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
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 century
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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