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Definition of massive

1 : forming or consisting of a large mass:
a : bulky massive furniture
b : weighty, heavy massive walls a massive volume
c : impressively large or ponderous stars more massive than the sun
d : having no regular form but not necessarily lacking crystalline structure massive sandstone
2a : large, solid, or heavy in structure massive jaw
b : large in scope or degree the feeling of frustration, of being ineffectual, is massive— David Halberstam
c(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 timeNewsweek
3 : having mass (see mass entry 2 sense 1c) a massive boson

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Other Words from massive

massively adverb
massiveness noun

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Examples of massive in a Sentence

The fort had massive walls. stars more massive than the sun A massive effort will be required to clean up the debris. You can find a massive amount of information on the Internet. The stunt received massive publicity. a massive collection of baseball cards
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Recent Examples on the Web Should a tie happen – which would be a massive shock – a $100 wager there would profit $5,000. Sportsbookwire Staff, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Jones-Reyes odds: Bones Jones favorite over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247," 8 Feb. 2020 The high costs of the pension system were the main cause of Brazil's massive budget deficit. Fox News, "Jair Bolsonaro: What to know about Brazil's controversial president," 7 Feb. 2020 No one knows for sure if history will look back at this moment as a prime example of a massive bubble towards the end of the bull market, or a prime time to get into Tesla stock. Matt Egan, CNN, "Tesla's insane rally already rivals some of the biggest bubbles in recent history," 7 Feb. 2020 Modi's law has sparked massive protests in India and condemnation around the world. Shikha Dalmia, TheWeek, "How Modi supporters are trying to cloak an anti-Muslim bill in American law," 7 Feb. 2020 Think of the massive amounts of energy the mall will consume to keep Big Snow at 28 degrees year-round. Robert Snyder, The Conversation, "The dystopian experience of skiing in New Jersey’s new American Dream mall," 7 Feb. 2020 Since then, massive MIMO design principles have grown more and more important. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "New Antenna Tech Could Make Your Phone Signal Ridiculously Strong," 6 Feb. 2020 The coronavirus has forced what is effectively a large-scale experiment in working from home, and will be a massive test, to some extent, of remote workers' productivity. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Their offices closed by coronavirus, China's workers swamp chat and video-conference tools," 6 Feb. 2020 An audience manager leads me and the other press guests to a massive 380-person studio and instructs us to sit in a special section off to the left of the stage, about five rows up. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Going to a 'Masked Singer' Taping Is Like Visiting a Top-Secret CIA Compound," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of massive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for massive

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

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The first known use of massive was in the 15th century

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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Massive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of massive

: very large and heavy
: large in amount or degree
: very severe


mas·​sive | \ ˈma-siv How to pronounce massive (audio) \

Kids Definition of massive

: very large, heavy, and solid a massive ship


mas·​sive | \ ˈmas-iv How to pronounce massive (audio) \

Medical Definition of massive

1 : large in comparison to what is typical used especially of medical dosage or of an infectious agent a massive dose of penicillin
2 : being extensive and severe used of a pathologic condition a massive hemorrhage a massive collapse of a lung

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