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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Barr, 34, died after a contractor hit a gas line under the streets of downtown Sun Prairie, prompting a massive explosion that injured 11 others and destroyed a number of buildings — including Barr's own tavern. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mourners, including 700 uniformed officers, turn out to honor firefighter killed in blast," 14 July 2018 Today, amid massive anti-Trump protests in the British capital, POTUS and FLOTUS made their way to Windsor Castle for a meeting with Her Majesty the Queen. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Melania Trump Wears Dior to Meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle," 13 July 2018 The vitriolic hate is disturbing, especially considering the massive loss Argento has just faced, and her peers are taking a stand against it., "Open Letter Urges Cyber Bullies To Stop Blaming Asia Argento For Anthony Bourdain’s Death," 13 July 2018 The bulk of current deforestation stems from massive agricultural expansion in the northeastern Brazilian states of Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí and Bahia. Jeff Tollefson, Scientific American, "Deforestation Ticks Up in Brazil's Savanna," 13 July 2018 Even with a massive crowd of fans, no one handles a walkabout quite like Prince Harry! Maura Hohman,, "See Prince Harry's Trick for Greeting an Entire Crowd of Fans at Once!," 12 July 2018 Mark Wilson/Getty Images President Donald Trump is going to the United Kingdom next week — a trip he’s been canceling and rescheduling for months overworries over massive protests. Jen Kirby, Vox, "A giant “Trump Baby” balloon will greet Trump in London next week," 6 July 2018 He was arrested during a severe crackdown on massive protests against Lukashenko's re-election in 2010. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire celebrating 100-year milestones," 28 June 2018 After what appeared to be inaction by the district attorney's office, massive protests took place in Pittsburgh outside the Allegheny County Courthouse over the latest fatal shooting involving a white officer and an unarmed black male. NBC News, "Officer who fatally shot East Pittsburgh teen Antwon Rose charged with criminal homicide," 27 June 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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