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Definitions of matter

  1. a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. some situation or event that is thought about; "he kept drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. have weight; have import, carry weight; "It does not matter much" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (used with negation) having consequence; "they were friends and it was no matter who won the games" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a problem; "is anything the matter?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. written works (especially in books or magazines); "he always took some reading matter with him on the plane" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. that which has mass and occupies space; "an atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. That of which anything is composed; constituent substance; material; the material or substantial part of anything; the constituent elements of conception; that into which a notion may be analyzed; the essence; the pith; the embodiment. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. That of which the sensible universe and all existent bodies are composed; anything which has extension, occupies space, or is perceptible by the senses; body; substance. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. That with regard to, or about which, anything takes place or is done; the thing aimed at, treated of, or treated; subject of action, discussion, consideration, feeling, complaint, legal action, or the like; theme. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do; concern; affair; business. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess; pus; purulent substance. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Written manuscript, or anything to be set in type; copy; also, type set up and ready to be used, or which has been used, in printing. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To be of importance; to import; to signify. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To regard as important; to take account of; to care for. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; - chiefly in the phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Amount; quantity; portion; space; - often indefinite. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. That which is permanent, or is supposed to be given, and in or upon which changes are effected by psychological or physical processes and relations; - opposed to form. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. That which occupies space, and can be perceived by the senses; body; substance; as, the subject matter of a book; a thing of importance; business; as, the matter needs prompt attention; event; indefinite amount; ground; cause of difficulty; as, what is the matter pus; set-up type for a printer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. Be of importance; signify; to form pus. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. 1. Substance. 2. Pus. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  24. A substance. Popular term for pus. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  25. Fluid in abscesses or on festering sores, pus. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. That which occupies space, and with which we become acquainted by our bodily senses: that out of which anything is made: the subject or thing treated of: that with which one has to do: cause of a thing: thing of consequence: importance: indefinite amount:-v.i. to be of importance: to signify. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Mattering; pa.p. mattered. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  28. Matterless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. Substance of which bodies are composed; subject; affair; importance; pus. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  30. To be of consequence; signify. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. To be of concern or importance; signify. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. The substance of anything; material; essence; importance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. That which has extension, inertia. Weight, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. A subject, as for discussion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. A condition of affsirs; case; trouble. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. Pus. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. Matter of fact. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. That which occupies space, and is perceptible to the senses; material; the subject treated of or that occupies us; the substance of what is said; substance: affair; business: importance; thing; indefinite amount; that which is discharged in a tumour boil or abscess; pus set-up type. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  39. To be of importance; to signify; to form pus. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  40. Substance extended; body; that which is visible or tangible; that of which anything is composed; subject; thing treated or spoken of; object; question considered; that about which we think or write; event; business; in logic, substantial as opposed to formal truth; cause of disturbance; thing nearly computed, as a matter of five miles; thing limited to fact, as opposed to a flight of the imagination; in printing, set-up type. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  41. To be of importance; to signify. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  42. The moisture from a sore; pus. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  43. To generate pus or matter, as a sore. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  44. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; -- chiefly in the phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like. mso.anu.edu.au
  45. Amount; quantity; portion; space; -- often indefinite. mso.anu.edu.au
  46. That which is permanent, or is supposed to be given, and in or upon which changes are effected by psychological or physical processes and relations; -- opposed to form. mso.anu.edu.au
  47. Facts; substance as distinguished from form; the merits of a case. thelawdictionary.org
  48. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; chiefly in the phrases what matter? no matter, and the like. dictgcide_fs
  49. Amount; quantity; portion; space; often indefinite. dictgcide_fs
  50. That which is permanent, or is supposed to be given, and in or upon which changes are effected by psychological or physical processes and relations; opposed to form. dictgcide_fs
  51. mat'[.e]r, n. that which occupies space, and with which we become acquainted by our bodily senses: that out of which anything is made: that which receiving a form becomes a substance: the subject or thing treated of: anything engaging the attention: that with which one has to do: cause of a thing: thing of consequence: something requiring remedy or explanation: any special allegation in law: importance: a measure, &c., of indefinite amount: (print.) material for work, type set up: mere dead substance, that which is thrown off by a living body, esp. pus, or the fluid in boils, tumours, and festering sores.--v.i. to be of importance: to signify: to form or discharge matter in a sore:--pr.p. matt'ering; pa.p. matt'ered.--adjs. MATT'ERFUL, full of matter, pithy; MATT'ERLESS; MATT'ER-OF-FACT, adhering to the matter of fact: not fanciful: dry; MATT'ERY, significant: purulent.--MATTER OF COURSE, occurring in natural time and order, as a thing to be expected; MATTER OF FACT, really happening and not fanciful or supposed: not wandering beyond realities. [O. Fr. matiere--L. materia, matter.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  52. Any substance which enters into the composition of a body. In Medicine, it is sometimes applied to the substance of evacuations; and is also used synonymously with pus. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  53. (Also) discharge or secrete pus. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  54. n. [Latin] Body; substance; visible or tangible form;— elementary substance of which the earth and all living bodies are composed— usually classified as solid matter, or coherent substance, as wood or stone; liquid matter, or substances having free motion among their parts, is water, oil, wine, &c. aeriform matter, or elastic substances, as vapour, gas, &c.; imponderable matter, or substances destitute of sensible weight, as light, heat, electricity, &c.;— material;— the thing treated of; subject;— affair; concern; business;— event; incident;— the thing supposed or intended; importance; significance; moment;— the inducing cause of disturbance, difficulty, disease, &c.;— A short space of time;— a small portion of distance;— the subject of complaint; suit; demand;— pus; purulent discharge from an abscess. Cabinet Dictionary

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