- of very great area or extent; immense: the vast reaches of outer space.
- of very great size or proportions; huge; enormous: vast piles of rubble left in the wake of the war.
- very great in number, quantity, amount, etc.: vast sums of money.
- very great in degree, intensity, etc.: an artisan of vast skill.
- Literary. an immense or boundless expanse or space.
Origin of vast
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Examples from the Web for vaster
But only for a minute; other things of vaster importance held him.The Free Range</p>
Francis William Sullivan
The contribution on the whole is immense, vaster than we have yet any idea of.Natural Law in the Spiritual World
Apparently it required a yet vaster effort to pronounce an explanation.Evan Harrington, Complete
The universe is vaster than he or any of the Old Testament age could even imagine.Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job
Some time or other to every man must come the consciousness of this vaster life.Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure
- unusually large in size, extent, degree, or number; immense
- (prenominal) (intensifier)in vast haste
- the vast mainly poetic immense or boundless space
- British dialect a very great amount or number
Word Origin and History for vaster
1570s, from Middle French vaste, from Latin vastus "immense, extensive, huge," also "desolate, unoccupied, empty." The two meanings probably originally attached to two separate words, one with a long -a- one with a short -a-, that merged in early Latin (see waste). Very popular early 18c. as an intensifier. Related: Vastly; vastness.