[ mas-iv ]
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  1. consisting of or forming a large mass; bulky and heavy: massive columns.

  2. large and heavy-looking: a massive forehead.

  1. large in scale, amount, or degree: a massive breakdown in communications;massive reductions in spending.

  2. solid or substantial; great or imposing: massive erudition.

  3. Mineralogy. having no outward crystal form, although sometimes crystalline in internal structure.

Origin of massive

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English (see mass, -ive); replacing Middle English massif, from Middle French

Other words from massive

  • mas·sive·ly, adverb
  • mas·sive·ness, mas·siv·i·ty, noun

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[ mas-iv ]

  1. Mount, a mountain in central Colorado, in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains: second highest in U.S. Rockies. 14,421 feet (4,396 meters). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use massive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for massive


/ (ˈmæsɪv) /

  1. (of objects) large in mass; bulky, heavy, and usually solid

  2. impressive or imposing in quality, degree, or scope: massive grief

  1. relatively intensive or large; considerable: a massive dose

  2. pathol affecting a large area of the body: a massive cancer

  3. geology

    • (of igneous rocks) having no stratification, cleavage, etc; homogeneous

    • (of sedimentary rocks) arranged in thick poorly defined strata

  4. mineralogy without obvious crystalline structure

  1. slang a group of friends or associates; gang: the Staines massive

Origin of massive

C15: from French massif, from masse mass

Derived forms of massive

  • massively, adverb
  • massiveness, noun

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