from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or state of being immense.
- n. Something immense: "the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water” ( Joseph Conrad).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state or characteristic of being immense.
- n. An immense object.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being immense; inlimited or immeasurable extension; infinity; vastness in extent or bulk; greatness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or state of being immense.
- n. Vastness; hugeness; enormous extent or degree: as, the immensity of the Roman empire.
- n. That which is immense; an extent not to be measured; infinity; especially, infinite space or the universe in space.
- n. A vast extent, degree, bulk, or quantity; a very great amount.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. unusual largeness in size or extent or number
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Jupiter or Sirius from the earth is ascertained; and though there is a triangle still more vast, its base extending either way from us, with and past the horizon into immensity, and its apex infinitely distant above us; to which corresponds a similar infinite triangle belo _what is above equalling what is below, immensity equalling immensity_; -- yet the
To be confronted with such an immensity was an astonishment that virtually no one was prepared for.
As, by the power we find in ourselves of repeating, as often as we will, any idea of space, we get the idea of immensity; so, by being able to repeat the idea of any length of duration we have in our minds, with all the endless addition of number, we come by the idea of eternity.
Moreover, their ignorance comes out in a clear light with respect to the case of that woman who, suffering from an issue of blood, touched the hem of the Lord's garment, and so was made whole; for they maintain that through her was shown forth that twelfth power who suffered passion, and flowed out towards immensity, that is, the twelfth AEon.
The novel starts in intriguing, if somewhat slow-paced way - an archaeological dig on the other planet; but once we learn what kind of immensity this dig uncovers, the pace picks up and a marvelous adventure gets underway.
On the sea the thrashing hills of green water suggested a kind of immensity and terror, but not the immensity of the poet's heart.
Encarta World English Dictionary points out that enormousness has a more neutral meaning when used to refer to size, but is clumsy, so they recommend that you "find an alternative such as immensity or vastness."
Oresme also speaks of the immensity which is outside the Heavens and identifies this immensity “ by which he undoubtedly means the extracosmic void space “ with God himself.
"immensity" may give adequate idea of the audience present.
On the sea the thrashing hills of green water suggested a kind of immensity and terror, but not the immensity of the poet’s heart.