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vast Syllabification: vast

Definition of vast in English:


Of very great extent or quantity; immense: a vast plain of buffalo grass
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  • They have plenty of money and as a result they consume vast quantities of drink.
  • In this day and age, there is no real need to take vast quantities of cash or even traveller's cheques with you.
  • Water in the form of ice has been found in vast quantities just below the surface across large areas of Mars.


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An immense space.
Example sentences
  • And up from the vast a murmuring passed As from a wood of pines.


Pronunciation: /ˈvas(t)lē/
Example sentences
  • Yet, the nouveau riche are vastly outnumbered by a huge underclass of desperately poor people.
  • It is a question of how to combat poverty, particularly in boroughs that are vastly overcrowded.
  • There are vastly more important issues to which valuable parliamentary time should be dedicated.
Pronunciation: /ˈvas(t)nəs/
Example sentences
  • And maybe after I have tried scuba diving, I will begin to miss the vastness and expanse of the deep blue sea.
  • Without moving your eyes, concentrate on the vastness and depth of the open sky.
  • From the air, as we approached, that rig looked extremely small and fragile in the vastness of the turbulent sea.
Example sentences
  • This restless spirit, having been called forth from the vasty deep, henceforth refused to be exorcised.
  • Glendower says, ‘I can call spirits from the vasty deep.’


Late Middle English: from Latin vastus 'void, immense;' compare with waste.

Words that rhyme with vast

aghast, avast, Belfast, blast, cast, caste, contrast, fast, last, mast, miscast, outlast, past, unsurpassed
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