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massive Syllabification: mas·sive
Pronunciation: /ˈmasiv/

Definition of massive in English:


1Large and heavy or solid: a massive rampart of stone
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  • It has a heavy skull and a massive neck, and it is also by far the shortest-legged and least cursorial canid.
  • The heavy and massive furniture seems doomed to remain anchored to its designated space.
  • Heating pipes ran under the house - massive things lagged with heavy brown felt.
2Exceptionally large: massive crowds are expected
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  • While the great powers were spending massive amounts of money on weapons and germ warfare, children were dying of starvation in many lands.
  • For now, of course, it's reserved for those with massive amounts of money.
  • Not only will campus bars lose massive amounts of money if they are dry, but they will be far less successful as venues for musical acts.
2.1Very intense or severe: a massive heart attack
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  • Those are patients with suspected heart attacks, massive bleeding, and serious head injuries.
  • One man was taken seriously ill after suffering a massive asthma attack following building work at flats.
  • Sadly, that was no use to my beloved mother who died recently - in Scotland - from a massive heart attack, while on a waiting list for heart surgery.
2.2 informal Particularly successful or influential: the title song became a massive hit
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  • Part of his dilemma is being a victim of his first hit film's massive success.
  • ‘Roosters have been a massive influence on the success of the pub as well,’ says Shaun.
  • His own composition - a massive hit - has been overlooked in favour of the vastly inferior follow-up single, which he had nothing to do with.
3 Geology (Of rocks or beds) having no discernible form or structure.
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  • Offset by the blue of sky, the massive beds of rock stand out in surprising colours.
  • These highly alkaline lakes can produce massive beds of silica.
  • The bed thickness is variable from thinly bedded to massive beds up to 9 m thick, and the contacts with other facies are generally gradational.
3.1(Of a mineral) not visibly crystalline.
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  • Some ore deposit types, such as volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits, can contain both syngenetic and epigenetic mineralization.
  • It also occurs in crusty or otherwise finely crystalline massive aggregates.
  • The massive sulphides are always contained within the Volcano - Sedimentary Complex.


Late Middle English: from French massif, -ive, from Old Fre massis, based on Latin massa (see mass).



[as submodifier]: a massively complicated network
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  • On the home front lets hope the Gambling bill gets massively restricted.
  • For a man walking a tightrope, yesterday's earthquake could be massively destabilising.
  • What they forget is that every other house has also gone up massively.


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  • If it hadn't been the right choice for my family there's no way I'd have been able to take on the massiveness of this job.
  • So that he could appreciate the massiveness of the volcano, she took his hand and traced with him its profile on the horizon.
  • But the very massiveness of these tumors, sometimes rivaling the size of their host, makes their seeming purposelessness all the more obvious.

Words that rhyme with massive

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