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[mas-iv] /ˈmæs ɪv/
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.
Mineralogy. having no outward crystal form, although sometimes crystalline in internal structure.
Origin of massive
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (see mass, -ive); replacing Middle English massif < Middle French
Related forms
massively, adverb
massiveness, massivity, noun Unabridged
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  • There was massiveness in the desk that stood opposite the hall door, near a window.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • This big lad, who had the massiveness and gentleness of a Fleming, was a protege of Lisa's.

  • The Old Schloss is impressive mainly by its massiveness and its august dome.

    In and Around Berlin Minerva Brace Norton
  • All these public edifices have a uniform character of massiveness and solidity.

    The Coming Race Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Nothing remains to the dishonored sepulchres, except their massiveness.

    The Marble Faun, Volume II. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Most of the works of the Mound Builders are noticeable for their solidity and massiveness.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • Oh, the massiveness of the intellects of the old classic writers!

    Girls of the Forest L. T. Meade
  • It is only when seen from a distance that its massiveness manifests itself.

  • The crucial point seems therefore to be the massiveness of the jaw.

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
British Dictionary definitions for massiveness


(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
(pathol) affecting a large area of the body: a massive cancer
  1. (of igneous rocks) having no stratification, cleavage, etc; homogeneous
  2. (of sedimentary rocks) arranged in thick poorly defined strata
(mineralogy) without obvious crystalline structure
(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 massiveness



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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massiveness in Medicine

massive mas·sive (mās'ĭv)

  1. Large in comparison with the usual amount.

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

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