\ ˈvast How to pronounce vast (audio) \

Definition of vast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very great in size, amount, degree, intensity, or especially in extent or range vast knowledge a vast expanse



Definition of vast (Entry 2 of 2)

: a boundless space the vast of heaven— John Milton

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vastness \ ˈvas(t)-​nəs How to pronounce vastness (audio) \ noun

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enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large. enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness. an enormous expense an immense shopping mall huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount. incurred a huge debt vast usually suggests immensity of extent. the vast Russian steppes gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind. a gigantic sports stadium colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions. a colossal statue of Lincoln mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk. a mammoth boulder

Examples of vast in a Sentence

Adjective She has a vast amount of knowledge on this subject. The policy is supported by the vast majority of citizens. a vast expanse of land
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The vast majority of those calls were for low-level crimes. oregonlive, "Homeless first responder team to be housed in Portland fire bureau under new proposal," 15 Nov. 2019 Taylor Swift says she is being blocked from singing the vast majority of her own songs at an upcoming awards show. CBS News, "Taylor Swift says she's being blocked from singing her songs at American Music Awards," 15 Nov. 2019 Police have not released the race of every homicide victim; in past years, when records were more complete, the vast majority — more than 90 percent — of victims were black. Washington Post, "Baltimore hits 300 homicides for fifth year in a row," 15 Nov. 2019 Classical High School is wonderful, but other Providence schools got worse Classical was one of 22 schools in the state to earn a five-star rating, but the vast majority of Providence high school students are attending schools with just one star. BostonGlobe.com, "So what are the key takeaways from the latest results? Here’s an overview.," 14 Nov. 2019 Louisville has had its first snowfall and the vast majority of American pro soccer teams are on vacation. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC is playing for a third straight USL title Sunday. Here's what to know," 14 Nov. 2019 In Canada, the vast majority of walleye is designated for commercial fishermen. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "In the Great Lakes’ most productive fishing grounds, algae-fueled dead zones are eroding livelihoods," 14 Nov. 2019 The origins of these avian mummies have long been unclear, but now, a new genetic survey published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests the vast majority of sacrificial birds came from the wild. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "DNA Suggests Ancient Egypt’s Millions of Ibis Mummies Were Wild-Caught Birds," 14 Nov. 2019 Thankfully, the vast majority will never ever need the services provided by EACH and other hospices. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton's Special Touch with Children in Hospice: 'That Is Her Character'," 13 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Furthermore, it could be easily scaled up, thereby opening vasts swaths of the universe to observation without the hefty price tag associated with building large, solid telescopes. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "New Space Telescopes Could Look Like Giant Beach Balls," 11 June 2019 That is a more ticklish argument: the obstruction laws are complicated and the ambit of presidential power vast. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s powers are not quite as vast as his lawyers claim," 7 June 2018 As a Cold War-era child who did drop-and-cover nuclear-attack drills under my desk, I’d been ingrained with ominous, gray images of Soviet military tanks rolling through the vast cobbled landmark. Norma Meyer, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Beauty, history, people make Russia trip memorable," 20 Sep. 2017 Near Potsdam, and a stone’s throw from the breathtaking gardens of Sanssouci Palace, lies Templiner See: Vast and choppy, there’s a seaside holiday vibe in the air. Alexandra Pereira, CNT, "Why Swimming Is the Ultimate Berlin Summer Pastime," 9 Aug. 2017 A clatter of gunshots suggested the worst The Brillante was built like two rectangles joined at a right angle: one vast, flat, hollow shape that held the liquid cargo, and one smaller, upright stack that contained mechanical systems and crew spaces. Bloomberg.com, "The Hijacking of the Brillante Virtuoso," 27 July 2017 Vast and growing databases compiled for commerce and policing are also for sale to politicians and their strategists, who can now know more about you than your spouse or parents. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "How Big Data Mines Personal Info to Craft Fake News and Manipulate Voters," 8 June 2017 Vast sums must be invested to build refineries and smelters to turn that ore into metal. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Alcan CEO David Culver Bet on Aluminum and Quebec," 10 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of vast


1585, in the meaning defined above


1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vast


borrowed from Latin vāstus or vastus "devoid of habitation, desolate, dreary," also, "of great size, immense," probably in part continuing Indo-European *h1u̯eh2-sto- (whence Old High German wuosti "empty, deserted," Old English wēste, Old Irish fás), in part conflated with another base *wast- of uncertain origin


noun derivative of vast entry 1, perhaps by analogy with deep entry 1, deep entry 3

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The first known use of vast was in 1585

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English Language Learners Definition of vast

: very great in size, amount, or extent
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Kids Definition of vast

: very great in size or amount vast stretches of land She has vast experience.

Other Words from vast

vastly adverb
vastness noun

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