American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Extremely large; huge.
- adj. Of boundless or immeasurable size or extent. See Synonyms at enormous.
- adj. Informal Surpassingly good; excellent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- So great as to be beyond measurement; immeasurable; limitless; boundless; incomprehensible.
- Of vast extent, bulk, or quantity; very great; huge; inordinate: as, an immense territory; an immense sum; an immense eater (a colloquial expression).
- Very good or fine; very striking, attractive, or interesting.
- Synonyms and Excessive, etc. See enormous.
- n. Infinite space; immensity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Immeasurable; unlimited. In commonest use: Very great; vast; huge.
- adj. unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
- From Latin immensus, from im- not + mensus measured (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin immēnsus : in-, not; see in-1 + mēnsus, past participle of mētīrī, to measure; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And Harpootlian expressed what he called his immense disappointment with the way the Clintons have run the campaign.”
“His old arse left us in immense debt while he rode away in the sunset - teetering on senility and his handlers kept that fact from the voting electorate.”
“As Prohibition began, new bootlegging operations opened up and drew in immense wealth.”
“There is, in short, immense incentive to exaggerate the significance of every piece of "news.”
“This odd bathos between the particular and the immense is clear to us in tawdry pop songs and moments of solitary sublimity”
“I have two sons, one of three years and means and one of seven months, knowledge that only a small cold them can hit makes badly me star, this renders me the pain immense that can have tried the parents of that child who did not have no guilt.”
“Africans drink it in immense quantities: in Unyamwezi the standing bedsteads, covered with bark-slabs, are all made sloping so as to drain off the liquor.”
“They are able to sustain immense variations of pressure.”
“The kids go and get help from the parents who stand their oblivious to the kid in immense amount of pain.”
“But I also give McCain immense credit for his by all accounts genuine refusal to demonize critics of the war (or any other of his political opponents).”
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