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MASS (masses)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Mass mean? 

MASS (noun)
  The noun MASS has 9 senses:

1. the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field
2. (often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent
3. an ill-structured collection of similar things (objects or people)
4. (Roman Catholic Church and Protestant Churches) the celebration of the Eucharist
5. a body of matter without definite shape
6. the common people generally
7. the property of something that is great in magnitude
8. a musical setting for a Mass
9. a sequence of prayers constituting the Christian Eucharistic rite

  Familiarity information: MASS used as a noun is familiar.


MASS (adjective)
  The adjective MASS has 1 sense:

1. gathered or tending to gather into a mass or whole

  Familiarity information: MASS used as an adjective is very rare.


MASS (verb)
  The verb MASS has 1 sense:

1. join together into a mass or collect or form a mass

  Familiarity information: MASS used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MASS (noun)


Sense 1mass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("mass" is a kind of...):

physical property (a property used to characterize physical objects)

fundamental measure; fundamental quantity (one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mass"):

mass defect; mass deficiency (the amount by which the mass of an atomic nucleus is less than the sum of the masses of its constituent particles)

molecular weight; relative molecular mass ((chemistry) the sum of the relative atomic masses of the constituent atoms of a molecule)

mass energy ((physics) the mass of a body regarded relativistically as energy)

atomic weight; relative atomic mass ((chemistry) the ratio of the atomic mass of an element to half the atomic mass of carbon)

atomic mass ((chemistry) the mass (in atomic mass units) of an isotope of an element)

inertial mass ((physics) the mass of a body as determined by the second law of motion from the acceleration of the body when it is subjected to a force that is not due to gravity)

gravitational mass ((physics) the mass of a body as measured by its gravitational attraction for other bodies)

biomass (the total mass of living matter in a given unit area)

critical mass (the minimum mass of fissionable material that can sustain a chain reaction)

rest mass ((physics) the mass of a body as measured when the body is at rest relative to an observer, an inherent property of the body)

relativistic mass ((physics) the mass of a body in motion relative to the observer: it is equal to the rest mass multiplied by a factor that is greater than 1 and that increases as the magnitude of the velocity increases)

bulk (the property possessed by a large mass)


Sense 2mass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

mint; muckle; quite a little; slew; spate; tidy sum; whole lot; whole slew; mickle; great deal; good deal; hatful; peck; lot; heap; stack; batch; raft; plenty; pile; mass; wad; deal; flock; pot; mess; sight

Context examples:

a batch of letters / a deal of trouble / a lot of money / he made a mint on the stock market / it must have cost plenty

Hypernyms ("mass" is a kind of...):

large indefinite amount; large indefinite quantity (an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mass"):

deluge; flood; inundation; torrent (an overwhelming number or amount)

haymow (a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation)


Sense 3mass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An ill-structured collection of similar things (objects or people)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("mass" is a kind of...):

accumulation; aggregation; assemblage; collection (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mass"):

shock (a bushy thick mass (especially hair))

logjam (an immovable mass of logs blocking a river)


Sense 4Mass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(Roman Catholic Church and Protestant Churches) the celebration of the Eucharist

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("Mass" is a kind of...):

religious ceremony; religious ritual (a ceremony having religious meaning)

Domain category:

Church of Rome; Roman Catholic; Roman Catholic Church; Roman Church; Western Church (the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy)

Protestant; Protestant Church (the Protestant churches and denominations collectively)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Mass"):

High Mass (a solemn and elaborate Mass with music)

Low Mass (a Mass recited without music)

Requiem (a Mass celebrated for the dead)


Sense 5mass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A body of matter without definite shape

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context example:

a huge ice mass

Hypernyms ("mass" is a kind of...):

body (an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mass"):

mush; pulp (any soft or soggy mass)

mat (a mass that is densely tangled or interwoven)

coprolith; faecalith; fecalith; stercolith (a hard mass of fecal matter)


Sense 6mass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The common people generally

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

hoi polloi; the great unwashed; masses; people; multitude; mass

Context examples:

separate the warriors from the mass / power to the people

Hypernyms ("mass" is a kind of...):

group; grouping (any number of entities (members) considered as a unit)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mass"):

laity; temporalty (in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy)

audience (the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment)

followers; following (a group of followers or enthusiasts)


Sense 7mass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of something that is great in magnitude

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

bulk; volume; mass

Context examples:

it is cheaper to buy it in bulk / he received a mass of correspondence / the volume of exports

Hypernyms ("mass" is a kind of...):

magnitude (the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mass"):

dollar volume; turnover (the volume measured in dollars)


Sense 8Mass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A musical setting for a Mass

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

they played a Mass composed by Beethoven

Hypernyms ("Mass" is a kind of...):

church music; religious music (genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Mass"):

Requiem (a musical setting for a Mass celebrating the dead)

Holonyms ("Mass" is a part of...):

High Mass (a solemn and elaborate Mass with music)


Sense 9Mass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sequence of prayers constituting the Christian Eucharistic rite

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

the priest said Mass

Hypernyms ("Mass" is a kind of...):

prayer (a fixed text used in praying)


MASS (adjective)


Sense 1mass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gathered or tending to gather into a mass or whole

Synonyms:

aggregate; aggregated; aggregative; mass

Context examples:

aggregate expenses include expenses of all divisions combined for the entire year / the aggregated amount of indebtedness

Similar:

collective (forming a whole or aggregate)


MASS (verb)


Sense 1mass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Join together into a mass or collect or form a mass

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

Crowds were massing outside the palace

Hypernyms (to "mass" is one way to...):

crowd; crowd together (to gather together in large numbers)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mass"):

press (crowd closely)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The crowds mass in the streets


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