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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 Faults include a slab-like dash layout that stacks massive façades of leather, plastic, and wood; lumpy screws that secure the fuse-panel; and visors that loom too low. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 Aston Martin Virage Modernizes the the British Brand," 27 May 2020 This massive reduction in cost made possible through reusable rockets is contributing to several developments in spaceflight. Wendy Whitman Cobb, The Conversation, "SpaceX reaches for milestone in spaceflight – a private company launches astronauts into orbit," 22 May 2020 Amazon's massive catalog relies on thousands of individual sellers, who send their items to Amazon warehouses to allow for speedier shipments. TheWeek, "Amazon reportedly pushes July Prime Day to September," 21 May 2020 The pressure to develop apps could also put new technical and financial strain on states as their technologists are already under a massive amount of pressure as stay-at-home orders around the country have pushed more government services online. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Apple and Google's coronavirus alert tools arrive amid doubts about their efficacy," 20 May 2020 On a daily basis, there has to come a massive amount of acceptance around that. Elizabeth Gulino,, "“I’ve Never Experienced Trauma On Such A Scale”: A Nursing Home Worker Opens Up About COVID-19," 19 May 2020 Just as the name implies, the installation shows a massive wave on loop, crashing against the screen over and over again. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "'The Wave' May Be the Coolest Art Installation on Earth Right Now (Video)," 19 May 2020 In this case, the federal government isn’t just creating massive amounts of dollars from scratch. Brent Schrotenboer, USA Today, "The U.S. is `printing' money to help save the economy during COVID-19 crisis: How far can it go?," 12 May 2020 Usually what follows the ceremony is a general bout of gluttony with massive, multi-cuisine buffets. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Priest on Zoom, borrowed clothes, makeup tutorials: An Indian Covid-19 wedding," 6 May 2020

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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 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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