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
China is just getting started on the massive environmental work needed in the next decades.
Even in recent years, winemakers have undertaken massive replanting efforts to ensure higher quality grapes and wine moving forward.
There is a massive outside constituency—world leaders, Fortune 100 CEOS, civil society—urging us to stay, even if the price for Trump staying is a downward adjustment of our target.
The Conservatives made massive gains in the May 4 local elections and candidates reported voters spontaneously using the words strong and stable on the doorstep.
Officials say a massive landslide in Big Sur could keep a portion of California’s iconic coastal highway closed for a year and cost millions of dollars to fix.
Business Insider recently used data from F&D Reports to determine which companies are most vulnerable to economic downturns that could result in massive closures or more aggressive alternatives, such as bankruptcy.
Scott Burton (1939-1989), whose gifted life was cut short by AIDS, was one of the first Americans to exploit this in-between space, as evidenced here by a table made of two massive pieces of interlocking granite.
In the massive, bottomless void that leaves in the White House, the usual suspects in conservative politics have been allowed to run riot and propose policies in direct opposition to his campaign platform.
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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 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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