Adjective "Masses" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A large body of matter with no definite shape.
  1. 'It was some sort of creature made from what can only be described as pure darkness, its body a mass of swirling shadow.'
  2. 'A mass of striking silhouettes in shades of reds, yellows and whites can give the effect of a living, growing sculpture.'
  3. 'As soon as I was able to see again, I noticed the silver car making its way up the driveway, trailing a mass of dust behind it.'
  4. 'She looked ridiculous with a mass of dark red hair jutting out in awkward directions.'
  5. 'The storm spun a mass of dark clouds across the sky.'
  6. 'Saffron saw a mass of shapes growing near in the fore viewport.'
  7. 'At the opposite end of what passed for the main street of the village, a group of the attackers had gathered, a mass of dark shapes and forms.'
  8. 'Venus is covered in a mass of clouds which are thought to be a couple of miles thick and made up of sulphuric acid.'
  9. 'The solid background of the Byzantine mosaic forms the most obvious colour mass, against which the figures in a scene are set.'
  10. 'His golden glows and ghostly, bluish lights articulate masses more elemental than any particular subject in nature.'
  11. 'That delicacy tempers the dynamic of the mass of reddest orange, which tapers rapidly from the lower left corner on a trajectory to the upper right.'
A large number of people or objects crowded together.
  1. 'Mia spoke as she moved past the mass of people that crowded the streets of the market square.'
  2. 'A mass of anti-war protesters packed the streets of London last Saturday.'
  3. 'He grabbed two wires and then pressed them together, sending a mass of sparks all over the engine.'
  4. 'The troops are a mass of people who have joined the army behind this operation.'
  5. 'She remembered the days when people would crowd around the doors and bustle off in a mass of closely-packed bodies.'
  6. 'His thoughts were interrupted by a mass of soldiers and at least two carriages driving past.'
  7. 'I turn back to the mass of people crowding around me.'
  8. 'The train station was crowded with the usual mass of commuters going to work along with a horde of kids going to school.'
  9. 'From where I was seated, it looked like a mass of writhing bodies, drinks sloshing around as people carelessly pushed through the crowd.'
  10. 'The small pane of glass was filled with a mass of dark, dangerous shadows, every last one of them clamouring to get inside.'
  11. 'a mass of conflicting evidence'
  12. 'But behind that impressive mass of material lay a plan that was deeply flawed.'
  13. 'I agree that the reason is expressed very briefly, when compared with the mass of material which the respondents placed before him.'
  14. 'It is not only encyclopaedias, dictionaries, and libraries that create the illusion of a semblance of order from a mass of chaotic and random materials.'
  15. 'First, he feared that the mass of material which had accumulated during the patient's lifetime would be so great that the treatment might go on indefinitely.'
  16. 'The point is that they are few and far between, and effectively swamped by the vast mass of deceptive material.'
  17. 'Critical investigation has brought to light a voluminous mass of material on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama.'
  18. 'The fresh mass of the clipped material was then recorded.'
  19. 'If not already scared away by the price, most undergraduates will be confused and overwhelmed by the mass of material and the lack of background information.'
  20. 'An astounding mass of material is already available on computer screens.'
  21. 'The editor has a mass of material from which the text is now extracted.'
  22. 'It has masses of room for five adults, a cavernous load capacity, and a refreshingly airy, well-equipped interior.'
  23. 'I've done masses and masses and masses of washing.'
  24. 'A high workload and masses of paperwork have been blamed for scores of dentists going private over the last decade.'
  25. '‘It's a kind of childcare which we know masses of people have been using, but they don't get any help for it,’ she said.'
  26. 'The survey was set up to record masses of quantitative data, as well as qualitative data in the form of written comments.'
  27. 'I mean, there are not masses and masses of students of history, but the few that we do get are extremely bright.'
  28. 'As I travel to Woolwich to work, I notice masses of litter.'
  29. 'Wonderful scenery, plenty of walks and masses of peace and quiet.'
  30. 'The site offers the viewer masses of information on the Westport of today but it also deals with queries visitors have about any aspect of life in the area in the past.'
  31. 'Our nurses will join families in hymn singing or prayer at the bedside, or make masses of toasted sandwiches for relatives who would rather not leave.'
The majority of.
  1. 'This cannot be reconciled with democracy and prosperity for the mass of the population.'
  2. 'For the mass of the population they were not only salesmen but bringers of news, street entertainers, quacks, and sorcerers.'
  3. 'The impact on the mass of the population has been especially severe.'
  4. 'Your vagueness, however, is understandable given the present state of affairs for the mass of the population.'
  5. 'In the ebb and flow of the election results one thing remains constant, however: the increasing gulf between all official parties and the mass of the population.'
  6. 'Many student activists continued to advocate an electoral boycott, a campaign which has fallen on deaf ears among the mass of the population.'
  7. 'There is considerable disparity of wealth between a small elite and the mass of the population.'
  8. 'While shooting was hated by the mass of the rural population, and the Game Laws universally flouted, they took a benign and active interest in the hunt.'
  9. 'Therefore, we oppose the establishment parties, which have increasingly distanced themselves from the mass of the population.'
  10. 'He rules on behalf of an international financial oligarchy, whose political interests are diametrically opposed to that of the mass of the population.'
  11. 'seaside towns that catered for the masses'
  12. 'The danger of nationalism is that it is often used as a lever for power, both by the elites in search of authority and the masses in search of community.'
  13. 'And the masses also defy all caste and communal barriers on such crucial junctions and vote to restore social and national health.'
  14. 'Something important is being brought to light here about the difference between the political classes and the masses.'
  15. 'Since the game is popular among the masses, it attracts sponsors by the dozen.'
  16. 'Your immense popularity with the masses helped ensure your power.'
  17. 'They have instead been the connecting thread and the medium of communication for the masses.'
  18. 'In a totalitarian regime or even an oligarchy we have a ruler, or a group of elites ruling over the masses.'
  19. 'Power has been, at best, exercised by a class against the masses.'
  20. 'Over the weeks, I've detected a stark difference in the quality of the news delivered to the elite and to the masses.'
  21. 'They consider themselves as part of the masses, the subjugated working class, but they wouldn't use those words.'
The quantity of matter which a body contains, as measured by its acceleration under a given force or by the force exerted on it by a gravitational field.
  1. 'Passive gravitational mass is a measure of the strength of an object's interaction with the gravitational field.'
  2. 'Every object with mass exerts a gravitational force.'
  3. 'An object with mass creates a gravitational field around itself.'
  4. 'If a space ship could reduce its size and mass, much less fuel would be needed to travel the vast distances between star systems.'
  5. 'He also noted that the force attracting two objects increased or decreased in a ratio of their combined sizes or mass.'
  6. 'To calculate the moles of nitrogen in each sample, core segment dry mass was multiplied by its nitrogen percentage and divided by nitrogen's atomic weight.'


Involving or affecting large numbers of people or things.
  1. 'a mass exodus of refugees'
  2. 'Uncertain as to where to go or what to do, they eventually become part of the mass exodus of refugees fleeing for their very lives.'
  3. 'There will be no mass exodus or mass influx in the near future.'
  4. 'Coalition officials investigated 70 and confirm 40 as mass graves.'
  5. 'Those involved in the mass murder on Tuesday must be held accountable for their actions.'
  6. 'She termed this century as the ‘age of design,’ and said she hopes image consulting will gain mass appeal in the future.'
  7. 'The real story is quite different from the one presented so far in the mass media.'
  8. 'Here conventionality is a contributing factor to the novel's success; these are universal themes with mass appeal.'
  9. 'Other units carried out mass killings on a similar, if not greater, scale.'
  10. 'I suspect it's true to a huge and growing degree in the mass market as well.'
  11. 'Moreover, if the government is subsidizing something that consumers do not really want, one would think that the subsidy would lack mass appeal.'


Assemble or cause to assemble into a single body or mass.
  1. no object 'clouds massed heavily on the horizon'
  2. 'They announce they're massing troops, seemingly unaware that this just makes for one rich target as opposed to many.'
  3. 'Troops were massed outside the safe haven to retake the zone on his signal.'
  4. 'I've never had groupies massing outside my house before.'
  5. 'They gained experience in massing men and equipment in decisive sectors.'
  6. 'It had been almost two years since he had first joined the Rebel troops massing to overthrow the monarchy.'
  7. 'Dark clouds had massed overhead, intermittent flashes of lightning jumping between them.'
  8. 'The countries have massed about one million troops at their frontier.'
  9. 'In both cases, you have a mobile army massing and maneuvering against static defensive positions.'
  10. 'During this performance the assembled pipers and drummers will play together in one massed pipe band.'
  11. 'White bass heavy with eggs are massing in the currents of the Pineywoods rivers and tributaries.'


The celebration of the Christian Eucharist, especially in the Roman Catholic Church.
  1. 'As Summer time commenced recently all evening Masses in the Church of Saint Michael and Saint Mary will be held at 8 p.m. for the duration of Summer time.'
  2. 'Preparations for First Holy Communion began at all Masses in the parish church last Sunday week.'
  3. 'On last weekend they sold Christmas decorations and wreaths outside the church after Masses.'
  4. 'At her request, there were no flowers at her funeral Mass.'
  5. 'All Christmas Services and Masses were well attended again this year at all three churches in the parish.'
  6. 'In the Cluster there are 10 churches, 19 Masses celebrated at weekends and only seven priests.'
  7. 'The debate over the reform of the rite of the Mass following the Second Vatican Council goes on and on.'
  8. 'The Masses and other ceremonies in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary this Christmas had full congregations.'
  9. 'Bach's B minor Mass'
  10. 'It has been said that the bulk of Mozart's sacred music - he composed nearly 20 Masses alone - was written mostly to please paymasters.'
  11. 'The main work was the beautiful setting in G Minor of The Mass by Vaughan Williams.'



1. a body of coherent matter, usually of indefinite shape and often of considerable size: a mass of dough.

2. a collection of incoherent particles, parts, or objects regarded as forming one body: a mass of sand.

Synonyms: assemblage, heap, congeries.

3. aggregate; whole (usually preceded by in the): People, in the mass, mean well.

4. a considerable assemblage, number, or quantity: a mass of errors; a mass of troops.

Synonyms: collection, accumulation, pile, conglomeration.


(mass)Old English mæsse, from ecclesiastical Latin missa ‘dismissal, prayer at the conclusion of a liturgy, liturgy, mass’, from Latin miss- ‘dismissed’, from mittere ‘send, dismiss’.


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