- 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 massé
Origin of Mass
Examples from the Web for masses
Contemporary Examples of masses
In a culture that worships celebrities while pretending to disdain them, the Sony emails are catnip for the masses.The Disaster Story That Hollywood Had Coming
December 17, 2014
Under the Sun King, such humor—and the laughter associated with it—was seen as more suitable for the masses.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
Today, the iconic name shepherds the masses to galleries and museums the world over.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind
December 7, 2014
First on the to-do list, the profiling exercises to help the Western masses understand the nature of the wretched beast.ISIS and BS
October 15, 2014
“In a sense, the masses are not organized,” says Lo, who is with the South China Morning Post.Occupy Hong Kong Hangs On
September 30, 2014
Historical Examples of masses
I acknowledge my obligations to the masses of my countrymen, and to them alone.
The masses of our people are better fed, clothed, and housed than their fathers were.
Masses of Asia have awakened to strike off shackles of the past.
After all, it is the masses that free a nation, and thank God for it.Ridgeway
In masses and mobs they needed kings and rulers but could not choose them.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
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."