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mass |mas|nouna coherent, typically large body of matter with no definite shape amass of curly hair from here the trees were a dark mass.• a large number of people or objects crowded together a mass ofcyclists.• a large amount of material a mass of conflicting evidence.• ( masses) informal a large quantity or amount of something we getmasses of homework.• any of the main portions in a painting or drawing that each have some unity in color, lighting, or some other quality the masterly distribution of masses.( the mass of) the majority of the great mass of the population had little interest in the project.• ( the masses) the ordinary people.Physics the quantity of matter that a body contains, as measured by its acceleration under a given force or by the force exerted on it by a gravitational field.• (in general use) weight.adjective [ attrib. ]relating to, done by, or affecting large numbers of people or things the movie has mass appeal a mass exodus of refugees.verbassemble or cause to assemble into a mass or as one body [ trans. both countries began massing troops in the region [ intrans. clouds massed heavily on the horizon.PHRASESbe a mass of be completely covered with his face was a mass of the mass as a whole her genuine affection for humanity in the mass.DERIVATIVESmassless adjectiveORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French masse, from Latinmassa, from Greek maza ‘barley cake’ ; perhaps related to massein‘knead.’massé |maˈsā|noun [usu. as adj. Billiardsa stroke made with an inclined cue, imparting swerve to the ball a massé shot.ORIGIN late 19th cent.French, past participle of masser, describing the action of making such a stroke.