- 1The Christian Eucharist or Holy Communion, especially in the Roman Catholic Church: we went to Mass the Latin MassMore example sentences
- Ideal Christmas gifts will be on sale next weekend at all Masses in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
- The Masses and other ceremonies in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary this Christmas had full congregations.
- Preparations for First Holy Communion began at all Masses in the parish church last Sunday week.
- 1.2A musical setting of parts of the liturgy used in the Mass.More example sentences
- The main work was the beautiful setting in G Minor of The Mass by Vaughan Williams.
- The concert ended with a Mass by Bellini in which the organist, choir and soloists gave a magnificent performance.
- They also played an excerpt from his Mass in C minor, with its haunting Kyrie.
Old English mæsse, from ecclesiastical Latin missa, from Latin miss- 'dismissed', from mittere, perhaps from the last words of the service, Ite, missa est 'Go, it is the dismissal'.
- 1A coherent, typically large body of matter with no definite shape: a mass of curly hair from here the trees were a dark massMore example sentences
- At the opposite end of what passed for the main street of the village, a group of the attackers had gathered, a mass of dark shapes and forms.
- The townspeople moved as quickly as they could to get back to their homes, and the main street was just a mass of dark forms running and fleeing.
- The sky was a dome of darkness over their heads, the stars blotted out by a mass of thick, dark clouds.
- 1.1A large number of people or objects crowded together: a mass of cyclistsMore example sentences
- From this elevated angle, the crowd looked like a mass of glowing angels doing some sort of celestial dance.
- He grabbed two wires and then pressed them together, sending a mass of sparks all over the engine.
- A mass of runners swarmed the roads for one of the towns' biggest yearly events.
- 1.2A large amount of material: a mass of conflicting evidenceMore example sentences
- Sue now provides this, making use of a mass of hitherto unused material.
- The editor has a mass of material from which the text is now extracted.
- It is not only encyclopaedias, dictionaries, and libraries that create the illusion of a semblance of order from a mass of chaotic and random materials.
- 1.3 (masses) • informal A large quantity or amount of something: we get masses of homeworkMore example sentences
- The survey was set up to record masses of quantitative data, as well as qualitative data in the form of written comments.
- Wonderful scenery, plenty of walks and masses of peace and quiet.
- He said it was clear that the people needed information which engaged their interest rather than masses of general data.
- 1.4Any of the main portions in a painting or drawing that each have some unity in color, lighting, or some other quality: the masterly distribution of massesMore example sentences
- The solid background of the Byzantine mosaic forms the most obvious colour mass, against which the figures in a scene are set.
- His golden glows and ghostly, bluish lights articulate masses more elemental than any particular subject in nature.
- Her textured masses never seem to be simply formalist constructions, even when viewers don't know her history.
- 2 (the mass of) The majority of: the great mass of the population had little interest in the projectMore example sentences
- There is considerable disparity of wealth between a small elite and the mass of the population.
- While shooting was hated by the mass of the rural population, and the Game Laws universally flouted, they took a benign and active interest in the hunt.
- Many student activists continued to advocate an electoral boycott, a campaign which has fallen on deaf ears among the mass of the population.
- 2.1 (the masses) The ordinary people.More example sentences
- The revolutionaries have failed so far to mobilize and unite the masses and pious middle classes of most countries.
- And the masses also defy all caste and communal barriers on such crucial junctions and vote to restore social and national health.
- You can talk to radicals in Europe and they'll tell you that their agenda is very popular with the masses when, in fact, it's not.
- 3 Physics The quantity of matter that a body contains, as measured by its acceleration under a given force or by the force exerted on it by a gravitational field.More example sentences
- Every object with mass exerts a gravitational force.
- An object with mass creates a gravitational field around itself.
- The problem is that gravitons carry mass and energy, which are the source of the gravitational field in the first place.
- 3.1(In general use) weight.More example sentences
- We calculated percentage fat mass by dividing fat mass by total weight.
- This device measures the atomic weight, or mass, as well as the prevalence of various atoms or molecules, and it scans the components one at a time.
- To calculate the moles of nitrogen in each sample, core segment dry mass was multiplied by its nitrogen percentage and divided by nitrogen's atomic weight.
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- Relating to, done by, or affecting large numbers of people or things: the movie has mass appeal a mass exodus of refugeesMore example sentences
- Here conventionality is a contributing factor to the novel's success; these are universal themes with mass appeal.
- Nearly forty people were in hospital today and a further 50 are believed to be affected by a mass outbreak of food poisoning.
- Uncertain as to where to go or what to do, they eventually become part of the mass exodus of refugees fleeing for their very lives.
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- Assemble or cause to assemble into a mass or as one body: [with object]: both countries began massing troops in the region [no object]: clouds massed heavily on the horizonMore example sentences
- In many areas mine warfare is replacing massed armies facing each other across vast plains.
- In both cases, you have a mobile army massing and maneuvering against static defensive positions.
- During this performance the assembled pipers and drummers will play together in one massed pipe band.
be a mass of
- Be completely covered with: his face was a mass of bruisesMore example sentences
- For the longest time, the cover appeared to be a mass of abstract marks, then suddenly it came clear and two schooners at sea appeared out of the scratches.
- Her hair is torn out, her face is a mass of bruises and her neck is almost as thick as that of a horse.
- His shoulders, back, chest, and upper arms were a mass of bruises, some of them accompanied by bleeding scrapes and cuts.
in the mass
- As a whole: her genuine affection for humanity in the massMore example sentences
- Contemporary Americans, in the mass, seem to have lost sight of, and connection with, the past.
- There had to be minds to perceive ideas, and since only a small minority of our ideas were the products of our own fancy, they had in the mass to have some external cause.
- Democracies work well, and my hypothesis is that this is because people in the mass have a different kind of intelligence at work.
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- Even though photons are massless, they still have an equivalent mass because they have energy.
- For example, Einstein's special relativity theory predicts that massless particles in a vacuum travel at the speed of light and that particles with mass travel more slowly, in a way that can be calculated if we know their mass.
- Hawking radiation, involving massless virtual particles and particle-antiparticle pairs, for example, may explain mass and radiation leakage from blackholes.
late Middle English: from Old French masse, from Latin massa, from Greek maza 'barley cake'; perhaps related to massein 'knead'.