[ vast, vahst ]
/ væst, vɑst /
adjective, vast·er, vast·est.
of very great area or extent; immense: the vast reaches of outer space. of very great size or proportions; huge; enormous: vast piles of rubble left in the wake of the war.
very great in number, quantity, amount, etc.: vast sums of money.
very great in degree, intensity, etc.: an artisan of vast skill.
Literary. an immense or boundless expanse or space.
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Origin of vast
First recorded in 1565–75, vast is from the Latin word vastus “empty, immense”
OTHER WORDS FROM vastvast·ly, adverbvast·ness, nounsu·per·vast, adjectivesu·per·vast·ness, noun
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How to use vast in a sentence
For the vast middle of this country, and the even vaster populations that lie beyond it, it has been a relatively good year.
But for the vast middle of this country, and the even vaster populations that lie beyond it, it has been a relatively good year.
The scale was vaster, horizons wider, beauty and wonder walked hand in hand with love and death.
The very sky had an alien look, seeming vaster somehow than the circumscribed clouds of Kensington.
Vast as it was, it seemed even vaster in the red light and in the fire of John's own imagination.
This city of yours—all that I have seen of it—revolts me; but it is vast, vaster than those built by the mortals of old.
The policy of the Boer War is being tried on a vaster scale against Europe.
British Dictionary definitions for vast
unusually large in size, extent, degree, or number; immense
(prenominal) (intensifier)in vast haste
the vast mainly poetic immense or boundless space
British dialect a very great amount or number
Derived forms of vastvastity, nounvastly, adverbvastness, noun
Word Origin for vast
C16: from Latin vastus deserted
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