mass vs massive : Common Errors in English

mass or 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.
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  • 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
    a huge ice mass
  • n  the common people generally
    separate the warriors from the mass
  • n  the property of something that is great in magnitude
    he received a mass of correspondence
  • 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
    Crowds were massing outside the palace
  • s  formed of separate units gathered into a mass or whole

  • s  imposing in size or bulk or solidity
    massive oak doors
    Moore's massive sculptures
  • s  being the same substance throughout
    massive silver
  • s  imposing in scale or scope or degree or power
    massive retaliatory power
    a massive increase in oil prices
    massive changes
  • s  consisting of great mass; containing a great quantity of matter
    Earth is the most massive of the terrestrial planets
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    June 17, 2013 - Boston Globe
  • Mass Grave in Washington DC Contains Over One Million Bones
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    June 17, 2013 - The Inquisitr
  • Mass. fund intended for kids to use social media
    EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — New leadership is about to direct a foundation established to help children whose parents are targeted because of their advocacy.        
    June 16, 2013 - Boston Globe

  • Massive sinkhole swallows car in Toledo
    TOLEDO, Ohio– A massive sinkhole opened up in the middle of a road, sending one woman to the hospital. Authorities...
    July 3, 2013 - Oklahoma's NewsChannel 4
  • Massive popcorn ball to greet Indiana fair visitors
    A northeastern Indiana company hopes to break a record by creating a massive popcorn ball to serve as the centerpiece at this year's Indiana State Fair.
    July 3, 2013 - WTHR Indianapolis
  • Massive fire guts motel under construction
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    July 2, 2013 - Houston Chronicle