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gathered, assembled: The stores were massed in the downtown area.
Not to be confused with:
mast – a structure rising above the hull of a boat or ship to hold sails; any upright pole, such as a mast for a flag: The flag was flown at half mast.
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1. A unified body of matter with no specific shape: a mass of clay.
2. A grouping of individual parts or elements that compose a unified body of unspecified size or quantity: "Take mankind in mass, and for the most part, they seem a mob of unnecessary duplicates" (Herman Melville).
3. A large but nonspecific amount or number: a mass of bruises.
4. A lump or aggregate of coherent material: a cancerous mass.
5. The principal part; the majority: the mass of the continent.
6. The physical volume or bulk of a solid body.
7. Abbr. m Physics A property of matter equal to the measure of the amount of matter contained in or constituting a physical body that partly determines the body's resistance to changes in the speed or direction of its motion. The mass of an object is not dependent on gravity and therefore is different from but proportional to its weight.
8. An area of unified light, shade, or color in a painting.
9. Pharmacology A thick, pasty mixture containing drugs from which pills are formed.
10. masses The body of common people or people of low socioeconomic status: "Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" (Emma Lazarus).
tr. & intr.v. massed, mass·ing, mass·es
To gather or be gathered into a mass.
1. Of, relating to, characteristic of, directed at, or attended by a large number of people: mass education; mass communication.
2. Done or carried out on a large scale: mass production.
3. Total; complete: The mass result is impressive.
[Middle English masse, from Old French, from Latin massa, from Greek māza, maza; see mag- in Indo-European roots.]
Massalso mass (măs)
a. Public celebration of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant churches.
b. The sacrament of the Eucharist.
2. A musical setting of certain parts of the Mass, especially the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei.
[Middle English masse, from Old English mæsse, from Vulgar Latin *messa, from Late Latin missa, from Latin, feminine past participle of mittere, to send away, dismiss.]
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massed[mæst] ADJ the massed ranks of the enemy → las pobladas filas del enemigo
massed ranks of reporters → una masa de periodistas
massed choirs → grandes agrupaciones fpl corales
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
adj troops, tanks → zusammengezogen; people, plants → dicht gedrängt; massed ranks → dicht gedrängte Reihen; massed sprint (Cycling) → Massensprint m; the massed bands of the Royal Navy → die vereinigten Militärkapellen der königlichen Marine; sung by massed choirs → von den Stimmen mehrerer Chöre gesungen; the massed weight of medical opinion → das ganze Gewicht der ärztlichen Meinung
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