- The definition of massive is something or someone that is very large, bulky and solid.
An example of something that would be described as massive is the Grand Canyon or the Rocky Mountains.
The Rocky Mountains are massive.
- 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