- 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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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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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
Beyond the huge American flag that hung over the street, the mile-long mass of cops ended.
“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
A colleague overheard two conservative Mass. lawmakers talking about what “the gays” could do.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Charred beams and blackened walls showed stark and gaunt in the glow of a smoldering mass of wreckage.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
But hitherto, before these new ideas began to spread in our community, the mass of men and women definitely settled down.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The Turks were no longer in mass but extended in several lines, less than a pace between each man.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Thus among the huge mass of accumulated commodities the simplest wants would go unsatisfied.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Edward Winslow died; one of the first settlers of Plymouth colony, Mass., and afterwards its governor.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for mass (1 of 3)
Derived forms of massmassed, adjectivemassedly (ˈmæsɪdlɪ, ˈmæstlɪ), adverb
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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.)