American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large mountain mass or compact group of connected mountains forming an independent portion of a range.
- n. A large section or block of the earth's crust that is more rigid than the surrounding rock and has been moved or displaced as a unit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A central mountain-mass; the dominant part of a range of mountains; a part of a range which appears, from the position of the depressions by which it is more or less isolated, to form an independent whole; also, an orographic block or fault-block (German scholle); a band or zone of rocks raised or depressed between two largely developed parallel faults. The French word massif is occasionally used with these various significations in default of any good and familiar English term, especially by geologists writing on the Alps.
- n. A principal mountain mass.
- n. A block of the earth's crust bounded by faults or flexures and displaced as a unit without internal change; normally consists of gneisses and schists
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Geol.) A block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range.
- n. a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range
- 1885 French, massif, adjective, from Middle French (Wiktionary)
- French, massive, massif, from Old French; see massive. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The massif is the largest Swiss autochthonic crystalline entity.”
“The wreckage of a plane had been found in the fabled Mountains of the Moon, also known as the Rwenzori massif, which is between the two towns and shared by the DRC and Uganda.”
“Towards the northern extremity of the range occur a group of peaks, which together form an oblong block or "massif" amongst the neighbouring ridges known as”
“But: What was exceptional is that precisely a protruding 'massif' of a hog was dancing in the innersanctum sanctorumof the museum, a great and stupendously rotund animal was actually attempting to, or so it seemed to Wong, preform a pirouette in the manner of one of Degas 'whores.”
“The buildings spread out over the hills which scaled the limestone high massif that dominates the city.”
“Eight people died digging the tunnel a mile-and-a-half below the Gotthard massif.”
“From Samarkand the king struck north to the Jaxartes, like the Oxus a major river running from the great Himalayan massif to the Aral Sea.”
“As golfers approach the 15th hole of the Pevero course, the island of Tavolara, a grey limestone massif, rises up from the horizon.”
“ZURICH — Miners drilling from southern and northern Switzerland are expected Friday to meet hundreds of meters below the Gotthard alpine massif to create the world 's longest railway tunnel as part of an ambitious long-term project to move goods and freight off European roads and onto railroads.”
“In Switzerland, miners drilling from southern and northern parts of the country are expected Friday to meet hundreds of meters below the Gotthard alpine massif to create the world 's longest railway tunnel as part of an ambitious long-term project to move goods and freight off European roads and onto railroads.”
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