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a. Consisting of or making up a large mass; bulky, heavy, and solid: a massive piece of furniture. See Synonyms at heavy.
b. Physics Having relatively high mass: a massive particle.
a. 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).
b. Large in comparison with the usual amount: a massive dose of a drug.
c. Affecting a large area of bodily tissue; widespread and severe: massive gangrene.
a. Mineralogy Lacking internal crystalline structure; amorphous.
b. Geology Without internal structure or layers and homogeneous in composition. Used of a rock.

[Middle English massif, from Old French, from masse, mass; see mass.]

mas′sive·ly adv.
mas′sive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.massiveness - an unwieldy largenessmassiveness - an unwieldy largeness    
bigness, largeness - the property of having a relatively great size
2.massiveness - the property of being large in mass
heaviness, weightiness - the property of being comparatively great in weight; "the heaviness of lead"


The state or quality of being physically heavy:
Informal: avoirdupois.


[ˈmæsɪvnɪs] N [of wall] → solidez f, lo macizo; [of increase, dose, explosion, effort] → enormidad f; [of person, head, body, boulder] → lo gigantesco


n (of expanse of land, plane, ship, hotel etc)riesige or gewaltige Ausmaße pl; (of fortune, expenditure, orchestra)enorme Größe; (of structure, wall)Wuchtigkeit f, → Massivität f; (of boxer, forehead)Wuchtigkeit f; the massiveness of the taskdie gewaltige Aufgabe


(ˈmӕsiv) adjective
huge or heavy. a massive building; a massive burden of taxation.
ˈmassively adverb
ˈmassiveness noun
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Until further information, therefore, I shall maintain it to be a sea-unicorn of colossal dimensions, armed not with a halberd, but with a real spur, as the armoured frigates, or the `rams' of war, whose massiveness and motive power it would possess at the same time.
Farebrother was too keen a man not to know the meaning of that reply, and there was a certain massiveness in Lydgate's manner and tone, corresponding with his physique, which if he repelled your advances in the first instance seemed to put persuasive devices out of question.
Her face relaxed as she noticed the ease with which he got the big trunk to his shoulder, and her eyes glowed as they glanced over the graceful massiveness of the man.
A shining bar of counterfeit massiveness extended down the side of the room.
The face, with large features and strong lines, of the square order, yet well filled out, was apparently massive at first sight; but again, as with the body, the massiveness seemed to vanish, and a conviction to grow of a tremendous and excessive mental or spiritual strength that lay behind, sleeping in the deeps of his being.
She was almost frightened now at the massiveness of the great pile of gray stone with its pillared verandas and its imposing entrance.
Majority of deaths were reported from Shangla while the death toll is feared to rise even further in view of the massiveness of this natural calamity.
This versatility of ceramic materials, the interplay between massiveness and delicacy, between the material in its raw and fired state, as well as the full range of technique and form, are woven through the exhibition.
Moreover, had it tried to collect such information on everyone, the very massiveness of such a data trove would have itself prevented the government from storing it or doing much of anything else with it.
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