What does MASS mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mass(noun)

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

  2. batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad(noun)

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

    "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"

  3. mass(noun)

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

  4. Mass(noun)

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

  5. mass(noun)

    a body of matter without definite shape

    "a huge ice mass"

  6. multitude, masses, mass, hoi polloi, people, the great unwashed(noun)

    the common people generally

    "separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"

  7. bulk, mass, volume(noun)

    the property of something that is great in magnitude

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

  8. Mass(noun)

    a musical setting for a Mass

    "they played a Mass composed by Beethoven"

  9. Mass(adj)

    a sequence of prayers constituting the Christian Eucharistic rite

    "the priest said Mass"

  10. aggregate, aggregated, aggregative, mass(verb)

    formed of separate units gathered into a mass or whole

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

  11. mass(verb)

    join together into a mass or collect or form a mass

    "Crowds were massing outside the palace"


  1. Mass(Noun)

    The principal liturgical service of the Church, including a scripture service and a eucharistic service, which includes the consecration and oblation (offering) of the host and wine. One of the seven sacraments.

  2. Mass(Noun)

    A similar ceremony offered by a number of Christian sects.

  3. Mass(Noun)

    A musical composition set to portions of the Mass.

  4. Origin: In late (circa 1400) as masse in the sense of "lump, quantity of matter", from masse, in attested from the 11th century, via late massa, from . The Greek noun is derived from the verb μάσσω, ultimately from a mag'-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mass(noun)

    the sacrifice in the sacrament of the Eucharist, or the consecration and oblation of the host

  2. Mass(noun)

    the portions of the Mass usually set to music, considered as a musical composition; -- namely, the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei, besides sometimes an Offertory and the Benedictus

  3. Mass(verb)

    to celebrate Mass

  4. Mass(noun)

    a quantity of matter cohering together so as to make one body, or an aggregation of particles or things which collectively make one body or quantity, usually of considerable size; as, a mass of ore, metal, sand, or water

  5. Mass(noun)

    a medicinal substance made into a cohesive, homogeneous lump, of consistency suitable for making pills; as, blue mass

  6. Mass(noun)

    a large quantity; a sum

  7. Mass(noun)

    bulk; magnitude; body; size

  8. Mass(noun)

    the principal part; the main body

  9. Mass(noun)

    the quantity of matter which a body contains, irrespective of its bulk or volume

  10. Mass(verb)

    to form or collect into a mass; to form into a collective body; to bring together into masses; to assemble

  11. Origin: [OE. masse, messe, AS. maesse. LL. missa, from L. mittere, missum, to send, dismiss: cf. F. messe. In the ancient churches, the public services at which the catechumens were permitted to be present were called missa catechumenorum, ending with the reading of the Gospel. Then they were dismissed with these words : Ite, missa est [sc. ecclesia], the congregation is dismissed. After that the sacrifice proper began. At its close the same words were said to those who remained. So the word gave the name of Mass to the sacrifice in the Catholic Church. See Missile, and cf. Christmas, Lammas, Mess a dish, Missal.]


  1. Mass

    In physics, mass refers to the quantity of matter in an object. More specifically, inertial mass is a quantitative measure of an object's resistance to changes in uniform velocity. In addition to this, gravitational mass is a quantitative measure that is proportional to the magnitude of the gravitational force which is ⁕exerted by an object, or ⁕experienced by an object when interacting with a second object. In this regard mass induces changes in motion. The SI unit of mass is the kilogram. In everyday usage, mass is sometimes referred to as "weight", the units of which may be pounds or kilograms. In scientific use, however, the term "weight" refers to a different, yet related, property of matter. Weight is the gravitational force acting on a given body—which differs depending on the gravitational pull of the opposing body — while mass is an intrinsic property of that body that never changes. In other words, an object's weight depends on its environment, while its mass does not. On the surface of the Earth, an object with a mass of 50 kilograms weighs 491 newtons; on the surface of the Moon, the same object still has a mass of 50 kilograms but weighs only 81.5 newtons. Restated in mathematical terms, on the surface of the Earth, the weight W of an object is related to its mass m by W = mg, where g = 9.80665 m/s² is the Earth's gravitational field,.²−11−2²²52537980

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mass

    mas, n. a lump of matter: a quantity: a collected body: the main body: magnitude: the principal part or main body: quantity of matter in any body, weight being proportional to mass: (pl.) the lower classes of the people.—v.t. to form into a mass: to bring together in masses.—v.i. to assemble in masses.—adj. Mass′ive, bulky: weighty: not separated into parts or elements: without crystalline form, geologically homogeneous.—adv. Mass′ively.—ns. Mass′iveness, Mass′iness; Mass′-meeting, a public meeting of persons of all classes to discuss some matter of general interest.—adj. Mass′y, massive, made up of masses. [Fr. masse—L. massa—Gr. mazamassein, to squeeze together.]

  2. Mass

    mas, n. the celebration of the Lord's Supper or Eucharist in R.C. churches, also the office for the same: a musical setting of certain parts of the R.C. liturgy: a church festival or feast-day, as in Candlemas, Christmas, Martinmas, &c.—ns. Mass′-bell, or Sacring-bell, a bell rung during the celebration of mass, at the elevation of the host; Mass′-book, the R.C. missal or service-book; Mass′-priest, formerly a R.C. secular priest, as distinct from those living under a rule—later, a priest retained in chantries, &c., to say masses for the dead: a R.C. priest generally.—Mass for the dead, a funeral mass for the faithful in Christ, to hasten their release from purgatory; Conventual mass, a mass for the general community of a religious house: a mass at which special remembrance is made of pious founders and benefactors; Dry mass, or service, a rite in which there is neither consecration nor communion; High mass, a mass celebrated with music, ritual, ceremonies, and incense; Low mass, the ordinary mass celebrated without music and incense; Midnight mass, that mass which is said at midnight on Christmas-eve; Private mass, any mass where only the priest communicates, esp. in a private oratory; Solemn mass, a mass resembling a high mass, but without some of its special ceremonies; Votive mass, a special mass over and above those ordinarily said for the day, for some particular grace or purpose, and provided by some individual. [A.S. mæsse—Low L. missa—L. missus, mittĕre, to send away, from the phrase at the close of service, Ite, missa est (ecclesia), 'Go, the congregation is dismissed.']

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Mass

    The quantity of matter in a body. The C. G. S. unit of mass is the quantity of matter in a gram. While weight varies with latitude and other circumstances, mass is invariable. The unit of mass is also defined as the quantity of matter which in a balance will counterpoise a standard mass, the gram or pound. As the gram is intended to be the mass of one cubic centimeter of water at 3.09º C. (39º F.), the C. G. S. unit of mass is really 1.000013 gram. As a primary unit its dimensions are indicated by M.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. mass

    1. The concentration of combat power. 2. The military formation in which units are spaced at less than the normal distances and intervals.

Editors Contribution

  1. mass

    A gathering of people from a religion to celebrate and express their faith.

    Mass is different in different religions, some are structured, some are less formal.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MASS' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2806

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MASS' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4281

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MASS' in Nouns Frequency: #936

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MASS' in Adjectives Frequency: #392


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of MASS in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of MASS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. King Henry IV of France:

    Paris is worth a mass

  2. King Henry IV of France:

    paris is worth a mass.

  3. Dennis Kucinich, 2004 speech to Democratic National Convention:

    Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction.

  4. Bob Rescorla:

    There were rumors it was a mass grave here.

  5. Hillary Clinton on Wednesday:

    It's time to end the era of mass incarceration.

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