1 large amount/number of sth
enormous, great, huge, large, vast

Their policies appeal to the broad mass of the population.


When I washed the sweater, it just turned into a shapeless mass.

compact, dense, solid

the first women to cross Antarctica's land mass on foot


a chaotic mass of ideas


a swirling mass of shadows


a tangled mass of hair

mass of

a dense mass of smoke

masses of (informal)

There were masses of people at the concert.

the huddled masses, the unwashed masses (= large numbers of poor people)

the image of America with arms open wide to the world's huddled masses

2 Mass Christian ceremony
Catholic, requiem
midnight, Sunday
attend, go to, hear

She never failed to attend Sunday Mass.

celebrate, offer, say

The local priest celebrates Mass in the church.

mass for

a requiem mass for the sailors who drowned

3 (technical) quantity of material
atomic, molecular
body, bone, muscle

Calcium deficiency can lead to low bone mass in adolescent girls.


The product has to be good enough to achieve a critical mass of customers. (figurative)

add, gain

Bodybuilders trying to gain muscle mass eat a lot of protein.

Mass is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑cloud, ↑troops
Mass is used with these nouns as the object: ↑troops
Mass is used with these nouns: ↑agitation, ↑appeal, ↑arrest, ↑audience, ↑boycott, ↑brawl, ↑chaos, ↑circulation, ↑communication, ↑confusion, ↑consumption, ↑culture, ↑delusion, ↑demonstration, ↑deportation, ↑destruction, ↑electorate, ↑emigration, ↑entertainment, ↑evacuation, ↑execution, ↑exit, ↑expulsion, ↑extinction, ↑following, ↑funeral, ↑genocide, ↑grave, ↑hysteria, ↑immigration, ↑killer, ↑killing, ↑literacy, ↑market, ↑marketing, ↑media, ↑medium, ↑meeting, ↑migration, ↑movement, ↑murder, ↑murderer, ↑noun, ↑organization, ↑panic, ↑participation, ↑picket, ↑privatization, ↑production, ↑protest, ↑rally, ↑redundancy, ↑reproduction, ↑resignation, ↑retailer, ↑revolt, ↑scale, ↑slaughter, ↑starvation, ↑strike, ↑suicide, ↑support, ↑tourism, ↑transit, ↑transportation, ↑unemployment, ↑uprising, ↑vaccination

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