massive


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massive

1. Pathol affecting a large area of the body
2. Geology
a. (of igneous rocks) having no stratification, cleavage, etc.; homogeneous
b. (of sedimentary rocks) arranged in thick poorly defined strata
3. Mineralogy without obvious crystalline structure

massive

[′mas·iv]
(geology)
Of a mineral deposit, having a large concentration of ore in one place.
(mineralogy)
Of a mineral, lacking an internal structure.
(paleontology)
Of corallum, composed of closely packed corallites.
(petrology)
Of a competent rock, being homogeneous, isotropic, and elastically perfect.
Of a metamorphic rock, having constituents which do not show parallel orientation and are not arranged in layers.
Of igneous rocks, being homogeneous over wide areas and lacking layering, foliation, cleavage, or similar features.
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A white flag from within the fortress, and a parley--this dimly perceptible through the raging storm, nothing audible in it--suddenly the sea rose immeasurably wider and higher, and swept Defarge of the wine-shop over the lowered drawbridge, past the massive stone outer walls, in among the eight great towers surrendered!
Here were the great males towering in all the majesty of their imposing height; here were the gleaming white tusks protruding from their massive lower jaws to a point near the centre of their foreheads, the laterally placed, protruding eyes with which they could look forward or backward, or to either side without turning their heads, here the strange antennae-like ears rising from the tops of their foreheads; and the additional pair of arms extending from midway between the shoulders and the hips.
Somewhere within that massive pile was Dejah Thoris.
The hotel we live in belonged to one of those great orders of knights of the Cross in the times of the Crusades, and its mailed sentinels once kept watch and ward in its massive turrets and woke the echoes of these halls and corridors with their iron heels.
The voices ascended like vapors through the thick ceilings and the massive walls, and rose in accusations against the author of this noise, as doubtless their sighs and tears accused, in whispered tones, the author of their captivity.
Upon a massive bench of polished ersite beneath the gorgeous blooms of a giant pimalia a woman sat.
He looked at the timepiece set in a massive bracelet upon his left forearm.
In the morning the effects of it were still visible in the fearful, sidelong glances that the Waziri continually cast at the massive and forbidding structure which loomed above them.
She was very handsome, in the stately style destined to become rather massive in middle life.
The machine immediately broke through the massive substructure upon which it was builded, and sank out of sight into the earth, the aeronaut springing out barely in time to save himself.
Between the massive blocks were strips of grass the leverage of whose roots had pushed them apart.
The massive portal yawned, somber and sorrowful, before us, giving a glimpse of marble halls within.