What does mass mean?

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mæsmass

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. massnoun

    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, wadnoun

    (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. massnoun

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

  4. Massnoun

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

  5. massnoun

    a body of matter without definite shape

    "a huge ice mass"

  6. multitude, masses, mass, hoi polloi, people, the great unwashednoun

    the common people generally

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

  7. bulk, mass, volumenoun

    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. Massnoun

    a musical setting for a Mass

    "they played a Mass composed by Beethoven"

  9. Massadjective

    a sequence of prayers constituting the Christian Eucharistic rite

    "the priest said Mass"

  10. aggregate, aggregated, aggregative, massverb

    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. massverb

    join together into a mass or collect or form a mass

    "Crowds were massing outside the palace"

Wiktionary

  1. Massnoun

    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.

    Etymology: 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'-.

  2. Massnoun

    A similar ceremony offered by a number of Christian sects.

    Etymology: 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'-.

  3. Massnoun

    A musical composition set to portions of the Mass.

    Etymology: 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. Massnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Massnoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Massverb

    to celebrate Mass

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Massnoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Massnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Massnoun

    a large quantity; a sum

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Massnoun

    bulk; magnitude; body; size

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Massnoun

    the principal part; the main body

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Massnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  10. Massverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mass

    In statics, is the amount of matter contained in a body. In dynamics, is that measure of the matter in a body which determines its relation to force. The accepted measure is the weight divided by the force of gravity. See Force of Gravity.

  2. mass

    A word signifying the concentration of troops; the formation of troops in column at less than half distance. To mass troops, is to concentrate them by this arrangement on a certain point. A column is closed in mass when the sub-divisions have less than half distance.

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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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of mass in a Sentence

  1. Sakiho Kusano:

    Many visitors came on the weekend when the flowers were in full bloom. It became a mass gathering so we had no choice but to make the decision to cut the flowers.

  2. Muriel Bowser:

    We didn't request any assistance, DC police did not request any assistance from our neighbors, and we do have throughout the national capital region arrangements to assist each other if we -- if there is ever a mass event that requires additional policing. We haven't taken the step of requesting that assistance from around National Capitol Region. And we haven't requested assistance from other states.

  3. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo:

    These are people who intend to create mass harm, mass violence, generate fear based on race, color, creed.

  4. Abdullah Faaruuq:

    ISIS was not created by Islamic teachings, it was created by the United States ’ encouragement into other people’s countries seeking weapons of mass destruction that don’t exist, and destroying their societies and leaving the bitter taste in young people’s mouths.

  5. Mick Cooper:

    A split makes sense because oncology now has critical mass, following the GSK deal, and oncology is in many ways becoming a differentiated business from the rest of pharmaceuticals.

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