[vast, vahst]
adjective, vaster, vastest.
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.

1565–75; < Latin vastus empty, immense

vastly, adverb
vastness, noun
supervast, adjective
supervastly, adverb
supervastness, noun

1. measureless, boundless, gigantic, colossal, stupendous.

1. small. Unabridged
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vast (vɑːst)
1.  unusually large in size, extent, degree, or number; immense
2.  (prenominal) (intensifier): in vast haste
3.  poetic chiefly the vast immense or boundless space
4.  dialect (Brit) a very great amount or number
[C16: from Latin vastus deserted]

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Word Origin & History

1575, from M.Fr. vaste, from L. 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.
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Example sentences
But a bird wing is vastly more sophisticated than anything composed of sheet
  metal and rivets.
The population needs a better and safer place to live in even though the lands
  are vastly populated with people.
Or if it arrives at the same time but my dish is vastly the wrong temperature.
In both directions, this short, sharp clash was vastly exaggerated.
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