Definition of massive
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
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 : having mass (see 2mass 1c) a massive boson
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
Recent Examples of massive from the Web
Wimbledon, one of the most prominent tennis tournaments in the world, was faced with a predicament today: A massive swarm of flying ants infiltrated the courts, wreaking havoc on the players, umpires, and spectators.
As police officers pulled up next to their massive 50-foot homemade Slip 'N Slide, kids at a neighborhood block party in Asheville, North Carolina, on Sunday thought the fun was coming to an end.
The night before a teary Davis internally announced the massive layoff of 60 people, chief financial officer Eric Chan resigned.
But with America on the verge of joining the war in Europe, the time for a massive highway program had not arrived.
But roughly halfway through the season, Lynch and his massive cast of both returning favorites and new faces are surprising and delighting audiences with the classic Peaks blend of weird and wonderful.
How many anonymous sources have been used in this war, waged by CNN and other media outlets for the hearts and minds and eyeballs of the angry anti-Trump demographic and the massive advertising revenue that demographic represents?
In 1982 Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak put on the US Festival, drawing huge bands and massive crowds.
V. cholerae produces a toxin that rapidly floods the gut with water, leading to massive diarrhea.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
MASSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of massive for English Language Learners
: very large and heavy
: large in amount or degree
: very severe
MASSIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of massive for Students
: very large, heavy, and solid a massive ship
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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