massive

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

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for massive

Synonyms

heavy, hefty, ponderous, weighty

Antonyms

light, weightless

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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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Boston, with its massive Irish population, held the first parade in 1737, with New York City following suit 25 years later. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Here's the Real History of St Patrick's Day," 15 Mar. 2019 Jennifer Lopez Cost: More than $1 million Carats: 15 Former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez proposed to J.Lo after two years of dating with a massive (!) ring estimated to cost over $1 million, according to Page Six. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Can You Guess Which Engagement Ring Belongs to Which Celebrity?," 13 Mar. 2019 League of Legends League of Legends is a massive, complex MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game with an equally intriguing fan base and lore. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "The 13 best games for your new PC," 26 Dec. 2018 The pool is naturally carved into a massive rock set against the cliffs. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The Best Beaches for a Winter Stroll, According to Sophie Buhai," 6 Mar. 2019 On Monday, Halle Berry revealed her massive back tattoo on Instagram. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Halle Berry Shows Off Her Massive New Back Tattoo with a Stripped-Down Instagram," 5 Mar. 2019 Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale actor Luke Perry died on March 4 after suffering a massive stroke on February 27. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Colin Hanks Shares a Heartfelt Story About Luke Perry Following the Actor's Tragic Death," 5 Mar. 2019 The Guests The event has evolved over the years from those spontaneous gatherings of local children to a massive event—2016 boasted 37,000 guests. Jillian Mackenzie, Town & Country, "A Brief History of the White House Easter Egg Roll," 28 Feb. 2019 While PrivacyGuard is probably aimed toward the business traveler, consumers and business customers alike will benefit from the new 1440p display, which pumps out a massive 500 nits. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's ThinkPad T490 emphasizes display improvements in 2019 refresh," 24 Feb. 2019

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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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massive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of massive

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

massive

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

Kids Definition of massive

: very large, heavy, and solid a massive ship

massive

adjective
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 infective 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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