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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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.
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massif

A mountain mass of ancient rocks partly dissected into separate peaks.
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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"
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Translations
גוש הריםמסיףמקשה הרים

massif

[mæˈsiːf] Nmacizo m
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massif

[ˈmæsiːf] nmassif m
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massif

n (Geog) → (Gebirgs)massiv nt
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Situated at an elevation of 7,077 meters (23,219 ft), Mount Kun is the second highest peak of the Nun-Kun mountain massif in the Eastern Himalayan Range near the Suru Valley.
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Its beehives are set on the Bistra-Stogovo mountain massif in southwest Macedonia near the cities of Debar and Kicevo, 100 km from the Adriatic Sea, where there is rich vegetation and plenty of healing honey herbs such as thyme, mint, lemon balm and mountain tea.
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The two men had been climbing the western peak of the Geierkopf mountain massif in the Ammergau Alps when the accident happened, police in the nearby town of Reutte said.
Zone 1 would include the area known as the Maya Mountain Massif, which includes 14 protected areas, as well as the area north of Ambergris Caye, including the Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve.
Handily for me, I was staying at the superb Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in leafy, almost "secret" Constantia, which is at the rear of the Table Mountain massif, adjacent to Kirstenbosch, one of the finest gardens in the world (sanbi.org/ gardens/kirstenbosch, PS3).
Handily for me, I was staying at the superb Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in leafy, almost "secret" Constantia, which is at the rear of the Table Mountain massif and adjacent to Kirstenbosch, one of the finest gardens in the world (sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch, PS3).
Yet, the small mountain massif, which is nestled between the Upper Engadin, and the Julier- and Albula passes, takes its name not from the king of peaks but from the neighbouring, smaller Piz d'Err.
Documentation and monitoring is considered as the documentation of flaking-off phenomena (pasportization) and their monitoring, because of the sizeof decline, vastness falls and the high degree of distress of the mountain massif. With regard to the spatial situation in the underground the monitoring phase of the works was initiated.
Thus, out of the 41 counties of Romania, 27 include in their territory mountain areas which belong to minimum one mountain massif of the Carpathian Mountains chain (Tulcea County is also included here with Macinului Mountains).