Mass

Definition of Mass

Pronunciation: mås
n.1.
1.(R. C. Ch.) The sacrifice in the sacrament of the Eucharist, or the consecration and oblation of the host.
2.(Mus.) The portions of the Mass usually set to music, considered as a musical composition; - namely, the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei, besides sometimes an Offertory and the Benedictus.
Canon of the Mass
See Canon.
High Mass
Mass with incense, music, the assistance of a deacon, subdeacon, etc.
Low Mass
Mass which is said by the priest throughout, without music.
Mass bell
the sanctus bell. See Sanctus.
Mass book
the missal or Roman Catholic service book.
v. i.1.To celebrate Mass.
[imp. & p. p. Massed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Massing.]
n.1.
1.A quantity of matter cohering together so as to make one body, or an aggregation of particles or things which collectively make one body or quantity, usually of considerable size; as, a mass of ore, metal, sand, or water.
If it were not for these principles, the bodies of the earth, planets, comets, sun, and all things in them, would grow cold and freeze, and become inactive masses.
- Sir I. Newton.
A deep mass of continual sea is slower stirred
To rage.
- Savile.
2.(Phar.) A medicinal substance made into a cohesive, homogeneous lump, of consistency suitable for making pills; as, blue mass.
3.A large quantity; a sum.
All the mass of gold that comes into Spain.
- Sir W. Raleigh.
He had spent a huge mass of treasure.
- Sir J. Davies.
4.Bulk; magnitude; body; size.
This army of such mass and charge.
- Shak.
5.The principal part; the main body.
Night closed upon the pursuit, and aided the mass of the fugitives in their escape.
- Jowett (Thucyd.).
6.(Physics) The quantity of matter which a body contains, irrespective of its bulk or volume.
Blue mass
See under Blue.
Mass center
(Geom.) the center of gravity of a triangle.
Mass copper
native copper in a large mass.
Mass meeting
a large or general assembly of people, usually a meeting having some relation to politics.
The masses
the great body of the people, as contrasted with the higher classes; the populace.
v. t.1.To form or collect into a mass; to form into a collective body; to bring together into masses; to assemble.
But mass them together and they are terrible indeed.
- Coleridge.

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