- 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.
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Origin of mass
Related formsmass·ed·ly [mas-id-lee, mast-lee] /ˈmæs ɪd li, ˈmæst li/, adverbun·massed, adjective
Can be confusedmassed mast
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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
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Derived Formsmassed, adjectivemassedly (ˈmæsɪdlɪ, ˈmæstlɪ), adverb
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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.)