mas·​sive | \ ˈma-siv \

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


heavy, hefty, ponderous, weighty


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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AccuWeather predicts another massive winter storm will hit the Midwest and East Coast this weekend. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "A Huge Snowstorm With Single-Digit Temperatures Will Hit the Country This Weekend," 14 Jan. 2019 For years, Microsoft Surface fans have wondered two things: First, would Microsoft ever sell a standalone version of its massive Surface Studio display? Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: The Kensington SD7000 dock turns a Surface tablet into a Surface Studio," 21 Jan. 2019 As of 8 o'clock this morning, Olivia's first-ever collection with Express is available to shop (read: bring a massive dose of girl power, fuschia sequins, and silky soft pleather to your closet). Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Your Fave Blogger Olivia Culpo Just Dropped a Clothing Line With Express and It's Going to Sell Out FAST," 16 Jan. 2019 Why else did Democrats fail to pass comprehensive immigration reform during Mr. Obama’s first two years in office, when his party’s congressional majorities were massive? Karl Rove, WSJ, "Democrats’ Cynical ‘No’ on Immigration," 9 Jan. 2019 And while there are plenty of massive hotels in the city to house all those starry-eyed visitors, the Hotel Splendide Royal provides a slightly different experience: that of the person who just happens to live there (and live there well). Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Room at...Hotel Splendide Royal in Paris," 8 Jan. 2019 The impressive piece features a massive pink center stone surrounded by smaller diamonds. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga and Her Fiancé Christian Carino Were Too Cute at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Flex is to package delivery what Uber is to taxis: A fleet of contractors who obtain work through a massive company but are not technically considered employees of said company. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Amazon is cutting costs with its own delivery service — but its drivers don’t receive benefits," 26 Dec. 2018 Your kitchen doesn't need to be massive to have two dishwashers. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Why You Need Two Dishwashers In Your Kitchen," 14 Dec. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of massive

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


mas·​sive | \ ˈma-siv \

Kids Definition of massive

: very large, heavy, and solid a massive ship


mas·​sive | \ ˈmas-iv \

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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