- 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 massé
Origin of Mass
Examples from the Web for masses
In a culture that worships celebrities while pretending to disdain them, the Sony emails are catnip for the masses.
Under the Sun King, such humor—and the laughter associated with it—was seen as more suitable for the masses.
Today, the iconic name shepherds the masses to galleries and museums the world over.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind|Nick Mafi|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First on the to-do list, the profiling exercises to help the Western masses understand the nature of the wretched beast.
“In a sense, the masses are not organized,” says Lo, who is with the South China Morning Post.
It is certainly better suited to the bold outlines and masses of the Norman period.The Cathedral Church of York|A. Clutton-Brock
In our judgment, that is the only way to raise the masses to a consciousness of their rights and responsibilities.The Political Future of India|Lajpat Rai
Industrial crises follow each other with increasing severity and the masses are becoming more and more pauperized.Labor's Martyrs|Vito Marcantonio
The boulders of Erreré are entirely distinct from the rock of the Serra, and consist of masses of compact hornblende.
We simply fell over the cliff, plunging, caroming, and ricocheting down through the masses of vegetation.In Africa|John T. McCutcheon
Word Origin for mass
Word Origin for Mass
Word Origin for massé
"people of the lower class," 1836; plural of mass (n.1).
"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.)