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Definition very large in size, number, or effect

In geology, massive can refer to a type of rock rather than the size of a rock.
  • The entrance has massive brass doors.
massive = very large
  • The senator wants to eliminate massive fraud in the program.
  • massive = very large in amount or effect
  • The song was a massive hit.
  • massive = very large in effect
  • She suffered a massive heart attack.
  • massive = very large (in this case, affecting a large portion of the heart and having a very large effect)
  • The markets panicked as massive losses piled up during the financial crisis.
  • massive = very large
  • They occupy a massive acropolis with fifteen giant columns atop the only high ground, overlooking the pond.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Whole populations potentially skelly-boned in the massive flash—dem bones, dem bones, sing the washtub women.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He was next door in the adjoining room, no doubt nursing the most massive hangover of his life.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • His eye was trained not just on the massive inverted pyramid, but on what lay directly beneath it.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Once in a primeval age all matter was gathered in a clump so enormously massive that a pinhead weighed many billions of tons.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • The question was only why such a massive guy had come running in the middle of the night as if he were being chased by the Devil himself.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • To claim that legalized abortion resulted in a massive drop in crime will inevitably lead to explosive moral reactions.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • His arms were covered in a fine layer of soot, like he'd just died in a massive fire .... which, of course, he had.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • On cue, the massive ring of Roshuim stood and roared.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • This secret is worth massive gold.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • How heavy and massive the universe is will determine what happens.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Du Niveau was along, massive, in his red suede coat and highly polished pointy shoes.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • In his hand was a massive hammer with a short handle, just enough to grip.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • Then, as suddenly as it had appeared, the Spirit Bear swung its massive head around and ambled away, vanishing ghostlike into the trees.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Hassan said, "Sometimes the kafir likes to say massively obvious things in a really profound voice."
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines

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