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Etymology 1

From Old English mæsse, from Late Latin missa, noun use of feminine past participle of classical [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] mittere (release, dismiss).

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Noun

Singular
mass

Plural
es

mass (es)
  1. (religion) The Eucharist, now especially in Roman Catholicism.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Celebration of the Eucharist.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The sacrament of the Eucharist.
  4. A musical setting of parts of the mass.
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Verb

Infinitive
to mass

Third person singular
mass

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to mass (third-person singular simple present mass, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To celebrate mass.
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Etymology 2

From Anglo-Norman masse, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] massa (lump, dough), from Ancient Greek μαζα (barley-cake).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
mass

Plural
es

mass (es)
  1. 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.
    • (A date for this quote is being sought): Sir I. Newton — If it were not for these principles, the bodies of the earth, planets, comets, sun, and all things in them, would grow cold and freeze, and become inactive masses
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Savile — A deep mass of continual sea is slower stirred to rage
  2. A large quantity; a sum.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Sir W. Raleigh — All the mass of gold that comes into Spain.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Sir J. Davies — He had spent a huge mass of treasure.
  3. Bulk; magnitude; body; size.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Shakespeare, Hamlet, IV,iv — This army of such mass and charge
  4. The principal part; the main body.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Jowett (Thucyd.) — Night closed upon the pursuit, and aided the mass of the fugitives in their escape
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A medicinal substance made into a cohesive, homogeneous lump, of consistency suitable for making pills; as, blue mass.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A palpable or visible abnormal globular structure; a tumor.
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Excess body weight, especially in the form of muscle hypertrophy.
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Verb

Infinitive
to mass

Third person singular
mass

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to mass (third-person singular simple present mass, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To form or collect into a mass; to form into a collective body; to bring together into masses; to assemble.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Coleridge — But mass them together and they are terrible indeed.
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