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Definitions of matter

  1. To be of importance; to signify; to form pus. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To regard as important; to take account of; to care for. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To be of importance; to import; to signify. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Be of importance; signify; to form pus. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To be of consequence; signify. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. To be of concern or importance; signify. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. have weight; have import, carry weight; "It does not matter much" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. To be of importance; to signify. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. To generate pus or matter, as a sore. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. (used with negation) having consequence; "they were friends and it was no matter who won the games" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. a problem; "is anything the matter?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. written works (especially in books or magazines); "he always took some reading matter with him on the plane" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do; concern; affair; business. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; - chiefly in the phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Amount; quantity; portion; space; - often indefinite. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. Fluid in abscesses or on festering sores, pus. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. 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.
  26. Mattering; pa.p. mattered. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Substance of which bodies are composed; subject; affair; importance; pus. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. The substance of anything; material; essence; importance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. That which has extension, inertia. Weight, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. A subject, as for discussion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. A condition of affsirs; case; trouble. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. The moisture from a sore; pus. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  35. Matterless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. Matter of fact. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for matter

  1. What is the matter Harry? – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  2. She thought the matter well over, and this was what she did. – The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
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