consisting of or forming a large mass; bulky and heavy: massive columns.
large and heavy-looking: a massive forehead.
large in scale, amount, or degree: a massive breakdown in communications; massive reductions in spending.
solid or substantial; great or imposing: massive erudition.
Mineralogy. having no outward crystal form, although sometimes crystalline in internal structure.

Origin of massive

1375–1425; late Middle English (see mass, -ive); replacing Middle English massif < Middle French
Related formsmas·sive·ly, adverbmas·sive·ness, mas·siv·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of massively

Historical Examples of massively

  • "Come as you are," said the Tamburini, who massively stood up.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • He could see her cheek, the cheek that ran too massively into her neck.

  • Stress and thrust answer each other directly, simply, massively.

    Parallel Paths

    Thomas William Rolleston

  • The city is massively built, but it has a battered look, and no wonder.

    Heroic Spain

    Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly

  • To her eyes the tree stood as massively firm as she had ever seen it.

    The Brimming Cup

    Dorothy Canfield Fisher

British Dictionary definitions for massively



(of objects) large in mass; bulky, heavy, and usually solid
impressive or imposing in quality, degree, or scopemassive grief
relatively intensive or large; considerablea massive dose
pathol affecting a large area of the bodya massive cancer
  1. (of igneous rocks) having no stratification, cleavage, etc; homogeneous
  2. (of sedimentary rocks) arranged in thick poorly defined strata
mineralogy without obvious crystalline structure


slang a group of friends or associates; gangthe Staines massive
Derived Formsmassively, adverbmassiveness, noun

Word Origin for massive

C15: from French massif, from masse mass
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Word Origin and History for massively



c.1400, from Middle French massif "bulky, solid," from Old French masse "lump" (see mass (n.1)). Related: Massively; massiveness. U.S. Cold War strategy of massive retaliation was introduced by J.F. Dulles in early 1954.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

massively in Medicine




Large in comparison with the usual amount.
Affecting a large area of bodily tissue; widespread and severe.
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