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mass

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1 masses plural the body of the community as contrasted with the elite
  • the masses demanded the elimination of tax breaks for the rich

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2 a considerable amount
  • I have a mass of work to do tonight

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3 a distinct and separate portion of matter
  • a mass of leaves in a corner of the yard

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4 the main or greater part of something as distinguished from its subordinate parts
  • when taking pictures, focus your attention on the mass of the main subject

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5 the largest part or quantity of something
  • believes that the great mass of voters are in the polical center and consider themselves neither conservative nor liberal

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6 a great number of persons or creatures massed together
  • a huge mass of people had gathered in the park to protest the government's latest policy

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mass

verb

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to gradually form into a layer, pile, or mass
  • clouds massing on the western side of the mountain range

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How is the word mass different from other nouns like it?

The words bulk and volume are common synonyms of mass. While all three words mean "the aggregate that forms a body or unit," mass suggests an aggregate made by piling together things of the same kind.

a mass of boulders

Where would bulk be a reasonable alternative to mass?

While the synonyms bulk and mass are close in meaning, bulk implies an aggregate that is impressively large, heavy, or numerous.

the darkened bulk of the skyscrapers

In what contexts can volume take the place of mass?

The words volume and mass are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, volume applies to an aggregate without shape or outline and capable of flowing or fluctuating.

a tremendous volume of water

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The first known use of mass was before the 12th century

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“Mass.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/mass. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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