from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range
French, massive, massif, from Old French; see massive.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1885 French, massif, adjective, from Middle French (Wiktionary)