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[mas-iv] /ˈmæs ɪv/
consisting of or forming a large mass; bulky and heavy:
massive columns.
large and heavy-looking:
a massive forehead.
large in scale, amount, or degree:
a massive breakdown in communications; massive reductions in spending.
solid or substantial; great or imposing:
massive erudition.
Mineralogy. having no outward crystal form, although sometimes crystalline in internal structure.
Origin of massive
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (see mass, -ive); replacing Middle English massif < Middle French
Related forms
massively, adverb
massiveness, massivity, noun Unabridged
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  • Together they have hewn the cliffs, which are like vast rock tombs with their Egyptian massiveness.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • This big lad, who had the massiveness and gentleness of a Fleming, was a protege of Lisa's.

  • The Old Schloss is impressive mainly by its massiveness and its august dome.

    In and Around Berlin Minerva Brace Norton
  • All these public edifices have a uniform character of massiveness and solidity.

    The Coming Race Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • In their massiveness they are unsurpassed save by the mandible from Mauer.

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
  • Oh, the massiveness of the intellects of the old classic writers!

    Girls of the Forest L. T. Meade
  • Magnitude and massiveness are congenial to Dobell, and almost necessary to draw out his best.

    The Age of Tennyson Hugh Walker
  • But the proper merit of a foundation is its massiveness and solidity.

    Biographia Epistolaris Volume 2 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Hence Luxor satisfies the eye in the perfect arrangement of the columns and in the massiveness of the work.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for massiveness


(of objects) large in mass; bulky, heavy, and usually solid
impressive or imposing in quality, degree, or scope: massive grief
relatively intensive or large; considerable: a massive dose
(pathol) affecting a large area of the body: a massive cancer
  1. (of igneous rocks) having no stratification, cleavage, etc; homogeneous
  2. (of sedimentary rocks) arranged in thick poorly defined strata
(mineralogy) without obvious crystalline structure
(slang) a group of friends or associates; gang: the Staines massive
Derived Forms
massively, adverb
massiveness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from French massif, from massemass
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Word Origin and History for massiveness



c.1400, from Middle French massif "bulky, solid," from Old French masse "lump" (see mass (n.1)). Related: Massively; massiveness. U.S. Cold War strategy of massive retaliation was introduced by J.F. Dulles in early 1954.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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massiveness in Medicine

massive mas·sive (mās'ĭv)

  1. Large in comparison with the usual amount.

  2. Affecting a large area of bodily tissue; widespread and severe.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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