(=large number) masse f
→ Bruce stuffed a mass of papers into his briefcase.
a mass of sth, a mass of books and papers une masse de livres et de papiers
The courtyard was a mass of flowers. La cour était couverte de fleurs.
(=large amount) masse f
→ She had a mass of auburn hair.
→ He denied his guilt, but a mass of evidence connected him with the crime.
a mass of sth, There is a mass of detail to be worked out. Il y a une masse de détails à régler.
the mass of paper we have accumulated la masse de papier que nous avons accumulée
a mass of rubble un amas de débris
→ The fourteenth-century cathedral was reduced to a mass of rubble.
masses of *
(=lots of) des masses de
→ We've got masses of time.
→ There's masses of things for her to do.
(PHYSICS) masse f
→ The velocity depends on the mass of the object.
→ the strong temperature difference between the two masses of air
(RELIGION) messe f
to go to mass aller à la messe
We go to mass on Sunday. Nous allons à la messe le dimanche.
to say mass dire la messe
(=ordinary people) les masses fpl
→ We want to produce opera for the masses.
(=congregate) se masser
→ The students massed in Paris.
→ The General was massing his troops for a counterattack.
[culture] de masse → his resistance to mass culture and mass society
[unemployment] de masse → the social chaos that mass unemployment could bring
[exodus] de masse → the first bombings triggered the mass exodus of refugees →
mass movement →
mass transit →
mass destruction →
weapons of mass destruction
(=ratio of weight to height) masse f corporelle
→ Calculate your body mass by dividing your weight by your height.
→ The body mass index of a healthy person is between 20 and 25.
body mass index
n indice m de masse corporelle
(PHYSICS) masse f critique
(fig) masse f critique, seuil m critique
to reach critical mass atteindre la masse critique
→ By now the demands for reform had reached critical mass
→ Only in this way can the critical mass of participation be reached.
high mass , High Mass
n grand-messe f
abbr (US) ( Massachusetts.)
n destruction f massive
n charnier m
n hystérie f collective
[product, brand, paperback, car] grand public inv
[appeal] pour le grand public
→ a racy newspaper with mass-market appeal
n commercialisation f de masse
the mass media les médias, les médias grand public
mass media , mass-media
[violence] des médias
→ The unprecedented growth in concentrated mass-media violence
[images] des médias
[coverage] des médias
n rassemblement m de masse
n mouvement m de masse
→ The Church for them was not a mass movement in which individuals were lost
n meurtre m de masse
→ his conviction for the biggest mass murder in British history
n meurtrier (-ière) m/f de masse
vt produire en série
→ machinery to mass-produce footwear
[goods] de série
→ ... the first mass-produced mountain bike.
n production f de masse, production f en série
(=public transportation) transport m en commun
n messe f de requiem
weapons of mass destruction , WMD
npl armes fpl de destruction massive
→ So far, no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq.