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See also: mâssive



from Middle French massif.



massive (comparative more massive, superlative most massive)

  1. Of or pertaining to a large mass; weighty, heavy, or bulky.
    A massive comet or asteroid appears to have ended the era of the dinosaurs.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, The Unknown Ajax:
      But Richmond [] appeared to lose himself in his own reflections. Some pickled crab, which he had not touched, had been removed with a damson pie; and his sister saw, peeping around the massive silver epergne that almost obscured him from her view, that he had eaten no more than a spoonful of that either.
  2. Much larger than normal.
    Compared to its counterparts from World War II, the Abrams main battle tank is truly massive.
    • 2013 June 21, Chico Harlan, “Japan pockets the subsidy […]”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 30: 
      Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."
  3. Of great significance or import; overwhelming.
    The enlightenment comprises massive shifts in many areas of Western thought.
    • 2013 July 20, “The attack of the MOOCs”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8845: 
      Since the launch early last year of […] two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations. University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.
  4. (mineralogy) Of a specimen not exhibiting crystal form.
  5. Of particularly exceptional quality or value; awesome.
    Did you see Colbert last night? He was massive!
  6. (physics, of a particle) Possessing mass.
    Some bosons are massive while others are massless.



Derived terms[edit]



massive (plural massives)

  1. (mineralogy) A homogeneous mass of rock, not layered and without an obvious crystal structure.
    karst massives in western Georgia




massive f

  1. feminine form of massif




  1. inflected form of massiv




  1. feminine plural of massivo