Vast (?), a. [Compar. Vaster (?); superl. Vastest.] [L. vastus empty, waste, enormous, immense: cf. F. vaste. See Waste, and cf. Devastate.]

1.

Waste; desert; desolate; lonely.

[Obs.]

The empty, vast, and wandering air. Shak.

2.

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. Milton.

3.

Very great in numbers, quantity, or amount; as, a vast army; a vast sum of money.

4.

Very great in importance; as, a subject of vast concern.

Syn. -- Enormous; huge; immense; mighty.

 

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Vast, n.

A waste region; boundless space; immensity.

"The watery vast."

Pope.

Michael bid sound The archangel trumpet. Through the vast of heaven It sounded. Milton.

 

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