Massive vs Immense - What's the difference?

massive | immense |

As adjectives the difference between massive and immense

is that massive is of or pertaining to a large mass; weighty, heavy, or bulky while immense is huge, gigantic, very large.

As a noun massive

is (mineralogy) a homogeneous mass of rock, not layered and without an obvious crystal structure.




(en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to a large mass; weighty, heavy, or bulky.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
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  • Much larger than normal.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author= Chico Harlan
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=30, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Japan pockets the subsidy […] , passage=Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."}}
  • Of great significance or import; overwhelming.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The attack of the MOOCs , passage=Since the launch early last year of […] two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations. University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.}}
  • (label) Of a specimen not exhibiting crystal form.
  • Of particularly exceptional quality or value; awesome.
  • * {{quote-newsgroup, year=1995, date=November 29, author=harry knowles, newsgroup=rec.arts.sf.movies
  • , title= INDEPENDENCE DAY-----------MASSIVE COOL SPOILERS DON'T OPEN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW , passage=Ok true believers here is the low down of massive coolness.}}
  • * {{quote-newsgroup, year=1998, date=February 13, author=David Farrar, newsgroup=Re: Te Papa
  • , title= nz.reg.wellington.general , passage=Heaps excited about it - I'm planning for a massive day.}}
  • * {{quote-newsgroup, year=1998, date=July 2, author=super disco dan,
  • , title= Deasties rock the Hurricane- 06/21/98 , passage=saw the beasties last week in GERMANY at a massive little party called the Hurricane Festival outside Hamburg and here's how it all shook down
  • * {{quote-newsgroup, year=2003, date=June 11, author=Glenn Wendyhouse, newsgroup=uk.people.gothic
  • , title= WENDYHOUSE June 21st , passage=OPEN THROUGH THE SUMMER: We are on the 3rd Saturday of the month, remain at the same venue, at the same price, at the same times and always give you a massive night out to remember (unless you've drunk too much bargain University booze!).}}
  • * {{quote-newsgroup, year=2010, date=July 30, author=Robbie,
  • , title= Re: Survivable album chart from 2001 , passage=I own this one, bought it because I liked Slide. The album is quite dull. They were massive back in the day}}
  • Possessing mass.
  • Synonyms

    * (of or pertaining to a large mass) bulky, heavy, hefty, substantial, weighty * (much larger than normal) colossal, enormous, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, great, huge, mahoosive (slang), titanic * (of great significance or import) consequential, meaningful, overwhelming, significant, weighty * (of grandeur ) awesome, super, excellent, stupendous


    * (of or pertaining to a large mass) insubstantial, light * (much larger than normal) dwarf, little, microscopic, midget, minuscule, pint-sized, tiny, wee * (of great significance or import) inconsequential, insignificant, piddling, trifling, trivial, unimportant * (of grandeur ) lame, stale, disappointing, crappy * (of having a positive mass) massless

    Derived terms

    * mahoosive (slang) * massively * massiveness * MOOC (massive open online course)


    (en noun)
  • (mineralogy) A homogeneous mass of rock, not layered and without an obvious crystal structure.
  • karst massives in western Georgia


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    (en adjective)
  • Huge, gigantic, very large.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, […], down the nave to the western door. […] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.}}
  • Supremely good.
  • Synonyms

    * See also