- 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
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- (of objects) large in mass; bulky, heavy, and usually solid
- impressive or imposing in quality, degree, or scopemassive grief
- relatively intensive or large; considerablea massive dose
- pathol affecting a large area of the bodya massive cancer
- (of igneous rocks) having no stratification, cleavage, etc; homogeneous
- (of sedimentary rocks) arranged in thick poorly defined strata
- mineralogy without obvious crystalline structure
- slang a group of friends or associates; gangthe Staines massive
C15: from French massif, from masse mass
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Word Origin and History for massivity
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
- Large in comparison with the usual amount.
- Affecting a large area of bodily tissue; widespread and severe.
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