massy

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English massy; equivalent to mass +‎ -y.

Adjective[edit]

massy (comparative massier, superlative massiest)

  1. Heavy; massive.
    • c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. [] The First Part [], part 1, 2nd edition, London: [] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene ii:
      Their plumed helmes are wrought with beaten golde, / Their ſwords enameld, and about their neckes / Hangs maſſie chaines of golde downe to the waſte, / In euery part exceding braue and rich.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book V”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554, lines 627-635:
      [] Evening now approach'd / (For we have also our evening and our morn, / We ours for change delectable, not need). / Forthwith from dance to sweet repast they turn / Desirous; all in circles as they stood, . TAbles are set, and on a sudden piled / With angels' food; and rubied nectar flows/ In pearl, in diamond, and massy gold, / Fruit of delicious vines, the growth of heaven.
    • 1840, Thomas De Quincey, “Style”, in Critical Suggestions on Style and Rhetoric with German Tales and Other Narrative Papers (De Quincey’s Works; XI), London: James Hogg & Sons, published 1859, OCLC 6497971, part I, page 165:
      And the true art for such popular display is to contrive the best forms for appearing to say something new, when in reality you are but echoing yourself; to break up massy chords into running variations; and to mask, by slight differences in the manner, a virtual identity in the substance.
    • 1874 Ralph Waldo Emerson, Heroic:
      When mountains tremble, those two massy pillars / With horrible convulsion to and fro
    • 2003 October 5-8, J. A. Kosinski, 2003 IEEE Symposium on Ultrasonics, volume 1, →ISBN, abstract, pages 70-73
      We develop a set of six coupled equations governing the modal amplitudes and phase angles (mode-center offsets) for the flat, piezoelectric plate resonator with massy electrodes of unequal thickness.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

massy

  1. Pronunciation spelling of mercy.
    • 1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
      "But Lors ha' massy, how did you get near such mud as that?" said Sally, ...

Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

massy

  1. Pronunciation spelling of master.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From masse +‎ -y.

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Adjective[edit]

massy

  1. weighty, massy, having great weight.
  2. uncontaminated, unalloyed.
  3. Not hollow; lacking an internal cavity.
  4. tough, firm, sturdy
  5. (rare) Unsculpted; not given a shape, primordial.
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  • English: massy
  • Scots: massie
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Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

massy

  1. Alternative form of messen (to hold mass)