- 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 vastest
Ignorance and poverty are the vastest of the Negro problems.
You see, I had two schemes in my head which were the vastest of all my projects.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It is one of the vastest and most significant of all human facts.Is Life Worth Living?
William Hurrell Mallock
The church seemed the vastest cavern that had ever been built for worship.Hills and the Sea
Imagine, you who read, the nave of the vastest cathedral with which you are acquainted.Ayesha
H. Rider Haggard
- 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 vastest
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.