Definition of massive
1 : forming or consisting of a large mass:a : bulky massive furnitureb : weighty, heavy massive walls a massive volumec : impressively large or ponderous stars more massive than the sund : having no regular form but not necessarily lacking crystalline structure massive sandstone
2a : large, solid, or heavy in structure massive jawb : large in scope or degree the feeling of frustration, of being ineffectual, is massive — David Halberstamc (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
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
Recent Examples of massive from the Web
The Ocean Stage was home to two massive hip-hop shows.
WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries.
RCA has offered to absorb Phillips into their big operation ... but that means becoming a small cog in a massive machine.
Residents in the Latonia neighborhood are waking up Tuesday to a massive hole in their street from a water main break.
Mostly, his massive and well-placed serve produced the win of his life, and cost Nadal the chance to compete for his third Wimbledon title.
Wimbledon, one of the most prominent tennis tournaments in the world, was faced with a predicament today: A massive swarm of flying ants infiltrated the courts, wreaking havoc on the players, umpires, and spectators.
As police officers pulled up next to their massive 50-foot homemade Slip 'N Slide, kids at a neighborhood block party in Asheville, North Carolina, on Sunday thought the fun was coming to an end.
The night before a teary Davis internally announced the massive layoff of 60 people, chief financial officer Eric Chan resigned.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
MASSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of massive for English Language Learners
: very large and heavy
: large in amount or degree
: very severe
MASSIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of massive for Students
: very large, heavy, and solid a massive ship
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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