immense
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin immensus immeasurable, from in- + mensus, past participle of metiri to measure — more at measure Date: 15th century 1. marked by greatness especially in size or degree; especially transcending ordinary means of measurement <
the immense and boundless universe
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2. supremely good ; excellent Synonyms: see enormousimmensely adverbimmenseness noun

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  • immense — [ i(m)mɑ̃s ] adj. • 1360 « total »; lat. immensus, de metiri « mesurer » → mesure 1 ♦ Didact. Qui n a ni bornes ni mesure. ⇒ illimité, infini. « À côté du vaste présent des peuples et de leur avenir immense » (Chateaubriand). 2 ♦ (1452) Cour.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • immense — Immense. adj. de tout genre. Qui est sans bornes, sans mesure, dont l estenduë, la grandeur est infinie. En ce sens il ne se dit que de Dieu. Dieu est immense. c est un estre immense. sa bonté immense. Il signifie aussi, Qui est d une grandeur… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Immense — Im*mense , a. [L. immensus; pref. im not + mensus, p. p. of metiri to measure: cf. F. immense. See {Measure}.] Immeasurable; unlimited. In commonest use: Very great; vast; huge. Immense the power Pope. Immense and boundless ocean. Daniel. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • immense — (adj.) early 15c., from M.Fr. immense (mid 14c.), from L. immensus immeasurable, boundless, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + mensus measured, pp. of metiri (see MEASURE (Cf. measure)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • immense — I adjective boundless, broad, bulky, capacious, colossal, endless, enormous, exorbitant, extremely large, far reaching, gigantic, grandiose, gross, huge, illimitable, immeasurable, innumerable, mammoth, massive, monumental, mountainous, myriad,… …   Law dictionary

  • immense — *huge, vast, enormous, elephantine, mammoth, giant, gigantic, gigantean, colossal, gargantuan, Herculean, cyclopean, titanic, Brobdingnagian Analogous words: tremendous, prodigious, stupendous, *monstrous: *large, big, great …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • immense — [adj] extremely large barn door*, boundless, Brobdingnagian*, colossal, elephantine, endless, enormous, eternal, extensive, giant, gigantic, great, gross, huge, humongous, illimitable, immeasurable, infinite, interminable, jumbo*, limitless,… …   New thesaurus

  • immense — Immense, Immensus …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • immense — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ extremely large or great. DERIVATIVES immensity noun. ORIGIN Latin immensus immeasurable …   English terms dictionary

  • immense — [i mens′] adj. [Fr < L immensus < in , not + mensus, pp. of metiri, to MEASURE] 1. Obs. unmeasured; limitless; infinite 2. very large; vast; huge 3. [Old Slang] very good; excellent SYN. ENORMOUS immensely adv. immenseness n …   English World dictionary

  • immense — (i mman s ) adj. 1°   Qui est sans bornes, sans mesure. Dieu est immense. Le monde est immense. •   Il semble qu on ait devant les yeux l éternité tout entière, et qu on en parcoure l immense étendue, BOURDAL. Serm. 19e dim. après la pentec.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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