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mas·sif

 (mă-sēf′)
n.
1. A large mountain mass or compact group of connected mountains forming an independent portion of a range.
2. A large section or block of the earth's crust that is more rigid than the surrounding rock and has been moved or displaced as a unit.

[French, massive, massif, from Old French; see massive.]

massif

(ˈmæsiːf; French masif)
n
1. (Geological Science) a geologically distinct mass of rock or a series of connected masses forming the peaks of a mountain range
2. (Geological Science) a topographically high part of the earth's crust that is bounded by faults and may be shifted by tectonic movements
[C19: from French, noun use of massif massive]

mas•sif

(mæˈsif, ˈmæs ɪf)

n.
1. a compact portion of a mountain range, containing one or more summits.
2. a band or zone of the earth's crust raised or depressed as a unit and bounded by faults.
[1515–25; < French, n. use of massif massive]

massif

- A compact group of mountains or a mountain range section; it first meant "building block" and the word massive is derived from that.
See also related terms for mountains.

massif

A mountain mass of ancient rocks partly dissected into separate peaks.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.massif - a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain rangemassif - a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range
geological formation, formation - (geology) the geological features of the earth
chain of mountains, mountain chain, mountain range, range of mountains, range, chain - a series of hills or mountains; "the valley was between two ranges of hills"; "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"
Translations
גוש הריםמסיףמקשה הרים

massif

[mæˈsiːf] Nmacizo m

massif

[ˈmæsiːf] nmassif m

massif

n (Geog) → (Gebirgs)massiv nt
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