massive
massive mass"ive (m[.a]s"[i^]v), a. [F. massif.] 1. Forming, or consisting of, a large mass; compacted; weighty; heavy; massy. ``Massive armor.'' --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster]

2. (Min.) In mass; not necessarily without a crystalline structure, but having no regular form; as, a mineral occurs massive. [1913 Webster]

{Massive rock} (Geol.), a compact crystalline rock not distinctly schistose, as granite; also, with some authors, an eruptive rock. [1913 Webster]


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