vast

[ 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.

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for vast

vast
/ (vɑːst) /

adjective

unusually large in size, extent, degree, or number; immense
(prenominal) (intensifier)in vast haste

noun

the vast mainly poetic immense or boundless space
British dialect a very great amount or number

Derived forms of vast

vastity, nounvastly, adverbvastness, noun

Word Origin for vast

C16: from Latin vastus deserted
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