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

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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Parking woes have grown in Over-the-Rhine in the wake of a massive revitalization that has transformed the neighborhood into the city's premier entertainment district and hot spot for urban living. Sharon Coolidge,, "Cincinnati unveils long-awaited OTR residential parking plan. Only thing missing? The cost.," 13 July 2018 The House committee fight was over amendments to a massive spending bill financing health, education and labor programs, a perpetually controversial measure that gets delayed every year. CBS News, "Push by liberal Democrats’ to abolish ICE delights GOP," 13 July 2018 Producing Artistic Director Kandie Carle has whittled the massive, four act extravaganza down to a 30-minute, four character romp. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 10 July 2018 The debate in council chambers revolved entirely around Koreatown, where massive protests have erupted over a possible site near the busy hub of Vermont and Wilshire. Victoria Kim,, "L.A. City Council presses ahead with plan for homeless shelters," 29 June 2018 Will benefit from what is essentially a massive competitive head start over his peers. Heather Boehm,, "Hawks Select Luka Doncic with No. 3 Pick in 2018 NBA Draft, Reportedly Traded to Mavs," 21 June 2018 Nothing massive changes right now, given that the court did not rule on the actual issues of partisan gerrymandering. Jonathan Lai,, "How the U.S. Supreme Court's partisan gerrymandering non-decisions affect Pa.," 18 June 2018 The toy company said local authorities had forced locations to limit the number of people in line after massive crowds gathering outside stores, including in malls, caused safety concerns. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Build-A-Bear closes lines for 'Pay Your Age' sale at US stores amid chaos," 13 July 2018 There are a ton of questions about a massive project largely unknown until the Beckham group finally released an artist’s rendering over the weekend. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "David Beckham confronts his biggest fight yet to (finally) bring MLS soccer to Miami," 12 July 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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