mass vs massive : Common Errors in English

About mass vs massive

When the dumb Coneheads on Saturday Night Live talked about consuming“mass quantities” of food they didn’t know any better, but native Earthhumans should stick with “massive” unless they are trying to allude toSNL. “Mass” is often used by young people in expressions where “many” oreven the informal “a lot of” would be more appropriate.

mass Meaning(s)

  • (n) the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field
  • (n) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  • (n) an ill-structured collection of similar things (objects or people)
  • (n) (Roman Catholic Church and Protestant Churches) the celebration of the Eucharist
  • (n) a body of matter without definite shape
  • (n) the common people generally
  • (n) the property of something that is great in magnitude
  • (n) a musical setting for a Mass
  • (n) a sequence of prayers constituting the Christian Eucharistic rite
  • (v) join together into a mass or collect or form a mass
  • (s) formed of separate units gathered into a mass or whole

massive Meaning(s)

  • (s) imposing in size or bulk or solidity
  • (s) being the same substance throughout
  • (s) imposing in scale or scope or degree or power
  • (s) consisting of great mass; containing a great quantity of matter

mass in News

  1. Mass. state police appeal Quabbin decision

    BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — State police are appealing a decision by a clerk magistrate not to issue criminal complaints against seven people allegedly found trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir last month.        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Boston Globe

  2. Mass. officer shoots own foot at practice range

    HOLDEN, Mass. (AP) — The Worcester district attorney says the Assumption College deputy police chief is in good condition after accidentally shooting his right foot during a training program.        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Boston Globe

  3. Mass. officer shoots own leg at practice range

    HOLDEN, Mass. (AP) — Holden police say an Assumption College campus police officer has shot himself in the leg and foot at a shooting range.        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Boston Globe

massive in News

  1. Massive storm system hitting Mid-Atlantic

    A massive storm system that started in the Upper Midwest brought soaking rains and heavy winds to the Mid-Atlantic Thursday, causing widespread power outages, flash flooding and extensive flight delays, ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Massive storm system surges toward Mid-Atlantic

    A massive storm system surged Thursday toward the Mid-Atlantic after causing widespread power outages and flash flooding, but largely failed to live up to its fierce billing through the Upper Midwest. ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Massive Storm System Surges East

    Massive storm system that spawned tornadoes and hail in Midwest surges toward Mid-Atlantic        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ABC News

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