The Rocky Mountains are massive.
An example of something that would be described as massive is the Grand Canyon or the Rocky Mountains.
- forming or consisting of a large mass; big and solid; bulky; ponderous
- larger or greater than normal: a massive dose of medicine
- large and imposing or impressive; of considerable magnitude
- large-scale; extensive: massive retaliation
- Geol.: said of some stratified rocks
- homogeneous in structure, without stratification, foliation, etc.: massive rock formations
- occurring in thick beds, without minor joints and lamination
- Med. heavy and of wide extent: massive hemorrhage
- Mineralogy irregular in form, though occasionally crystalline in internal structure
Origin of massiveFrench massif, with change of suffix (see -ive), for Old French massiz from Vulgar Latin an unverified form massiceus from Classical Latin massa, mass
- a. Consisting of or making up a large mass; bulky, heavy, and solid: a massive piece of furniture. See Synonyms at heavy.b. Physics Having relatively high mass: a massive particle.
- a. Large or imposing, as in quantity, scope, degree, intensity, or scale: “Local defense must be reinforced by the further deterrent of massive retaliatory power” ( John Foster Dulles )b. Large in comparison with the usual amount: a massive dose of a drug.c. Affecting a large area of bodily tissue; widespread and severe: massive gangrene.
- a. Mineralogy Lacking internal crystalline structure; amorphous.b. Geology Without internal structure or layers and homogeneous in composition. Used of a rock.
Origin of massiveMiddle English massif from Old French from masse mass ; see mass .
(comparative more massive, superlative most massive)
- Of or pertaining to a large mass; weighty, heavy, or bulky.
- A massive comet or asteroid appears to have ended the era of the dinosaurs.
- Much larger than normal.
- Compared to its counterparts from World War II, the Abrams main battle tank is truly massive.
- The enlightenment comprises massive shifts in many areas of Western thought.
- (mineralogy) Of a specimen not exhibiting crystal form.
- Of particularly exceptional quality or value; awesome.
- Did you see Colbert last night? He was massive!
- (physics, of a particle) Possessing mass.
- Some bosons are massive while others are massless.
- (of or pertaining to a large mass): insubstantial, light
- (much larger than normal): dwarf, little, microscopic, midget, minuscule, pint-sized, tiny, wee
- (of great significance or import): inconsequential, insignificant, piddling, trifling, trivial, unimportant
- (of grandeur): lame, stale, disappointing, crappy
- (of having a positive mass): massless