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mas•sive /ˈmæsɪv/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
mas•sive•ness, n. [uncountable]
- made up of or forming a large mass:the massive columns of the ancient temple.
- large or prominent:a massive forehead.
- large in amount or degree:a massive dose of medicine.
(mas′iv),USA pronunciation adj.
mas′sive•ness, mas•siv′i•ty, n.
- consisting of or forming a large mass;
bulky and heavy:massive columns.
- large and heavy-looking:a massive forehead.
- large in scale, amount, or degree:a massive breakdown in communications; massive reductions in spending.
- solid or substantial;
great or imposing:massive erudition.
- Mineralogyhaving no outward crystal form, although sometimes crystalline in internal structure.
- Middle French
- 1375–1425; late Middle English (see mass, -ive); replacing Middle English massif
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massive /ˈmæsɪv/ adj
Etymology: 15th Century: from French massif, from masse massˈmassively adv ˈmassiveness n
- (of objects) large in mass; bulky, heavy, and usually solid
- impressive or imposing in quality, degree, or scope: massive grief
- relatively intensive or large; considerable: a massive dose
- (of igneous rocks) having no stratification, cleavage, etc; homogeneous
- (of sedimentary rocks) arranged in thick poorly defined strata
- without obvious crystalline structure
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