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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 Abiy Ahmed, a young reformer who took office in 2018 promising democracy after massive protests, says that because of the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic his government will stay in charge until elections can be held safely. The Economist, "Vote again another day Ethiopia is entering constitutional limbo," 16 May 2020 While one league executive disputed the notion that canceling the season would be catastrophic, the financial fallout would be massive. oregonlive, "Will NBA return during coronavirus? How a canceled season would affect Portland Trail Blazers, league at large," 14 May 2020 But there’s a massive void left at left tackle with Mekhi Becton gone as a first-round pick to the New York Jets. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "These 6 players will play a big role in Louisville football's 2020 success," 14 May 2020 This means that outstanding payments will be a massive headache to sort through once business returns to something like normal. Dean Baker, The New Republic, "Building an Economy That Works Again," 14 May 2020 McMorris-Santoro: The efforts that go into a successful school year are already massive. Cnn Staff, CNN, "The Future of Education: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for May 12," 12 May 2020 The House measures are massive in both cost and scope. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "'Not something designed to deal with reality': GOP rejects Pelosi's $3 trillion coronavirus package," 12 May 2020 At the collegiate level, the drop between a team's No. 1 pitcher and No. 5 pitcher can be massive. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "UIndy baseball embraces analytics, using opener to jumpstart shortened season," 10 May 2020 And when those people stay home, the reversal is similarly massive. Saritha Rai,, "What It Looks Like When 1.3 Billion People Stay Home," 10 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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Massive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 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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