

noun
im·​men·​si·​ty | \i-ˈmen(t)-sə-tē \
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 very first room of this intensely dramatic exhibition, curated by Gareth Brereton and containing over 200 extraordinary objects, the British Museum conveys the sheer immensity of the ancient Assyrian empire ruled over by Ashurbanipal. Richard Cork, WSJ, "A Conqueror With a Taste for Art," 24 Nov. 2018 And the immensity on the ground is lightened by unexpected touches. John King, SFChronicle.com, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 2018 But the Mexican election reflects the constantly mutating ways social media can be weaponized against democracy — and the immensity of Facebook's global challenge. chicagotribune.com, "Facebook's battle against fake news reaches Mexico ahead of July 1 election," 23 June 2018 Yet the immensity of the mountain is not the sole problem. The Economist, "Indian states are testing a new way of setting development priorities," 14 June 2018 My darling Normand has finished his journey between the immensities of birth and death. courant.com, "Edison N. Bellerose," 12 June 2018 The idea of understanding unknowable immensities through loss of self is built into these songs, which ripple out in concentric circles of sound. John Adamian, courant.com, "The Low Anthem To Play StageOne," 5 May 2018 In one such glimpse of sublimity, a group of young Native American rodeo riders drink beer, roughhouse, and sing songs in the immensity of the Badlands surrounding the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Rider’: What cinema is capable of at its best," 25 Apr. 2018 Given the immensity of the refugee crisis, why even try to make an impact? Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "Ai Weiwei’s Little Blue Book on the Refugee Crisis," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of immensity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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immensity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of immensity

: extremely great size

immensity

noun
im·​men·​si·​ty | \i-ˈmen-sə-tē \
plural immensities

Kids Definition of immensity

: extremely great size, amount, or extent

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