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Definition of "massive" []

  • Consisting of or making up a large mass; bulky, heavy, and solid: a massive piece of furniture. (adjective)
  • Large or imposing, as in quantity, scope, degree, intensity, or scale: "Local defense must be reinforced by the further deterrent of massive retaliatory power” ( John Foster Dulles). See Synonyms at heavy. (adjective)
  • Large in comparison with the usual amount: a massive dose of a drug. (adjective)
  • Pathology Affecting a large area of bodily tissue; widespread and severe: massive gangrene. (adjective)
  • Mineralogy Lacking internal crystalline structure; amorphous. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "massive" in a sentence
  • "Ashurst restructuring managing partner Mark Vickers said: "We've seen massive changes taking place in the banking ­industry - there's been ­massive upheaval both in the marketplace and organisationally within the banks."
  • "Kwesi Ofori, director of public affairs for the Ghanaian national police, told VOA authorities came to the camp to quell what he described as massive violence that was being carried out by the refugees."
  • "ElBaradei's message comes just days after President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party swept to victory in parliamentary elections after the two main opposition groups boycotted a second round of voting to protest what they called massive fraud."