mas·​sif | \ ma-ˈsēf How to pronounce massif (audio) \

Definition of massif

1 : a principal mountain mass
2 : a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults or flexures and displaced as a unit without internal change

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Produced by Insomniac Events, the same company behind EDM massives including Electric Daisy Carnival, Secret Project comes to LA's Chinatown district Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Modeselektor, Four Tet, Honey Dijon & More Lead Secret Project LA 2019 Lineup," 14 Aug. 2019 Then hike down to Miage Glacier, which snakes down from the Mont Blanc massif into Val Veni. National Geographic, "Tour du Mont Blanc," 17 June 2019 In a couple hours, the three-day trip takes on a grander scale as the central massif of five famous peaks is seen from a better vantage point. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 2018 The seven-peak granite massif lies ten miles north of Juneau. Matt Skenazy, Outside Online, "The Last Days of Marc-André Leclerc," 19 June 2018 Flaming logs crack open, echoing through central Sardinia’s rugged massifs and twisting valleys, shooting sparks toward a solemn mass of spectators. Eliot Stein, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Pagan Exorcism in Sardinia," 29 Mar. 2018 Striking from any angle, especially when viewed from Tiger Leaping Gorge, this massif is also stunning when seen from the Black Dragon Pool Park in Lijiang. Mei Zhang, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to China," 5 Oct. 2016 And even though the stripes in the middle had likely been contorted by a ridge segment that rotated over time, the maps clearly revealed a giant zebra crossing of magnetic stripes running across the massif. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "This is now the world's largest volcano, geologists say," 15 July 2019 In time, these raves grew into larger massives: young promoters, label heads, magazine publishers, flyer designers, lighting designers and DJs were all learning on the job. Simon Rust Lamb, Billboard, "How Organic Made History As Southern California's First Legitimate Dance Fest," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of massif

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for massif

French, from massif, adjective, from Middle French, alteration of Old French massiz

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