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adjective mas·sive \ˈma-siv\

Definition of massive

  1. 1 :  forming or consisting of a large mass:a :  bulky massive furnitureb :  weighty, heavy massive walls a massive volumec :  impressively large or ponderous stars more massive than the sund :  having no regular form but not necessarily lacking crystalline structure massive sandstone

  2. 2a :  large, solid, or heavy in structure massive jawb :  large in scope or degree the feeling of frustration, of being ineffectual, is massive — David Halberstamc (1) :  large in comparison to what is typical a massive dose of penicillin (2) :  being extensive and severe massive hemorrhage (3) :  imposing in excellence or grandeur massive simplicity the most massive American dramatist of his time — Newsweek

  3. 3 :  having mass (see 2mass 1c) a massive boson

massively

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massiveness

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Examples of massive in a Sentence

  1. The fort had massive walls.

  2. stars more massive than the sun

  3. A massive effort will be required to clean up the debris.

  4. You can find a massive amount of information on the Internet.

  5. The stunt received massive publicity.

  6. a massive collection of baseball cards

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Origin and Etymology of massive

Middle English massiffe, from Anglo-French mascif, alteration of massiz, from Vulgar Latin *massicius, from Latin massa mass


MASSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of massive for English Language Learners

  • : very large and heavy

  • : large in amount or degree

  • : very severe


MASSIVE Defined for Kids

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adjective mas·sive \ˈma-siv\

Definition of massive for Students

  1. :  very large, heavy, and solid a massive ship


Medical Dictionary

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adjective mas·sive \ˈmas-iv\

Medical Definition of massive

  1. 1:  large in comparison to what is typical—used especially of medical dosage or of an infective agent a massive dose of penicillin

  2. 2:  being extensive and severe—used of a pathologic condition a massive hemorrhage a massive collapse of a lung



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