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Mass appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Was godless evil a mass a Mali vessel dog saw?
  • "Salad… lots, in a mass!" a man is told, alas.
  • To get Amit’s emu, mix a mass a maximum estimate got.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun mass:

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Definition of the noun mass

What does mass mean as a name of something?

Mass is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural:

  • mass: masses
  • Mass: Masses

  1. the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic terms: physical property = any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions; fundamental measure / fundamental quantity = one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement
    • more specific terms:
      • body = the main mass of a thing
      • 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 = 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 = 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
      • gravitational mass = the mass of a body as measured by its gravitational attraction for other bodies
      • inertial mass = 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
      • relative atomic mass / atomic weight / atomic mass = the mass of an atom of a chemical element expressed in atomic mass units
      • mass energy = the mass of a body regarded relativistically as energy
      • relative molecular mass / molecular weight = the sum of the relative atomic masses of the constituent atoms of a molecule
      • mass deficiency / mass defect = the amount by which the mass of an atomic nucleus is less than the sum of the masses of its constituent particles
  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
    • example: a huge ice mass
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic word: body = an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects
    • more specific words:
  6. the common people generally
    • example: separate the warriors from the mass
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of mass: hoi polloi / masses / multitude / people / the great unwashed
    • more generic words: group / grouping = any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
    • more specific words:
      • temporalty / laity = 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
  7. the property of something that is great in magnitude
    • example: he received a mass of correspondence
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of mass: bulk / volume
    • more generic word: magnitude = the property of relative size or extent
    • more specific terms: dollar volume / turnover = the volume measured in dollars
  8. a musical setting for a Mass
    • example: they played a Mass composed by Beethoven
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: church music / religious music = genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
    • more specific word: Requiem = a musical setting for a Mass celebrating the dead
    • part of: High Mass = a solemn and elaborate Mass with music
  9. a sequence of prayers constituting the Christian Eucharistic rite
    • example: the priest said Mass
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: prayer = a fixed text used in praying

Alternative definition of the noun mass


  1. [religion] The Eucharist, now especially in Roman Catholicism.
  2. [religion] Celebration of the Eucharist.
  3. [religion, usually as the Mass] The sacrament of the Eucharist.
  4. A musical setting of parts of the mass.
  5. 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.
  6. A large quantity; a sum.
  7. Bulk; magnitude; body; size.
  8. The principal part; the main body.
  9. [physics] The quantity of matter which a body contains, irrespective of its bulk or volume. It is one of four fundamental properties of matter. It is measured in kilograms in the SI system of measurement.
  10. [context: pharmacy] A medicinal substance made into a cohesive, homogeneous lump, of consistency suitable for making pills; as, blue mass.
  11. [medicine] A palpable or visible abnormal globular structure; a tumor.
  12. [context: bodybuilding] Excess body weight, especially in the form of muscle hypertrophy.
  13. A large body of individuals, especially persons.
  14. [context: in plural] The lower classes of persons.


  1. [context: Roman Catholic Church] 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. A similar ceremony offered by a number of Christian sects.
  3. [music] A musical composition set to portions of the Mass.

Specialised definition of the noun mass

Glossary of sports

a large quantity, e.g. a large number of people (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a body of matter with no clear shape (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a mixture for making pills (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the main solid part of bone (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective mass

What does mass mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. formed of separate units gathered into a mass or whole

Alternative definition of the adjective mass


  1. Involving a mass of things; cencerning a large quantity or number.
  2. Involving a mass of people; of, for, or by the masses.

Definition of the verb mass

What does mass mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: massed | massing | masses

  1. join together into a mass or collect or form a mass
    • examples: Crowds were massing outside the palace | The crowds mass in the streets
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]The teacher gathered the kidsVerbs of Existence: accumulate, aggregate, amass, assemble, cluster, collect, congregate, convene, flock, gather, group, herd, huddle
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] togetherThe teacher gathered the kids together
      [Theme - concrete, plural] [Verb]The kids are assembling
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherHerman whipped sugar and the cream togetherVerbs of Combining and Attaching: lump
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient 1] with / into / to [Patient 2]Herman mixed the eggs with the cream | Herman whipped sugar with the cream
      [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs whisk easily | Most labels tape easily
      [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb] togetherSugar and cream whip together easily
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with / into / to [Patient 2]Sugar whips into cream easily
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic terms: crowd / crowd together = to gather together in large numbers
    • more specific word: press = crowd closely


"Mass" is a 2004 Tollywood film produced by Nagarjuna Akkineni on his home production Annapurna Studios banner, written and directed by Raghava Lawrence. Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni, Jyothika, Charmme Kaur played the lead roles and music composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The film released on 23 December 2004. The film was dubbed into Tamil with the title Veeran, which also became a blockbuster and Hindi as Meri Jung – One Man Army. The film recorded as Super Hit at box-office.


  1. Mass is a fictional character from the 2004 film Mass.
  2. Mass is a is a fictional character from the 2006 film Style.

There are other characters with in their name, like Black Mass, Jochen Mass and Mass Murderer.

Phrases with Mass

Phrases starting with the word Mass:

  1. mass.
  2. Mass Bell
  3. mass card
  4. Mass flow
  5. mass noun
  6. mass unit
  7. Mass-Noun
  8. Mass grave
  9. Mass media
  10. Mass Shift

Phrases ending with the word Mass:

  1. air mass
  2. ice mass
  3. low mass
  4. high mass
  5. land mass
  6. rest mass
  7. Earth Mass
  8. Point Mass
  9. Solar Mass

Other phrase containing the word Mass:

  1. D. Mass.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Mass

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Google previewNotes, questions, and answers on the Collects. New edition. [By J. Flint. With the text.] (1863)

The word mass means much the same as the word “sercice." “ Christmas,” is the same in meaning as “Christ's service.” In the time of Cromwell, Christmas-Day was by authority made a national fast. The Church, however, bids us all rejoice on ...

Google previewHow to Know the Starry Heavens (1904)

An Invitation to the Study of Suns and Worlds by Edward Irving

The word mass refers to the amount of matter contained in anything, while weight has reference also to the force of gravitation, which varies in different worlds. The distinction is not important here.

Google previewRomanism without the Pope in the Church of England (1899)

by Henry William Clark

We are coolly told that the "terrible word Mass means simply a celebration of the Holy Communion ; it means that and ...

Google previewA Handbook of the Christian Faith (2004)

by John Schwarz

Today the word Mass refers to the Catholic worship service, the central feature of which is the Eucharist. In the early church it was called the Lord's Supper and was celebrated within the context of a fellowship meal among believers (see 1 Cor.

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

Acetate Sub-crystalline mass Soluble Deliquescent Benzoate Opaque mass Do. Borate Gummy mass Do. Deliquescent Biborate Crystalline Less soluole Carbonate White powder O-01 54-46 45-54 Chroimate Yellow parallelopipeds Soluble ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Time (2009)

Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture by H. James Birx

prone to extinction than species with smaller ranges, but not when extinction is so severe as during mass extinctions. In this case, survival depends on the geographic distribution of the entire group but not of the individual species. Tropical ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

The mass was dissolved in water, and the solution filtered. A residuum remained, which was dissolved in nitric acid, with tht exception of a red powder ; which, treated with nitro-muriatic acid, was dissolved, except a little muriate of silver, which ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chromatography 2004 Update Supplement (2004)

by Jack Cazes

However, to obtain efficient, fast separation, the mass transfer between the mobile and the stationary phase should also be fast.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking (2005)

by Pagani, Margherita

Mass. Markus Voeth University of Hohenheim, Germany Marcus Liehr University of Hohenheim, Germany THE ECONOMICS OF COMMUNICATION PRODUCTS Communication products are characterized by the fact that the benefit that ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime (2003)

by Eric W. Hickey

Aeronautical mass murder can be defined as the deliberate destruction of civilian aircraft in an effort to cause the death of its passengers and/or those on the ground. Although the act is not necessarily novel, its study remains underdeveloped.

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Physics, Fourth Edition (2009)

by John Daintith

The strength of the gravitational field at a point on the Earth's surface is given by the ratio force/mass, which is equivalent to the...

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The relativity principle in connection with the basic Maxwellian equations demands that the mass should be a direct measure of the energy contained in a body; light transfers mass. With radium there should be a noticeable diminution of mass. (Albert Einstein)
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Scrabble value of M3A1S1S1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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