Massif meaning

mă-sēf'
A large mountain mass or compact group of connected mountains forming an independent portion of a range.
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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.
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A mountainous mass broken up into separate peaks and forming the backbone of a mountain range.
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A large block of the earth's crust that is isolated by boundary faults and has shifted as a unit.
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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.
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A principal mountain mass.
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A block of the earth's crust bounded by faults or flexures and displaced as a unit without internal change; normally consists of gneisses and schists.
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Origin of massif

  • French massive, massif from Old French massive
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 1885 French, massif, adjective, from Middle French
    From Wiktionary