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.
Recent Examples on the Web Shots of a lone figure dwarfed in the immensity of an untainted domain fill Zhao’s movies. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "The magic of Chloé Zhao: How the Oscars favorite gets brilliant performances from non-actors," 24 Apr. 2021 While her solo positioning in the chapel was largely due to social-distancing guidelines, the sight of the diminutive queen, who on Wednesday celebrates her 95th birthday, sitting alone still caused many to reflect on the immensity of her loss. Laurie Brookins, Robb Report, "The Touching Story Behind the Brooch Queen Elizabeth Wore to Prince Philip’s Funeral," 21 Apr. 2021 The setting sun illuminated the gradations of color on the west-facing wall—a majestic, not-of-this-world immensity, almost frightening in scope. Jamie Quatro, Travel + Leisure, "Hiking the Grand Canyon From Rim-to-Rim Is a Bucket-List Adventure," 4 Mar. 2021 That realization, coming after one of the brothers is hanged for murder, serves as the ending’s first big reveal, bringing with it the shock of the immensity of their commitment to their calling. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 For starters, the region’s immensity, unparalleled biodiversity, and critical role in the planet’s carbon and water cycles means that what happens in the Amazon doesn’t stay in the Amazon. Daniel Glick, Scientific American, "Can the Amazon Save the Planet?," 3 Apr. 2017 Baldwin was forged in the crucible of an America perpetually teetering on the edge of self-destruction, unwilling to heed the warnings of those who understood the immensity of the peril. New York Times, "What the Church Meant for James Baldwin," 4 Dec. 2020 Dan Price, chief executive of Gravity Payments, a credit card payments processing firm based in Seattle, highlighted the immensity of Google's war chest. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Gloating, schadenfreude, and a pinch of anxiety: Critics pile on Google over antitrust indictment," 20 Oct. 2020 The 6,243 in attendance were swallowed up by the immensity of PBS. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: 10 things from Cincinnati Bengals win over the Jacksonville Jaguars," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of immensity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Immensity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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