- 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
Related Words for massedextra, also, other, further, new, higher, sturdy, tight, strong, substantial, stable, concentrated, collected, reunited, accumulated, unified, mutual, concerted, cumulative
Examples from the Web for massed
Contemporary Examples of massed
But what is it like with no Penelope Cruz pouting in sheer red satin, without the massed paparazzi, and screaming publicists?No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
Once you raised it, a massed army was wasting away, whether it fought or not, or whether it advanced, retreated, or stood still.Why the U.S. Army Is Stuck in the 19th Century
September 2, 2014
Over the past several days, Kurdish Peshmerga forces have massed in the thousands around the northern approaches to Zumar.Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq?
September 2, 2014
On the leaked recording, the operative said that there are “300 military units” massed near Donetsk and “marines are arriving.”A Putin Climb-Down on Ukraine?
May 7, 2014
More than 40,000 Russian troops are massed on the border in a highly aggressive posture, say U.S. and Ukrainian officials.Reality Check in Ukraine
April 27, 2014
Historical Examples of massed
With the noise of a thousand thunderbolts the massed rays struck.
The heavens darkened with massed fliers, and still they came.
All these rooms had been parts of my harbor—a massed array of money and brains.The Harbor
It was now dark with massed clusters of bodies, red even at that distance.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
Our massed instances speak too much of coincidences of coincidences.The Book of the Damned
Word Origin for mass
Word Origin for Mass
"to gather in a mass" (intransitive), 1560s, from mass (n.1) or from French masser. Transitive sense by c.1600. Related: Massed; massing.
"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."