- a mountainous mass broken up into separate peaks and forming the backbone of a mountain range
- a large block of the earth's crust that is isolated by boundary faults and has shifted as a unit
Origin of massifFr, literally , solid: see massive
- A large mountain mass or compact group of connected mountains forming an independent portion of a range.
- A large section or block of the earth's crust that is more rigid than the surrounding rock and has been moved or displaced as a unit.
Origin of massifFrench massive, massif from Old French; see massive .
1885 French, massif, adjective, from Middle French