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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Higher education Warren wants to wipe out massive amounts of student debt: Her plan would cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt for every person with a household income under $100,000. Christina Prignano, BostonGlobe.com, "Elizabeth Warren says she has a plan for that. Here’s a running list," 11 July 2019 Meanwhile, Ajax winger David Neres posted a lovely picture of him clutching the trophy close to his chest, which serves as a reminder of just how massive this trophy is. SI.com, "Copa América 2019: Seleção Celebrate Tournament Triumph on Social Media," 8 July 2019 These blooms release massive amounts of brevotoxin into the ocean. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Red tides, explained," 5 July 2019 Then the researchers used machine learning—sophisticated computer programs that can find connections among massive amounts of disparate data—to figure out how microbes might influence particular traits. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Gut bacteria could be key to producing tastier cow’s milk," 3 July 2019 The celebration that followed, two days later in Red Square in Moscow, was massive. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Nikita Khrushchev’s Son Watched his Father Lose the Space Race. 50 Years After the Moon Landing, He Holds No Grudge," 2 July 2019 The sheer size of smokers means a restaurant’s kitchen would need to be massive. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Why aren’t there more Bay Area barbecue spots? High costs, logistics," 2 July 2019 For the Warriors, the cost of retaining Durant would be massive, thanks in part to repeater tax penalties. USA TODAY, "NBA free agency: What are the options for Kevin Durant?," 27 June 2019 The stakes are massive: Brogdon's decision could determine whether Milwaukee enters next season as the East favorite. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "There’s more to this NBA free agency than superstars," 25 June 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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