Definition of


  1. (adj, all) consisting of great mass; containing a great quantity of matter
  2. (adj, all) imposing in size or bulk or solidity
    Moore's massive sculptures
    the monolithic proportions of Stalinist architecture
    a monumental scale
  3. (adj, all) imposing in scale or scope or degree or power
    a massive increase in oil prices
    massive changes
  4. (adj, all) being the same substance throughout

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Synonyms of Massive

monolithic, monumental

Alternate forms of Massive

Derivations: massiveness

Origin of the word Massive

  1. c.1400, from M.Fr. massif (fem. massiv) "bulky, solid," from O.Fr. masse "lump" (see mass (1)). Massive retaliation, U.S. Cold War strategy outlined by J.F. Dulles, is from early 1954. more

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