- 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.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- masque biliaire,
- mass affluent,
- mass book,
- mass card,
- mass defect,
- mass extinction
Origin of mass
Origin of Mass
Examples from the Web for mass
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
Word Origin for mass
Word Origin for Mass
"lump, quantity, size," late 14c., from Old French masse "lump, heap, pile; crowd, large amount; ingot, bar" (11c.), and directly from Latin massa "kneaded dough, lump, that which adheres together like dough," probably from Greek maza "barley cake, lump, mass, ball," related to massein "to knead," from PIE root *mag- "to knead" (cf. Lithuanian minkyti "to knead," see macerate). Sense extended in English 1580s to "a large quantity, amount, or number." Strict sense in physics is from 1704.
As an adjective from 1733, first attested in mass meeting in American English. mass culture is from 1916 in sociology (earlier in biology); mass hysteria is from 1914; mass media is from 1923; mass movement is from 1897; mass production is from 1920; mass grave is from 1918; mass murder from 1880.
"Eucharistic service," Old English mæsse, from Vulgar Latin *messa "eucharistic service," literally "dismissal," from Late Latin missa "dismissal," fem. past participle of mittere "to let go, send" (see mission); probably so called from the concluding words of the service, Ite, missa est, "Go, (the prayer) has been sent," or "Go, it is the dismissal."
"to gather in a mass" (intransitive), 1560s, from mass (n.1) or from French masser. Transitive sense by c.1600. Related: Massed; massing.
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.)