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Meaning of material by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English material, from Late Latin materialis, from Latin materia "wood, material, substance" from mater "mother". Displaced native Middle English andweorc, andwork ( “material, matter” ) ( from Old English andweorc ( “matter, substance, material” ) ) .


    material ( comparative more material, superlative most material )

    1. Having to do with matter .
      This compound has a number of interesting material properties .
    2. Worldly, as opposed to spiritual .
      Don't let material concerns get in the way of living a good life .
    3. Significant .
      You've made several material contributions to this project .
      This is the most material fact in this lawsuit .



    material ( plural: materials )

    1. Matter which may be shaped or manipulated, particularly in making something .
      Asphalt, composed of oil and sand, is a widely used material for roads .
    2. Text written for a specific purpose .
      We were a warm-up act at the time; we didn't have enough original material to headline .
    3. A sample or specimens for study.
    4. Cloth to be made into a garment .
      You'll need about a yard of material to make this .
    5. A person who is qualified for a certain position or activity .
      Joe Manchin is a great governor, and I also believe he is presidential material .


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Explanation of material by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. having substance or capable of being treated as fact

    2. derived from or composed of matter

    3. the material universe
    4. having material or physical form or substance

    5. directly relevant to a matter especially a law case

    6. his support made a material difference
      evidence material to the issue at hand
      facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts
      a material witness
    7. concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being

    8. material needs
      the moral and material welfare of all good citizens- T.Roosevelt
    9. concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests

    10. material possessions
      material wealth
      material comforts
    1. artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

    2. she measured off enough material for a dress
    3. things needed for doing or making something

    4. writing materials
      useful teaching materials
    5. information ( data or ideas or observations ) that can be used or reworked into a finished form

    6. the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography
    7. a person judged suitable for admission or employment

    8. he was university material
      she was vice-presidential material
    9. the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

    10. coal is a hard black material

    Definition of material by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Material a. [L. materialis, fr. materia stuff, matter: cf. F. matériel. See Matter, and cf. Matériel.]

      1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, “material substance or bodies”.

      The material elements of the universe. Whewell.

      2. Hence: Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of man, as distinguished from the mental or moral nature; relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts; as, “material well-being; material comforts”.

      3. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of consequence; not be dispensed with; important; significant.

      Discourse, which was always material, never trifling. Evelyn.

      I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down only such as are most material to our present purpose. Locke.

      4. ( Logic. ) Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter.

      Material cause. See under Cause. -- Material evidence ( Law ), evidence which conduces to the proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis. Wharton.

      Syn. -- Corporeal; bodily; important; weighty; momentous; essential.

    2. Material, n. The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made.

      Raw material, any crude, unfinished, or elementary materials that are adapted to use only by processes of skilled labor. “raw material”.

    3. Material, v. t. To form from matter; to materialize. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.