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mass

 
 
pronunciation:
maes
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a large unspecified amount or number.
A mass of people had already flooded the hall by the time we arrived.
synonyms:
accumulation, aggregation, crowd, horde, host, lot, multitude, throng
similar words:
abundance, assembly, bank, bunch, collection, deposit, fleet, flock, gathering, group, heap, load, many, multiplicity, myriad, pile, quantity, stack, ton, volume
definition 2: a body of relatively formless matter, often of a large size.
She put a mass of wet clay on her potter's wheel.
synonyms:
hunk
similar words:
agglomerate, block, cake, chunk, clump, concretion, deposit, glob, lump, wad
definition 3: the greater part of anything.
The mass of the club members wanted yearly elections.
synonyms:
body, bulk, majority, most, weight
similar words:
lion's share
definition 4: in physics, the quality of a body that determines its resistance to acceleration.
The earth has a greater mass than Mercury.
similar words:
bulk, matter, weight
definition 5: size or bulk.
Because of the bell's great mass, it was only with major difficulty that it was raised to the bell tower.
similar words:
bulk, dimensions, gravity, magnitude, matter, size, volume, weight
definition 6: (pl.) the total body of common people (usu. prec. by the).
The rulers did little to relieve the hardships of the masses.Critics didn't like the film, but it appealed to the masses.
synonyms:
crowd, mob, multitude, people, public
similar words:
canaille, hoi polloi, proletariat, rabble
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part of speech: adjective
definition: pertaining to that which characterizes or affects the masses or large numbers of people.
TV is a form of mass communication.The Super Bowl is an important event of American mass culture.
synonyms:
popular, public
similar words:
mob, plebeian
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: masses, massing, massed
definition: to merge together to form a mass.
People massed in front of the courthouse, waiting for the verdict.
synonyms:
amass, collect, concentrate, conglomerate, congregate, crowd, gather, throng
similar words:
agglomerate, cluster, horde
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to assemble or group into a mass.
synonyms:
aggregate, assemble, collect, concentrate, conglomerate, congregate, gather
similar words:
agglomerate, amass
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