adjective, vast·er, vast·est.
Origin of vast
Examples from the Web for vastly
The two carriers are headquartered in Kuala Lumpur but have vastly different profiles and operating philosophies.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our time is so vastly different in its particulars that the parallels work only in broad strokes.
To prevent further attacks we have vastly improved our defenses at home.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea|Bruce Riedel|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In terms of options, the cultural world of 1974 was vastly better than that of 1954.This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended|Nick Gillespie|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These numbers, although startling, are thought to “vastly underestimate” the reality.CDC Director: First U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’|Abby Haglage|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The known world of the twelfth century is a very much smaller world than ours, and it is a world of a vastly greater unity.The Unity of Civilization|Various
She was very happy on her return journey to New York,—in vastly different mood than the one of nine weeks before.Jane Journeys On|Ruth Comfort Mitchell
The sound was clear, sharp, and metallic, and vastly higher in pitch than a ship's call.The Man Who Rocked the Earth|Arthur Train
This being the force, and such the weapons, with which we marched against and defeated the vastly superior army of Narvaez.
And it's vastly more irksome to give up one's own way, than to hear a few impertinent remarks.Camilla|Fanny Burney
Word Origin for vast
1570s, from Middle French vaste, from Latin vastus "immense, extensive, huge," also "desolate, unoccupied, empty." The two meanings probably originally attached to two separate words, one with a long -a- one with a short -a-, that merged in early Latin (see waste). Very popular early 18c. as an intensifier. Related: Vastly; vastness.