• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vast unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope "huge government spending","huge country estates","huge popular demand for higher education","a huge wave","the Los Angeles aqueduct winds like an immense snake along the base of the mountains","immense numbers of birds","at vast (or immense) expense","the vast reaches of outer space","the vast accumulation of knowledge...which we call civilization"- W.R.Inge"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wild Flamingos are pink because they consume vast quantities of algae and brine shrimp
    • n Vast A waste region; boundless space; immensity. "The watery vast .""Michael bid sound
      The archangel trumpet. Through the vast of heaven
      It sounded."
    • Vast Of great extent; very spacious or large; also, huge in bulk; immense; enormous; as, the vast ocean; vast mountains; the vast empire of Russia. "Through the vast and boundless deep."
    • Vast Very great in force; mighty; as, vast labor.
    • Vast Very great in importance; as, a subject of vast concern.
    • Vast Very great in numbers, quantity, or amount; as, a vast army; a vast sum of money.
    • Vast Waste; desert; desolate; lonely. "The empty, vast , and wandering air."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The universe is so vast in relation to the matter it contains that it can be compared in the following way: A building 20 miles long, 20 miles wide and 20 miles high that contains 1 grain of sand.
    • vast Wide and vacant or unoccupied; waste; desolate; lonely.
    • vast Being of great extent or size; very spacious or large; enormous; massive; immense.
    • vast Very great in quantity, number, or amount.
    • vast Very great as to degree, intensity, difficulty of accomplishment, importance, etc.; mighty: used also in exaggerated colloquial speech, being much affected in the eighteenth century.
    • vast Synonyms Spacious.
    • vast Colossal, gigantic, prodigious, tremendous, stupendous.
    • n vast A boundless waste or space; immensity.
    • n vast A great deal; a large quantity or number.
    • n vast The darkness of night, in which the prospect is not bounded in by distinct objects: only in the following passage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The vast majority of coffee available to consumers are blends of different beans.
    • adj Vast vast of great extent: very great in amount: very great in degree, mighty:
    • n Vast immensity: :
    • adj Vast vast (Shak.) vacant, desolate
    • n Vast (coll.) a large quantity
    • n Vast (Shak.) the darkness of night
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  • John Updike
    “America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.”
  • Andre Maurois
    “Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.”
  • Arnold Bennett
    “Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.”
  • Paul Little
    Paul Little
    “Has it ever struck you that the vast majority of the will of God for your life has already been revealed in the Bible? That is a crucial thing to grasp.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate government action.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vastus, empty, waste, enormous, immense: cf. F. vaste,. See Waste, and cf. Devastate


In literature:

I think that a super-egotist, vast, but not so vast as it had supposed, had refused to move to one side for a comet.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
The dome-room was a vast arena now.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
Lake Superior, though it possesses not all the vastness of the ocean, is yet equal in sublimity.
"Old Mackinaw" by W. P. Strickland
In the vast fireplace an ox could literally have been roasted.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
The primeval American forest once spread its shade over vast portions of the same province.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
A deep murmur of anticipation ran around the vast hall at this announcement.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
The vast audience was made up chiefly of the best and most fashionable society in Rome.
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
There is a vast difference between a connection and a concord.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Yet, in this darkest hour, a voice came crying out of the vast Arabian desert, the cradle of Islam, calling the faithful back to the true path.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
The Vast Extent of the Field.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy

In poetry:

Because the earth is vast and dark
The house was built--
Now with another heart and fire
To be fulfilled.
"Home For Love" by John Freeman
Come, for the soul is free!
In all the vast dreamland
There is no lock for thee,
Each door awaits thy hand.
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
Only the long wind dirges,
Only the long wind cries,
Where the giant Knocknatubber
Mounts to the vast gray skies.
"The Little Creek Coonana" by Clinton Scollard
Because the earth is vast and dark
And wet and cold;
Because man's heart wants warmth and light
Lest it grow old;
"Home For Love" by John Freeman
Death's Angel, like a vast eclipse,
Above him spreads her wings,
And fans the embers of his lips
To ashes as he sings.
"The Singer" by James Whitcomb Riley
There is not one a-hungered or a-cold
Shall seek my door but that he too shall share
Something of this vast happiness I hold;
I will be worthy of the joy I wear.
"The Bride" by Theodosia Garrison

In news:

Swedish crime film uses one girl's descent into prostitution as a window into vast governmental hypocrisy.
I go for a number of reasons but I spend the vast majority of my time just looking at, and talking to people about, wire and cable.
Vast Tracts in Paraguay Forest Being Replaced by Ranches.
Dealers on premise may also make offers to buy items and are selling a vast array of collectables .
AFSCME Council 75 represents the workers in the vast majority of the state corrections facilities in Oregon.
Looking at your world from a?vastly different perspective can be an eye-opening experience.
2) The Lakers are vastly improved defensively .
Jim Blashfield is a Portland-based artist with a vast portfolio.
Though largely forgotten today, Elsa Maxwell (1883–1963) was vastly influential all over the world infrom the 1910s to the 1950s, holding court with royalty, dignitaries, and famous actors and musicians.
Facing chronic budget shortfalls, several states are grappling with the uncomfortable proposition of how to match their dwindling Medicaid resources with the vast demands placed on the state-run programs.
I'm so old, pushing 74, that I remember clearly the era of a vastly different newsroom.
What do you get when you combine a short but focused attention span, a love of learning and discovery, and the vast educational landscape that is the internet.
0 Scientists say the Antarctic ice sheet could cover vast reservoirs of the greenhouse gas methane.
The recent letters to the editor vastly illustrate the difference between the two political parties.
The Right Wing Conspiracy was not as Vast as it once was, but yesterday's steering committee meeting at the National Press Club still had a decent turnout.

In science:

This result may be of some use in constructing a vast family of examples of Sasakian and Sasakian-Einstein structures.
Locally Sasakian Manifolds
This region has been left vastly unexplored by the BATSE data due to the high threshold.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
In a certain sense, the vast ma jority of 3-manifolds are not graph manifolds, and so Theorem 3.2 gives strong topological restrictions on the existence of sufficiently collapsed metrics.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
We will summarize in the following two sets of improvements that would vastly boost the efficiency and overall performance of the current instrument.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
The inequalities basically say that the local energy density cannot be vastly more negative than about −1/r4 .
The Classical Singularity Theorems and their Quantum Loopholes