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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Everything from the architecture to the sandworms that swim through these sweeping desert vistas is as massive as the spice war's impact on the saga's political and religious machinations. Randall Colburn,, 16 May 2022 The potential that digital contracts offer right now is massive. Slava Podmurnyi, Forbes, 13 May 2022 It’s near the border of Sagittarius and Scorpius constellations and is 4 million times more massive than our sun. Seth Borenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2022 Astronomers say the black hole is 4 million times more massive than our sun. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 12 May 2022 The black hole itself is four million times more massive than our Sun. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 12 May 2022 Although the Mega Millions jackpots themselves are massive, the odds of winning are not. Maria Pasquini,, 12 May 2022 And the larger the scope, the more massive your execution should be. Bhaskar Ahuja, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The singer warned that the implications of the potential overturning of the precedent-setting ruling are massive. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 4 May 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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