- a body of coherent matter, usually of indefinite shape and often of considerable size: a mass of dough.
- a collection of incoherent particles, parts, or objects regarded as forming one body: a mass of sand.
- aggregate; whole (usually preceded by in the): People, in the mass, mean well.
- a considerable assemblage, number, or quantity: a mass of errors; a mass of troops.
- bulk, size, expanse, or massiveness: towers of great mass and strength.
- Fine Arts.
- Painting.an expanse of color or tone that defines form or shape in general outline rather than in detail.
- a shape or three-dimensional volume that has or gives the illusion of having weight, density, and bulk.
- the main body, bulk, or greater part of anything: the great mass of American films.
- Physics. the quantity of matter as determined from its weight or from Newton's second law of motion. Abbreviation: mCompare weight(def 2), relativistic mass, rest mass.
- Pharmacology. a preparation of thick, pasty consistency, from which pills are made.
- the masses, the ordinary or common people as a whole; the working classes or the lower social classes.
- pertaining to, involving, or affecting a large number of people: mass unemployment; mass migrations; mass murder.
- participated in or performed by a large number of people, especially together in a group: mass demonstrations; mass suicide.
- pertaining to, involving, or characteristic of the mass of the people: the mass mind; a movie designed to appeal to a mass audience.
- reaching or designed to reach a large number of people: television, newspapers, and other means of mass communication.
- done on a large scale or in large quantities: mass destruction.
- to come together in or form a mass or masses: The clouds are massing in the west.
- to gather into or dispose in a mass or masses; assemble: The houses are massed in blocks.
Origin of mass
- a stroke made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held almost or quite perpendicular to the table.
Origin of massé
Origin of Mass
Examples from the Web for masses
In a culture that worships celebrities while pretending to disdain them, the Sony emails are catnip for the masses.The Disaster Story That Hollywood Had Coming
December 17, 2014
Under the Sun King, such humor—and the laughter associated with it—was seen as more suitable for the masses.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
Today, the iconic name shepherds the masses to galleries and museums the world over.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind
December 7, 2014
First on the to-do list, the profiling exercises to help the Western masses understand the nature of the wretched beast.ISIS and BS
October 15, 2014
“In a sense, the masses are not organized,” says Lo, who is with the South China Morning Post.Occupy Hong Kong Hangs On
September 30, 2014
I acknowledge my obligations to the masses of my countrymen, and to them alone.
The masses of our people are better fed, clothed, and housed than their fathers were.
Masses of Asia have awakened to strike off shackles of the past.
After all, it is the masses that free a nation, and thank God for it.Ridgeway
In masses and mobs they needed kings and rulers but could not choose them.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
- the masses the body of common people
- (often foll by of) informal, mainly British great numbers or quantitiesmasses of food
- a large coherent body of matter without a definite shape
- a collection of the component parts of something
- a large amount or number, such as a great body of people
- the main part or majoritythe mass of the people voted against the government's policy
- in the mass in the main; collectively
- the size of a body; bulk
- physics a physical quantity expressing the amount of matter in a body. It is a measure of a body's resistance to changes in velocity (inertial mass) and also of the force experienced in a gravitational field (gravitational mass): according to the theory of relativity, inertial and gravitational masses are equalSee also inertial mass, gravitational mass
- (in painting, drawing, etc) an area of unified colour, shade, or intensity, usually denoting a solid form or plane
- pharmacol a pastelike composition of drugs from which pills are made
- mining an irregular deposit of ore not occurring in veins
- done or occurring on a large scalemass hysteria; mass radiography
- consisting of a mass or large number, esp of peoplea mass meeting
- to form (people or things) or (of people or things) to join together into a massthe crowd massed outside the embassy
- billiards a stroke made by hitting the cue ball off centre with the cue held nearly vertically, esp so as to make the ball move in a curve around another ball before hitting the object ball
Word Origin and History for masses
"people of the lower class," 1836; plural of mass (n.1).
"to gather in a mass" (intransitive), 1560s, from mass (n.1) or from French masser. Transitive sense by c.1600. Related: Massed; massing.
"lump, quantity, size," late 14c., from Old French masse "lump, heap, pile; crowd, large amount; ingot, bar" (11c.), and directly from Latin massa "kneaded dough, lump, that which adheres together like dough," probably from Greek maza "barley cake, lump, mass, ball," related to massein "to knead," from PIE root *mag- "to knead" (cf. Lithuanian minkyti "to knead," see macerate). Sense extended in English 1580s to "a large quantity, amount, or number." Strict sense in physics is from 1704.
As an adjective from 1733, first attested in mass meeting in American English. mass culture is from 1916 in sociology (earlier in biology); mass hysteria is from 1914; mass media is from 1923; mass movement is from 1897; mass production is from 1920; mass grave is from 1918; mass murder from 1880.
"Eucharistic service," Old English mæsse, from Vulgar Latin *messa "eucharistic service," literally "dismissal," from Late Latin missa "dismissal," fem. past participle of mittere "to let go, send" (see mission); probably so called from the concluding words of the service, Ite, missa est, "Go, (the prayer) has been sent," or "Go, it is the dismissal."
- A unified body of matter with no specific shape.
- A grouping of individual parts or elements that compose a unified body of unspecified size or quantity.
- The physical volume or bulk of a solid body.
- The measure of the quantity of matter that a body or an object contains. The mass of the body is not dependent on gravity and therefore is different from but proportional to its weight.
- A thick, pasty pharmacological mixture containing drugs from which pills are formed.
- One of the seven fundamental SI units, the kilogram.
- A measure of the amount of matter contained in or constituting a physical body. In classical mechanics, the mass of an object is related to the force required to accelerate it and hence is related to its inertia, and is essential to Newton's laws of motion. Objects that have mass interact with each other through the force of gravity. In Special Relativity, the observed mass of an object is dependent on its velocity with respect to the observer, with higher velocity entailing higher observed mass. Mass is measured in many different units; in most scientific applications, the SI unit of kilogram is used. See Note at weight. See also rest energy General Relativity.