mass noun

[ mas-noun ]
/ ˈmæs ˈnaʊn /
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noun Grammar.

a noun, as sunshine,electricity, or happiness, that typically refers to an indefinitely divisible substance or an abstract notion, and that in English cannot be used, in such a sense, with the indefinite article or in the plural.



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Also called non·count noun [non-kount-noun], /nɒnˈkaʊnt ˈnaʊn/, un·count·a·ble noun [uhn-koun-tuh-buhl noun], /ʌnˈkaʊn tə bəl ˈnaʊn/, un·count noun [uhn-kount-noun] /ʌnˈkaʊnt ˈnaʊn/ .
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Origin of mass noun

First recorded in 1930–35
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mass noun


a noun that refers to an extended substance rather than to each of a set of isolable objects, as, for example, water as opposed to lake. In English when used indefinitely they are characteristically preceded by some rather than a or an; they do not have normal plural formsCompare count noun
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