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Post by hsargent » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:51 pm

Now that is weird! After starting the Say versus Preach thread, I looked up Mass. I got the following:

Main Entry:
1mass Listen to the pronunciation of 1mass
Middle English, from Old English mæsse, modification of Vulgar Latin *messa, literally, dismissal at the end of a religious service, from Late Latin missa, from Latin, feminine of missus, past participle of mittere to send
before 12th century

1 capitalized : the liturgy of the Eucharist especially in accordance with the traditional Latin rite
2often capitalized : a celebration of the Eucharist <Sunday masses held at three different hours>
3: a musical setting for the ordinary of the Mass

But where is the scientific definition, i.e. a solid has mass and takes up space.....

Or mass is a unit of weight.

I would have thought that was number 1 definition!
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:58 pm

Where did you find that entry?

Not all dictionaries are equally well-compiled or comprehensive. However, I agree it is odd that the scientific definition is entirely absent from the dictionary you consulted.
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Re: Mass

Post by trolley » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:42 pm

You have to differentiate between Mass hysteria and mass hysteria.

Re: Mass

Post by russcable » Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:06 pm

You seem to be complaining about Merriam Webster. They have a separate entry for the other mass as it is an unrelated word.
Main Entry: 2mass
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English masse, from Anglo-French, from Latin massa, from Greek maza; akin to Greek massein to knead — more at mingle
Date: 15th century
1 a: a quantity or aggregate of matter usually of considerable size b (1): expanse, bulk (2): massive quality or effect <impressed me with such mass and such vividness — F. M. Ford> (3): the principal part or main body <the great mass of the continent is buried under an ice cap — Walter Sullivan> (4): aggregate, whole <men in the mass> c: the property of a body that is a measure of its inertia and that is commonly taken as a measure of the amount of material it contains and causes it to have weight in a gravitational field
2: a large quantity, amount, or number <a great mass of material>
3 a: a large body of persons in a compact group : a body of persons regarded as an aggregate b: the great body of the people as contrasted with the elite —often used in plural <the underprivileged and disadvantaged masses— C. A. Buss>

Re: Mass

Post by PhilHunt » Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:34 am

If the dictionary is putting the meanings in order of origin then placing the religious ceremony as no1 makes sense.
Also, if the 'M' is capitalised it will refer to the religious ceremony. After all, we never say "The Mass of the object is..."

Here is a list of entries for mass on-line.

I can't see your entry in this list so I assume you are using something which is not on-line.
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Re: Mass

Post by hsargent » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:15 pm

It was the Merriam- Webster on line and I tried capitalized and not capitalized.

I don't know how to look up the "unrelated" word. I've never seen this dictionary practice before.
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Re: Mass

Post by russcable » Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:28 pm

You click on the different items in the box at the top... where it says
Entries 10 of 33 (Next 10)
mass [1, noun]
mass [2, noun]
mass [3, verb]
mass [4, adjective]
air mass
atomic mass
atomic mass unit
Black Mass
body mass index
There are 33 different entries containing the word "mass" in the title. Click on (Next 10) to see "center of mass" and thru "mass medium", click Next 10 again to get to "mass noun" thru "solar mass", and (Next 3) to see "solemn mass", "sung mass", and finally "votive mass".

Re: Mass

Post by Tony Farg » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:29 am

must be a massive database

Re: Mass

Post by Ken Greenwald » Wed May 07, 2008 6:37 am

Probably took a long time to amass.

Ken May 6, 2008

Re: Mass

Post by gdwdwrkr » Wed May 07, 2008 10:19 am

Probably about 6.3 billion seconds.

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