vast

vastly, adv.vastness, n.
/vast, vahst/, adj., vaster, vastest, n.
adj.
1. of very great area or extent; immense: the vast reaches of outer space.
2. of very great size or proportions; huge; enormous: vast piles of rubble left in the wake of the war.
3. very great in number, quantity, amount, etc.: vast sums of money.
4. very great in degree, intensity, etc.: an artisan of vast skill.
n.
5. Literary. an immense or boundless expanse or space.
[1565-75; < L vastus empty, immense]
Syn. 1. measureless, boundless, gigantic, colossal, stupendous.
Ant. 1. small.

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