Definition of massive in English:

massive

adjective

  • 1Large and heavy or solid.

    ‘a massive rampart of stone’
    • ‘Beyond this roadside specimen is yet another grove of massive giants that takes my breath away.’
    • ‘Iron Age hillfort has three circuits of massive ramparts.’
    • ‘Heating pipes ran under the house - massive things lagged with heavy brown felt.’
    • ‘The royal tombs are layered pyramidal structures built of massive stone slabs.’
    • ‘In medieval Veliko Turnovo, royalty and high nobility lived in relative safety behind the massive ramparts of Tsarevets Hill.’
    • ‘The massive ramparts of the Citadel overlook the whole city.’
    • ‘At last he allowed himself to go forward and lay both hands lovingly on solid, massive, unmovable machining.’
    • ‘There was a scraping noise, as of something massive and heavy being dragged.’
    • ‘The tiger stands towering at what looks like close to seven feet, and he's heavy and massive to boot.’
    • ‘The group approached a massive stone structure at the front of the chamber that stood almost twelve feet tall.’
    • ‘Marble and other massive pieces too heavy to cart away were among chief pieces left in the galleries.’
    • ‘Then, like a magic trick, you see its massive ramparts and golden sandstone towers, exotic and beautiful.’
    • ‘Some of the cars had been crushed to the size of a chair simply because of the massive weight and unstoppable momentum of heavy lorries from behind.’
    • ‘When required, a massive sliding door of solid oak protects the privacy of the bedroom.’
    • ‘Even though the chapel is a massive stone block structure, it has remained firm since its construction.’
    • ‘It has a heavy skull and a massive neck, and it is also by far the shortest-legged and least cursorial canid.’
    • ‘They were farouche, romantic characters riding arrogantly through the gardens on their massive elephants.’
    • ‘The heavy and massive furniture seems doomed to remain anchored to its designated space.’
    • ‘And yet it is one of the most exceptional and intricate and massive buildings I have ever seen.’
    • ‘The ground shook and trembled, splitting apart, then ramming back together, forming massive mountains.’
    huge, enormous, gigantic, very big, very large, great, giant, colossal, mammoth, vast, immense, tremendous, mighty, stupendous, monumental, epic, prodigious, mountainous, monstrous, titanic, towering, elephantine, king-sized, king-size, gargantuan, herculean, brobdingnagian, substantial, extensive, hefty, bulky, weighty, heavy, gross
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  • 2Exceptionally large.

    ‘massive crowds are expected’
    • ‘These are items which often end up in the bin, yet they have the potential to raise a massive amount of money.’
    • ‘With recent heavy rains the ground is even more saturated now and massive puddles of rainwater cover a large percentage of the site.’
    • ‘This massive book with its lavish illustrations of gorgeous furniture and interiors whets the appetite for more on the subject.’
    • ‘He is a solid comedian and has a massive audience.’
    • ‘She turned down a massive amount of money from a Sunday newspaper, which was a great credit to her.’
    • ‘Whilst being trained, I began to pay attention to the massive amounts of money changing hands at the track.’
    • ‘It was reported earlier this week how rural tourism in North Yorkshire was being hit by a massive slump in trade.’
    • ‘After all, they've pumped massive amounts of money into their economies.’
    • ‘In which case, in which case, if people apply for patents and they get hit with massive fines, they're not going to apply for patents at all.’
    • ‘For now, of course, it's reserved for those with massive amounts of money.’
    • ‘Not only will campus bars lose massive amounts of money if they are dry, but they will be far less successful as venues for musical acts.’
    • ‘She is warning weight watchers to avoid massive portions, heavy snacking and boozing.’
    • ‘Considering the massive variety of foods we consume containing corn and soy and cottonseed oil, almost all of us eat biotech food daily.’
    • ‘While the great powers were spending massive amounts of money on weapons and germ warfare, children were dying of starvation in many lands.’
    • ‘It's The Irish Today and it's a massive tome, lavishly produced and a great celebration of Ireland and our people.’
    • ‘Today, a massive crowd is expected to gather on the Mall in Washington DC.’
    • ‘The pitch will be in good shape and we are expecting a massive crowd.’
    • ‘Heavy rain has caused a massive landslide just yards from a world-famous Brontë shrine.’
    • ‘You lose a massive amount of money on each new unit of production.’
    • ‘Firefighters are now using bulldozers to build massive firebreaks around threatened mountain resorts.’
    huge, great, enormous, gigantic, colossal, mammoth, immense, tremendous, mighty, stupendous, vast, prodigious, herculean, titanic, gargantuan, staggering, exceptional, extraordinary
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    1. 2.1 Very serious.
      ‘a massive heart attack’
      • ‘She said a post-mortem examination revealed he had suffered ‘a massive heart attack’ caused by a heart abnormality.’
      • ‘She had suffered a massive heart attack 15 months earlier and was told she needed a full valve replacement.’
      • ‘Later, he succumbed to a massive heart attack, his family members said.’
      • ‘Sadly, that was no use to my beloved mother who died recently - in Scotland - from a massive heart attack, while on a waiting list for heart surgery.’
      • ‘About an hour after dinner pop suffered a massive heart attack.’
      • ‘It's being reported that death was due to a massive heart attack.’
      • ‘She died the following February from a massive heart attack.’
      • ‘Two years ago she had a massive heart attack, leaving her face partially paralyzed for months.’
      • ‘A lot of people, especially women, don't have any symptoms at all before they have a massive heart attack.’
      • ‘He suffered a massive heart attack and underwent triple bypass surgery in 1990.’
      • ‘A 37-year-old woman has been given a second chance by a revolutionary new drug which saved her life following a massive heart attack.’
      • ‘And he went to the gym the very next day and dropped dead of a massive heart attack.’
      • ‘Dad died of a massive heart attack at the age of 41.’
      • ‘He died after suffering from a massive heart attack.’
      • ‘John Peel has died suddenly of a massive heart attack.’
      • ‘One man was taken seriously ill after suffering a massive asthma attack following building work at flats.’
      • ‘While driving his taxi looking for customers, he suddenly suffered a massive heart attack.’
      • ‘He had a massive heart attack seven years ago and doctors discovered he had the condition anti-phospho-lipid, a form of sticky blood.’
      • ‘Those are patients with suspected heart attacks, massive bleeding, and serious head injuries.’
      • ‘Our married life was too short - in March of 1983 my dear husband passed away of a massive heart attack.’
    2. 2.2informal Very successful or influential.
      ‘the band are going to be massive’
      • ‘His autobiography is set to become a massive hit - but it seems not even the England captain can topple Harry Potter from top spot.’
      • ‘The programme has been a massive hit in the UK, with toddlers revelling in the adventures of the characters.’
      • ‘However, last year he wrote a massive UK hit single, which went on to sell very well internationally.’
      • ‘Of course the show is a massive hit, and the police drama he takes in its place gets scrapped when the audience find it disgusting.’
      • ‘‘Roosters have been a massive influence on the success of the pub as well,’ says Shaun.’
      • ‘Those who don't know the band should at least recognise the song, which was a massive radio hit.’
      • ‘His own composition - a massive hit - has been overlooked in favour of the vastly inferior follow-up single, which he had nothing to do with.’
      • ‘However, it was a massive hit across Europe, reaching number two in Germany.’
      • ‘It already has a massive hit with a brand that has sold more than 600,000 discs.’
      • ‘The Bournemouth-born jazz singer is already a huge success story in Japan where her debut album has been a massive hit.’
      • ‘The film follows a bunch of strange characters in an isolated community and has proved a massive cult hit.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, it has proven a massive hit in Europe.’
      • ‘The track, released on Monday, is tipped to be a massive Christmas hit.’
      • ‘And with few drivers on the roads, the shuttle buses made rapid progress through the streets and were a massive hit.’
      • ‘Part of his dilemma is being a victim of his first hit film's massive success.’
      • ‘The film, however, was a massive box office hit in France, then America and the UK.’
      • ‘Yet despite suffering a critical panning it has emerged as a massive hit, raking in $32.2 million at the US box office last weekend.’
      • ‘The rocky yet emotional sounds of their breakthrough album have proved a massive hit, rendering them one of the hottest acts around.’
      • ‘The reason for this long preamble is that the situation which prevailed in 1949 goes a long way to explaining why the film The Third Man became such a massive hit.’
      • ‘Her career had also taken off in the States in 1964, when her massive hit ‘Downtown’ reached number one.’
  • 3Geology
    (of rocks or beds) having no discernible form or structure.

    ‘a massive limestone without bedding planes’
    • ‘They form massive structures that contrast with adjacent bedded deposits when found in the geological record.’
    • ‘These horizons are mainly massive in structure but with a crumbly texture.’
    • ‘These highly alkaline lakes can produce massive beds of silica.’
    • ‘Offset by the blue of sky, the massive beds of rock stand out in surprising colours.’
    • ‘The bed thickness is variable from thinly bedded to massive beds up to 9 m thick, and the contacts with other facies are generally gradational.’
    1. 3.1 (of a mineral) not visibly crystalline.
      ‘massive sulphides’
      • ‘Most of us were introduced to epidote as a massive or granular mineral characterized by its pistachio-green color.’
      • ‘Some ore deposit types, such as volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits, can contain both syngenetic and epigenetic mineralization.’
      • ‘The massive sulphides are always contained within the Volcano - Sedimentary Complex.’
      • ‘These zones are separated from contact massive sulphides by barren komatiite.’
      • ‘It also occurs in crusty or otherwise finely crystalline massive aggregates.’

noun

British
informal
  • A group of young people from a particular area with a common interest in dance music.

    ‘the Bristol massive’
    • ‘It was an ambitious plan to bring together the hip hop and drum ‘n’ bass massives.’
    • ‘It has a long history of cross-cultural events, giving equal time to white, black, Indian and Asian DJs - and by extension their respective massives.’
    • ‘It's a nonsense verse used by everyone from boy scouts to football hooligans, including, presumably the Swansea massive.’
    • ‘Everyone can contribute, but primarily it's the musings of the founding members who tell their stories to the Afrikaans massive.’
    • ‘We've willed ourself into a fan massive, and we will never go back.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from French massif, -ive, from Old French massis, based on Latin massa (see mass).

Pronunciation

massive

/ˈmasɪv/