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massive

[mas-iv] /ˈmæs ɪv/
adjective
1.
consisting of or forming a large mass; bulky and heavy:
massive columns.
2.
large and heavy-looking:
a massive forehead.
3.
large in scale, amount, or degree:
a massive breakdown in communications; massive reductions in spending.
4.
solid or substantial; great or imposing:
massive erudition.
5.
Mineralogy. having no outward crystal form, although sometimes crystalline in internal structure.
Origin of massive
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (see mass, -ive); replacing Middle English massif < Middle French
Related forms
massively, adverb
massiveness, massivity, noun
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  • To her eyes the tree stood as massively firm as she had ever seen it.

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British Dictionary definitions for massively

massive

/ˈmæsɪv/
adjective
1.
(of objects) large in mass; bulky, heavy, and usually solid
2.
impressive or imposing in quality, degree, or scope: massive grief
3.
relatively intensive or large; considerable: a massive dose
4.
(pathol) affecting a large area of the body: a massive cancer
5.
(geology)
  1. (of igneous rocks) having no stratification, cleavage, etc; homogeneous
  2. (of sedimentary rocks) arranged in thick poorly defined strata
6.
(mineralogy) without obvious crystalline structure
noun
7.
(slang) a group of friends or associates; gang: the Staines massive
Derived Forms
massively, adverb
massiveness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from French massif, from massemass
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Word Origin and History for massively

massive

adj.

c.1400, from Middle French massif "bulky, solid," from Old French masse "lump" (see mass (n.1)). Related: Massively; massiveness. U.S. Cold War strategy of massive retaliation was introduced by J.F. Dulles in early 1954.

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massively in Medicine

massive mas·sive (mās'ĭv)
adj.

  1. Large in comparison with the usual amount.

  2. Affecting a large area of bodily tissue; widespread and severe.

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