- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|Liza Foreman|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once you raised it, a massed army was wasting away, whether it fought or not, or whether it advanced, retreated, or stood still.
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?|Ford Sypher|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the leaked recording, the operative said that there are “300 military units” massed near Donetsk and “marines are arriving.”
More than 40,000 Russian troops are massed on the border in a highly aggressive posture, say U.S. and Ukrainian officials.
From the massed figures there rose a moan, and Chet felt poignantly the animal misery of it.Brood of the Dark Moon|Charles Willard Diffin
The sun, now at high noon, massed the trees' shadow close around their trunks.The Ink-Stain, Complete|Rene Bazin
They concentrated large forces and advanced in massed formation.
Money should be appropriated to permit troops to be massed in body and exercised in maneuvers, particularly in marching.State of the Union Addresses of Theodore Roosevelt|Theodore Roosevelt
Massed everywhere, as near as the Turkish police would let them come, were dense crowds of the population of Constantinople.
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."
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.)