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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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 Of course, many other memorials tell the story of the Shoah in its unfathomable immensity, but the Musée Nissim de Camondo, now a branch of Les Arts Décoratifs, is not exactly a memorial. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "A Secret Paris Museum and an Aristocratic Family Decimated by the Holocaust," 9 Feb. 2017 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,, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 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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