massive

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for massive

Synonyms

heavy, hefty, ponderous, weighty

Antonyms

light, weightless

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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

The Columbia is massive, and the sea lions feel at home there. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 The eats: Everyone comes for the made-to-order waffles ($6/$9) — massive, gluten-free and topped with fresh fruit and syrup. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "6 best new, eclectic Bay Area coffee houses," 8 June 2019 Glaciologists think the glacier will one day again pinch off Russell Fjord, because Hubbard is so massive, wrapping all the way up behind Mount Logan in Canada. Anchorage Daily News, "The sound of silence in Russell Fjord," 8 June 2019 Since the arrival of Cristobal in Eugene, Oregon has prioritized a massive, physical offensive line. oregonlive.com, "Faaope Laloulu, 6-foot-7, 390-pound OL, commits to Oregon Ducks over USC, Washington, others," 8 June 2019 And that will happen without the massive, social engineering and insane corporate welfare being thrown at the industry. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: In Colorado you’re still paying for rich folks to buy a luxury second car," 7 June 2019 Klay Thompson’s absence had a massive, ripple effect in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Stephen Curry carries the burden for Warriors, forcing Raptors to adjust," 5 June 2019 The amount of content is massive, and the legal lines are vague. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Can influencers and authenticity ever be compatible?," 1 June 2019 Her school strikes helped spark a massive, global day of action in March. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "AOC Wants You to Call Your Parents About Climate Change After Study Finds Children Can Impact Adults' Views," 8 May 2019

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of massive

: very large and heavy
: large in amount or degree
: very severe

massive

adjective
mas·​sive | \ ˈma-siv How to pronounce massive (audio) \

Kids Definition of massive

: very large, heavy, and solid a massive ship

massive

adjective
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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