massive

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adjective 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
2 a :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 time
  • Newsweek
3 :having mass (see 2mass 1c)
  • a massive boson

massively

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massiveness

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Examples of massive in a Sentence

  1. The fort had massive walls.

  2. stars more massive than the sun

  3. A massive effort will be required to clean up the debris.

  4. You can find a massive amount of information on the Internet.

  5. The stunt received massive publicity.

  6. a massive collection of baseball cards

Recent Examples of massive from the Web

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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


MASSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of massive for English Language Learners

  • : very large and heavy

  • : large in amount or degree

  • : very severe


MASSIVE Defined for Kids

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adjective mas·sive \ ˈma-siv \

Definition of massive for Students

:very large, heavy, and solid
  • a massive ship

Medical Dictionary

massive

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adjective 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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