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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web In June, Beijing imposed a national-security law on Hong Kong, seeking to take tighter control over the city after a year of unrest and massive protests. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "U.S. Closes Hong Kong Property Sale After Beijing’s Approval," 25 Feb. 2021 The government said the accounts — unspecified in number — were using provocative hashtags to spread misinformation about massive farmer protests that have rattled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. NBC News, "India introduces new rules to regulate online content," 25 Feb. 2021 Chicago was an epicenter of the massive global protests that followed Floyd’s Memorial Day death. Washington Post, "Chicago watchdog report condemns police, mayor for response to George Floyd demonstrations, riots," 21 Feb. 2021 Authorities have been hatching security plans for the trial since July, when outrage over Floyd’s death on May 25 while in police custody sparked massive protests worldwide. Fox News, "Minnesota ramps up security for murder trial of Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death," 19 Feb. 2021 Thousands of protesting farmers blocked trains on Thursday by sitting on railroad tracks in parts of northern India to press their demand for the repeal of new agricultural reform laws that have triggered months of massive protests. Rishi Lekhi, Star Tribune, "Farmers block trains in northern India to protest new laws," 18 Feb. 2021 In a personal essay penned for The New York Times, the former royal wrote about going through the painful experience with Harry and Archie by her side, wondering at the time how their family of three would heal from the massive loss. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Subtle Way Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Paid Tribute To Princess Diana In Their Pregnancy Announcement," 16 Feb. 2021 The ruling came despite massive protests across Russia over the past two weekends and Western calls to free the anti-corruption campaigner. The Christian Science Monitor, "Putin critic Navalny sentenced to more than 2 years in prison," 3 Feb. 2021 But even American’s massive $9.1 billion loss isn’t the biggest in the industry. Dallas News, "American Airlines posts record $8.9 billion annual loss as it looks to 2021 for ‘year of recovery’," 28 Jan. 2021

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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 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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