Definition of massive
1 : forming or consisting of a large mass: a : bulky b : weighty, heavy <massive walls> <a massive volume> c : impressively large or ponderous 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>
3 : having mass <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
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 century
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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