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vast

[vast, vahst] /væst, vɑst/
adjective, vaster, vastest.
1.
of very great area or extent; immense:
the vast reaches of outer space.
2.
of very great size or proportions; huge; enormous:
vast piles of rubble left in the wake of the war.
3.
very great in number, quantity, amount, etc.:
vast sums of money.
4.
very great in degree, intensity, etc.:
an artisan of vast skill.
noun
5.
Literary. an immense or boundless expanse or space.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Latin vastus empty, immense
Related forms
vastly, adverb
vastness, noun
supervast, adjective
supervastly, adverb
supervastness, noun
Synonyms
1. measureless, boundless, gigantic, colossal, stupendous.
Antonyms
1. small.
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  • It also brought an understanding of the vastness of the universe and humanity's insignificant place in it.
  • LA is inefficient and has spread into the vastness of the desert.
  • At their best, science fiction and theology can leave us awestruck before the unutterable strangeness and vastness of the cosmos.
British Dictionary definitions for vastness

vast

/vɑːst/
adjective
1.
unusually large in size, extent, degree, or number; immense
2.
(prenominal) (intensifier): in vast haste
noun
3.
(mainly poetic) the vast, immense or boundless space
4.
(Brit, dialect) a very great amount or number
Derived Forms
vastity, noun
vastly, adverb
vastness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vastus deserted
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Word Origin and History for vastness

vast

adj.

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.

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