- 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.
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- 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: Fr massif, with change of suffix (see -ive), for Old French massiz from Vulgar Latin an unverified form massiceus from Classical Latin massa, mass
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- Consisting of or making up a large mass; bulky, heavy, and solid: a massive piece of furniture.
- 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). See Synonyms at heavy.
- Large in comparison with the usual amount: a massive dose of a drug.
- Pathology Affecting a large area of bodily tissue; widespread and severe: massive gangrene.
- Mineralogy Lacking internal crystalline structure; amorphous.
- Geology Without internal structure or layers and homogeneous in composition. Used of a rock.
Origin: Middle English massif, from Old French, from masse, mass; see mass .
- masˈsive·ly adverb
- masˈsive·ness noun
massive - Medical Definition
- Large in comparison with the usual amount.
- Affecting a large area of bodily tissue; widespread and severe.