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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.
A shining bar of counterfeit massiveness extended down the side of the room.
She was almost frightened now at the massiveness of the great pile of gray stone with its pillared verandas and its imposing entrance.
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.
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.
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.
The expansion and massiveness of higher education has entailed an increase in the number of youth that gain access to it, in contrast to what took place decades ago, when it was characterized by being rather elitist and only a reduced part of the population was able to be admitted and obtain academic degrees.
The reasons can be numerous, insufficient massiveness of the sport at the national level, a large range of age amongst the players in goalball team, because the players categories are not assigned in accordance with the age (pioneers, cadets, juniors, seniors), but in terms of the type and degree of visual impairment.
Caption: CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Clayton Peacock stands near one of Sky Lake's giants to provide a view of the massiveness of the trees here.
The massiveness of drug dependency shows how the natural defenses of most communities have been breached.
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