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Definitions of material

  1. To form from matter; to materialize. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. things needed for doing or making something; "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form; "the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The substance of which anything is made. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. Esp. in pl. that out of which anything is to be made. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; important. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Substance of which anything is made. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. That of which anything is or may be made. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Anything composed of matter; that of which anything is made. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. MATERIALLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. directly relevant to a matter especially a law case; "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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being; "material needs"; "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Consisting of matter or substance; not spiritual; pertaining to bodily wants; as, the material needs of the poor; important; as, it is not material to me what you do. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Consisting of matter: corporeal, not spiritual: substantial: essential: important. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. MATERIALNESS, MATERIALITY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. Pertaining to matter; physical; corporeal; sensual. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Essential; important. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; important; essential; not merely formal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for material

  1. Those used by the author have all belonged to one or other of the types of material described. – A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 by Wallace Notestein
  2. The first of these is the immense increase of material prosperity, and the second is the immense decline in sincerity of spiritual interest. – On Compromise by John Morley
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