- 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
Examples from the Web for massiveness
Contemporary Examples of massiveness
Meanwhile, the massiveness of the throne warranted some model-making ahead of time, with an interesting twist.Game of Thrones: 10 Secrets About HBO's Adaptation
April 4, 2011
Historical Examples of massiveness
There was massiveness in the desk that stood opposite the hall door, near a window.Within the Law
This big lad, who had the massiveness and gentleness of a Fleming, was a protege of Lisa's.The Fat and the Thin
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.
- (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
- (of igneous rocks) having no stratification, cleavage, etc; homogeneous
- (of sedimentary rocks) arranged in thick poorly defined strata
- mineralogy without obvious crystalline structure
- slang a group of friends or associates; gangthe Staines massive
Word Origin for massive
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.
- Large in comparison with the usual amount.
- Affecting a large area of bodily tissue; widespread and severe.