massif[ma sēf′, mas′if]
massif definition by Webster's New World
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- 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: French literally , solid: see massive
massif definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- 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: French, massive, massif, from Old French; see massive.
massif - Science Definition
A large mountain mass or compact group of connected mountains forming an independent portion of a range. A massif often consists of rocks that are more rigid than the surrounding rocks.