mass


mass
mass [mas]
n.
[ME masse < OFr < L massa, a lump, mass < Gr maza, barley cake < massein, to knead < IE base * menk-, to knead > MINGLE]
1. a quantity of matter forming a body of indefinite shape and size, usually of relatively large size; lump
2. a large quantity or number [a mass of bruises]
3. bulk; size; magnitude
4. the main or larger part; majority
5. Painting a large area or form of one color, shade, intensity, etc.
6. Pharmacy the paste or plastic combination of drugs from which pills are made
7. Physics the quantity of matter in a body as measured by its inertia; the ratio of force to the acceleration produced by that force: experimentally it is found that the gravitational force on an object is proportional to its mass: abbrev. m: cf. MATTER (n. 2)
adj.
1.
a) of a large number of things; large-scale [mass production]
b) of a large number of persons [a mass demonstration]
2. of, characteristic of, or for the masses [mass education]
vt., vi.
to gather or form into a mass
SYN.- BULK1
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in the mass
collectively; as a whole
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the masses
the great mass of common people; specif., the working people, or the lower classes in the social order

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