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)


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