massive

massive, massy, bulky, monumental, substantial are comparable when they mean impressively large or heavy.
Massive distinctively stresses solidity and strength of construction and may imply an imposing appearance
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its ceilings . . . heavy with massive beams— Dickens

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the mainland of Asia, and especially that part of it occupied by the massive bulk of China— Owen Lattimore

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a man whose massive shoulders and determined cast of features ought to have convinced him that such an enterprise was nothing short of desperate— Shaw

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Massy, chiefly a literary word, carries a stronger implication of ponderousness than massive, but an equal implication of solidity and strength
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your swords are now too massy for your strengths and will not be uplifted— Shak.

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hast thou a goblet for dark sparkling wine? That goblet right heavy, and massy, and gold?— Keats

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it was a castle, steadfast among storms, its side a massy wall— Sinclair Lewis

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Bulky stresses size rather than weight, and the excessive amount of space occupied rather than solidity or strength of construction
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a bulky parcel

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a bulky report

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its front door and steps were wide, presumably in order to permit the passage of bulky objects— Chidsey

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the museum finds it impossible to accept for display a great number of interesting but bulky items such as aircraft, guns or tanks— Report on Nat'l Development (Ottawa)

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Monumental implies greatness of size, but it distinctively suggests an imposing massiveness
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me, Goddess, bring to archèd walks of twilight groves, and shadows brown ... of pine, or monumental oak— Milton

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the monumental fourpost bed has been taken down— Daily Telegraph

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a tall red-haired woman of monumental build— Wharton

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Substantial stresses solidity and strength of construction but it carries a weak implication of size or outwardly imposing appearance and a strong implication of established quality, worth, and stability
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the most substantial buildings in England today are the old Norman cathedrals

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the Philadelphia crowd in their drab, substantial, gray and brown clothes— Dorothy Canfield

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substantial homes, and substantial relatives of some sort or other, on whom we could fall back— Galsworthy

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Analogous words: *heavy, weighty, ponderous: solid, hard, *firm: immense, enormous, *huge, gigantic, colossal

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