adjective Etymology: Middle English massiffe, from Anglo-French mascif, alteration of massiz, from Vulgar Latin *massicius, from Latin massa mass Date: 15th century 1. forming or consisting of a large mass: a. bulky b. weighty, heavy <
massive walls
a massive volume
c. impressively large or ponderous d. having no regular form but not necessarily lacking crystalline structure <
massive sandstone
2. a. large, solid, or heavy in structure <
massive jaw
b. large in scope or degree <
the feeling of frustration, of being ineffectual, is massive — David Halberstam
c. (1) large in comparison to what is typical <
a massive dose of penicillin
(2) being extensive and severe <
massive hemorrhage
massive collapse of a lung
(3) imposing in excellence or grandeur ; monumental <
massive simplicity
3. having mass <
a massive boson
massively adverbmassiveness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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