- Painting. an expanse of color or tone that defines form or shape in general outline rather than in detail.
- a shape or three-dimensional volume that has or gives the illusion of having weight, density, and bulk.
- pertaining to, involving, or affecting a large number of people: mass unemployment; mass migrations.
- affecting a number of people, but more than two and typically a large number: mass murder;a mass shooting.
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Origin of mass
SYNONYMS FOR mass
synonym study for mass
OTHER WORDS FROM massmass·ed·ly [mas-id-lee, mast-lee], /ˈmæs ɪd li, ˈmæst li/, adverbun·massed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH massmassed , mast
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Definition for mass (2 of 3)
Origin of Mass
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Example sentences from the Web for mass
The photo shows a large and dense mass of smoke all over the US' West Coast, all the way down from Oregon to Southern California.West Coast wildfire smoke is visible from outer space|María Paula Rubiano A.|September 16, 2020|Popular Science
Exceptional continental record of biotic recovery after the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction.
The ambition of the Green Deal will not pan out without mass production.Europe’s leaders want to create a ‘new Bauhaus’ as part of its Green Deal. But what does that even mean?|David Meyer|September 16, 2020|Fortune
Unlike many creatures, it survived the massive volcanic eruptions in what’s now Siberia that upset the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans and probably triggered the Permian mass extinction about 252 million years ago.Ancient Lystrosaurus tusks may show the oldest signs of a hibernation-like state|Susan Milius|September 16, 2020|Science News
Each of its knobby blooms bursts from the soil as a skirted mass of tiny same-sex nubbins.‘Vampire’ parasite challenges the definition of a plant|Susan Milius|September 16, 2020|Science News For Students
Their bodies were later found incinerated and buried in mass graves outside of town.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program,” the Times reported.
Google itself has taken a break and put plans for mass production on hold.You Were Wrong About Miley & Bitcoin: 2014’s Failed Predictions|Nina Strochlic|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were mass closures of churches, mosques, and monasteries, and new taxes on religious facilities.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The number of protests in China between 2006 and 2010 doubled to 180,000, and those are only the reported “mass incidents.”
Inside, a sweating adjutant toiled at a mass of papers on the desk before him.Our Casualty And Other Stories|James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Elizabeth had loved Edward, would she not go with Mary to hear a mass for the repose of his soul?In the Days of Queen Elizabeth|Eva March Tappan
It was too dark for her to see his efforts to show her a way out of the mass of fallen rubbish.Chatterbox, 1906|Various
It cannot be accounted for entirely by the friction, as the removal of the paper allows the sand to drop in a mass.Pressure, Resistance, and Stability of Earth|J. C. Meem
Apparently education was never designed in Belgium for the mass of the people.Behind the Scenes in Warring Germany|Edward Lyell Fox
British Dictionary definitions for mass (1 of 3)
Derived forms of massmassed, adjectivemassedly (ˈmæsɪdlɪ, ˈmæstlɪ), adverb
Word Origin for mass
British Dictionary definitions for mass (2 of 3)
Word Origin for Mass
British Dictionary definitions for mass (3 of 3)
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Cultural definitions for mass (1 of 3)
In physics, the property of matter that measures its resistance to acceleration. Roughly, the mass of an object is a measure of the number of atoms in it. The basic unit of measurement for mass is the kilogram. (See Newton's laws of motion; compare weight.)