- The definition of amass is to gather or collect a large amount of something.
An example of amass is to hoard up 100 cans of tuna just in case you need them.
- Amass is defined as individuals gathering together.
An example of when people have amassed is when people go to one area for a parade.
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- to pile up; collect together
- to accumulate (esp. wealth)
Origin: French amasser ; from Midieval Latin amassare ; from a-, to plush Vulgar Latin massare, to form a lump ; from Classical Latin massa, a lump, mass
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verb a·massed, a·mass·ing, a·mass·es verb, transitive
- To gather for oneself, as for one's pleasure or profit: amassed a fortune. See Synonyms at gather.
- To accumulate or assemble a large quantity of: “The astronomers had amassed compelling evidence that the galaxies indeed were speeding away from the earth and from each other” (George Johnson).
Origin: Middle English, to accumulate, from Old French amasser, to assemble : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + masser, to gather together (from Latin massa, lump, mass; see mass ).
- a·massˈa·ble adjective
- a·massˈer noun
- a·massˈment noun
amass - Business Definition
amass - Computer Definition
(Archive Management And Storage System) Tape management software for Unix from Quantum Corporation, Colorado Springs, CO (www.quantum.com). Originally developed by ADIC, AMASS makes the tape library look like an infinite disk drive to the application. At the back end, it manages the robotic mechanisms that move the required tape cartridges to the available tape drives. Supporting optical libraries as well, AMASS is used when an enterprise has exceeded its disk storage and needs to migrate to long-term storage.
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