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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.
  3. large in scale, amount, or degree: a massive breakdown in communications; massive reductions in spending.
  4. solid or substantial; great or imposing: massive erudition.
  5. Mineralogy. having no outward crystal form, although sometimes crystalline in internal structure.
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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
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  • There was massiveness in the desk that stood opposite the hall door, near a window.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • This big lad, who had the massiveness and gentleness of a Fleming, was a protege of Lisa's.

  • The Old Schloss is impressive mainly by its massiveness and its august dome.

    In and Around Berlin

    Minerva Brace Norton

  • All these public edifices have a uniform character of massiveness and solidity.

    The Coming Race

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • Nothing remains to the dishonored sepulchres, except their massiveness.

    The Marble Faun, Volume II.

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for massiveness


  1. (of objects) large in mass; bulky, heavy, and usually solid
  2. impressive or imposing in quality, degree, or scopemassive grief
  3. relatively intensive or large; considerablea massive dose
  4. pathol affecting a large area of the bodya massive cancer
  5. geology
    1. (of igneous rocks) having no stratification, cleavage, etc; homogeneous
    2. (of sedimentary rocks) arranged in thick poorly defined strata
  6. mineralogy without obvious crystalline structure
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  1. slang a group of friends or associates; gangthe Staines massive
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Derived Formsmassively, adverbmassiveness, noun

Word Origin

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



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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massiveness in Medicine


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