- 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 massingabsorption, consolidation, combination, lade, stuff, pile, carry, cram, pack, stack, store, fill, load, assemble, collect, heap, accumulate, express, hold, squeeze
Examples from the Web for massing
Contemporary Examples of massing
Is Moscow massing troops on the border for leverage or for war?Russia Swears No Invasion, Never Mind All the Tanks
March 14, 2014
The police station got a call: Brotherhood sympathizers were massing for an attack.In Egypt’s Countryside, Vendettas Between Police and Islamists Simmer
Mike Giglio, Christopher Dickey
October 28, 2013
The Syrian military seems to be massing to move into the rebel-held city of Homs, writes James Harkin.Syrian Army Looks Poised to Attack Homs
December 14, 2011
Evangelicals, fired up by the U.S.-Israel drama, are massing for the midterm elections.The Religious Right's 10 Favorite Candidates
Samuel P. Jacobs
March 17, 2010
Historical Examples of massing
Had they become suspicious, and were even now massing for a surprise attack?Pirates of the Gorm
Beyond the station, on either side the road, grey troops were massing.
Lee was massing them in the centre, training them against the eastern foot of the ridge.
Workingmen looking to their guns, massing about the government buildings.Erik Dorn
He was aware, too, that a despairing multitude were massing on the decks above him.Sonnie-Boy's People
James B. Connolly
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."