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

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 At times, straightforward songs unfurl to become ballads with elaborate and mercurial immensity. Keegan Brady, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2022 The immensity, power and speed of this thundering enterprise are all thrilling. Terence Monmaney, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2022 Many highlights along the track revel in the awesome beauty of the Serpentine and Ormiston Gorges and the astonishing immensity of Standley Chasm, seen from the Summit of Mount Sonder. Anabel Dean, CNN, 18 May 2022 Today the immensity of his achievement casts a shadow over the institutionalized spaces of art history and criticism, fluttering above them on iridescent wings made of words. Jarrett Earnest, The New York Review of Books, 8 June 2022 The immensity of China’s merchant fleet compounds the issue. Seth Cropsey, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 The difficult parts of Blackpink’s journey — and the immensity of their achievements — fade into the background when the members are all together. Haeryun Kang, Rolling Stone, 23 May 2022 It was assumed that if uncontacted people lived there, the immensity of the surrounding forests would provide them with natural protection. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 But in the immensity of space, the odds that these or any other physical objects will be found are fantastically minuscule. Chris Impey, The Conversation, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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