Definition of vastly 

: to a very great or vast degree or extent : exceedingly two people with vastly different tastes a vastly more powerful bomb But bluff and bravado … won against potential enemies who vastly outnumbered him. —David Gilmour It was the most eclectic—yet also vastly entertaining—evening of dance I have seen in a long time. —Rita Felciano

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Neutrinos, which originate in the sun, the Earth, and even from the radioactive decay of elements in our own bodies, as well as from sources outside our galaxy, are vastly more abundant than photons. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "Neutrino demonstration heralds a new way of observing the cosmos," 12 July 2018 But a platform strategy for a telecom company is a vastly different animal than a content strategy for a media company. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 Women are vastly underrepresented in festival lineups. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 9: Janelle Monáe, Flaming Lips, BØRNS, Judah & the Lion and more," 7 July 2018 And yet after all these years, one key style detail has been vastly overlooked: Prince Charles' pinky ring. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Prince Charles Always Wears a Ring on His Pinky," 5 July 2018 Now try and imagine a vastly new-and-improved version of the product that's become so integral to women’s lives, but hasn't changed in three decades. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "A Pregnancy Test You Can Flush Down the Toilet Is Almost a Reality," 5 July 2018 Joe Dumars There are some really good players at No. 18, including Calvin Murphy and the vastly underrated Ricky Pierce. Dumars' role on the Bad Boys was invaluable. 19. Tim Reynolds,, "The all-time NBA draft: The best pick from every slot," 20 June 2018 The addition of four-time MVP LeBron James has undoubtedly vastly improved the Los Angeles Lakers' odds to win the 2019 NBA championship. Oddsshark,, "2019 NBA Championship Odds: LeBron Boosts Lakers, Warriors Still Favorite," 10 July 2018 This involves placing electrode arrays directly on the brain’s surface, minimizing distortions and vastly improving spatial resolution. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "“Traveling” Brain Waves May Be Critical for Cognition," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of vastly

1598, in the meaning defined above

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