- 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)
Origin of mass
Origin of Mass
Related Words for massthrong, horde, group, crowd, number, lump, majority, pile, lot, mob, piece, size, load, pyramid, knot, chunk, clot, plurality, staple, bunch
Examples from the Web for mass
Contemporary Examples of 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
“The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program,” the Times reported.Political Memes That Absolutely Must Die in 2015
January 1, 2015
Google itself has taken a break and put plans for mass production on hold.You Were Wrong About Miley & Bitcoin: 2014’s Failed Predictions
December 31, 2014
There were mass closures of churches, mosques, and monasteries, and new taxes on religious facilities.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church
December 28, 2014
The number of protests in China between 2006 and 2010 doubled to 180,000, and those are only the reported “mass incidents.”China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
Historical Examples of mass
The mass was an ornate one, though not more so than they were accustomed to at Beaulieu.
We missed our morning mass, it will do us no harm to hear Nones in the Minster.
Gone is the mass of the mountains, the stoniness of rocks, the hard solidity of iron.The Conquest of Fear
In the nearer ranks we may discern the variety of ingredients that compose the mass.Biographical Sketches
I thought he was going to give that mass of flowers to me, but he did not.Her Father's Daughter
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.