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massive (adj.)

c. 1400, massif, "forming or consisting of a large mass, having great size and weight or solidity," from Old French massif "bulky, solid," from masse "lump" (see mass (n.1)). Of immaterial things, "substantial, great or imposing in scale," 1580s. Related: Massively; massiveness.

U.S. Cold War deterrent strategy of massive retaliation "threat of using thermonuclear weapons in response to aggression against the United States or its allies by the Soviet Union," whether nuclear or conventional, was introduced by Secretary of State J.F. Dulles in a speech on Jan. 12, 1954.

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Definitions of massive from WordNet

massive (adj.)
imposing in size or bulk or solidity;
massive oak doors
Moore's massive sculptures
Synonyms: monolithic / monumental
massive (adj.)
being the same substance throughout;
massive silver
massive (adj.)
imposing in scale or scope or degree or power;
a massive increase in oil prices
massive retaliatory power
massive changes
massive (adj.)
consisting of great mass; containing a great quantity of matter;
Earth is the most massive of the terrestrial planets
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