from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Consisting of or making up a large mass; bulky, heavy, and solid: a massive piece of furniture.
- adj. 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.
- adj. Large in comparison with the usual amount: a massive dose of a drug.
- adj. Pathology Affecting a large area of bodily tissue; widespread and severe: massive gangrene.
- adj. Mineralogy Lacking internal crystalline structure; amorphous.
- adj. Geology Without internal structure or layers and homogeneous in composition. Used of a rock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to a large mass; weighty, heavy, or bulky.
- adj. Much larger than normal.
- adj. Of great significance or import; overwhelming.
- adj. Of a specimen not exhibiting crystal form.
- adj. Of particularly exceptional quality or value; awesome.
- adj. Possessing mass.
- n. A homogeneous mass of rock, not layered and without an obvious crystal structure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Forming, or consisting of, a large mass; compacted; weighty; heavy; massy.
- adj. In mass; not necessarily without a crystalline structure, but having no regular form.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Forming or consisting of a large mass; solid; having great size and weight; heavy; weighty; ponderous: as, a massive weapon.
- Existing in mass or masses; massed or aggregated; not separated into parts or elements: specifically applied in psychology to sensations or feelings.
- Pertaining to the whole mass or bulk of anything; total, as to mass; not special, local, or partial.
- In mineralogy, without crystalline form, although perhaps crystalline in structure: as, a mineral that occurs massive. A mineral which is both massive and non-crystalline is said to be amorphous.
- In geology, homogeneous; destitute of structural divisions, such as planes of stratification or jointing.
- In zoology, massed: applied to the type of structure represented by the mollusks.
- In zoology: Noting a compact sponge of any kind which grows more or less equally in all directions: contrasted with incrusting, dendritic, flabellate, etc.
- In pathology, extensive; involving a large mass of tissue.
- n. Same as massif.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. being the same substance throughout
- adj. imposing in size or bulk or solidity
- adj. consisting of great mass; containing a great quantity of matter
- adj. imposing in scale or scope or degree or power
Middle English massif, from Old French, from masse, mass; see mass.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French massif. (Wiktionary)