adjective, vast·er, vast·est.
Origin of vast
Examples from the Web for vastness
These sculptures all around the city make the vastness almost like a treasure hunt!New York Is Not Really the Best Place for the All-Star Game|Sarah Langs|July 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His artwork is heavily influenced by the vastness of the big, open sky.James Turrell: Looking Back at 50 Years of Illuminating Light as Art|Jean Trinh|May 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I was either looking down at my notebook or out at the vastness of the site, which itself felt completely arbitrary.At the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a Steady Drip of Toxic Trouble|Eric Nusbaum|February 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Where vastness once signaled bounty, it gives off now a whiff—and sometimes more than that—of excess, of self-indulgence.
Universal execration derives a grandeur even from its vastness.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
This first expedition opened their eyes to the vastness of the undertaking, and led many to doubt who did not doubt before.The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph|Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field
"You may well say that, David," the woman answered with a certain pride in the vastness of her calamity.The Leatherwood God|William Dean Howells
And then the vastness of the problem enunciated by her demand loomed before him.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
I need not describe to you, who know the place so well, the vastness of the building or the splendour of its appearance.The Adventures of a Dog, and a Good Dog Too|Alfred Elwes
British Dictionary definitions for vastness
Word Origin for vast
Word Origin and History for vastness
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.