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.

Nearby words

  1. massine, léonide,
  2. massinger,
  3. massinger, philip,
  4. massinisa,
  5. massinissa,
  6. massive resistance,
  7. massive retaliation,
  8. massive, mount,
  9. massively,
  10. massless

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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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.

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Medicine definitions for massively




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

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