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Definitions of substance

  1. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. what a communication that is about something is about Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. considerable capital (wealth or income); "he is a man of means" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the stuff of which an object consists Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. that which has mass and occupies space; "an atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. Same as Hypostasis, 2. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. That which underlies all outward manifestations; substratum; the permanent subject or cause of phenomena, whether material or spiritual; that in which properties inhere; that which is real, in distinction from that which is apparent; the abiding part of any existence, in distinction from any accident; that which constitutes anything what it is; real or existing essence. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. The most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Body; matter; material of which a thing is made; hence, substantiality; solidity; firmness; as, the substance of which a garment is made; some textile fabrics have little substance. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Material possessions; estate; property; resources. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. That which is real; material of which anything is made; the main or vital part of anything; as, faith is the substance of religion; wealth; as, a man of substance. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Matter, stuff, material. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  15. Substance. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  16. That in which qualities or attributes exist: that which constitutes anything what it is: the essential part: body: matter: property. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. That in which qualities exist; essential part; body; matter; property. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Wealth; property. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. The material of which anything is made. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. The essential part; brief summary; solid basis. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. A real thing with qualities; material body; substantiality; the essential part; goods; estate; means of living; the assumed substratum of qualities. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. The essence or material of a thing; the main part; that which really exists; body; something real or solid; goods; wealth; means of living. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. sub'stans, n. that in which qualities or attributes exist, the existence to which qualities belong: that which constitutes anything what it is: the essential part: body: matter: property: foundation, ground, confidence. [L. substantia--subst[=a]re, to stand under--sub, under, st[=a]re, to stand.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. (Metaphys.) the substratum that the cognizable properties or qualities or attributes or accidents of things are conceived as inhering in or affecting, the essential nature underlying phenomena, (s. & accidents in metaphysics correspond to subject& predicate in logic; a s. is a being subsisting in itself& subject to accidents; being of one s. with the Father); essence or most important part of anything, pith, purport, real meaning, (I agree with you in s., generally, apart from details; can give you the s. of his remarks; the s. of religion); material as opposed to form (the s. is good, but the style repellent); reality, solidity, solid worth, actual possessions, (sacrifice the s. for the shadow; there is no s. in him; an argument of little s.; a man of s., with property, of. man of STRAW; waste one\'s s., be spendthrift); particular kind of matter (a heavy, porous, yellow, transparent, s.; the small number of ss. that make up the world). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. That of which anything is composed or of which it consists. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  26. In histology, a general term for tissue. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  27. [L.L., Gr.] In Log., according to some, the collection or synthesis of attributes. See Nominalists; Realists. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  28. n. [Latin] Being; something which exists ; something real, not imaginary something solid, not empty;-that which underlies all outward manifestations; substratum :-that which constitutes any thing what it is; nature; real or existing essence ;-the most important element in any existence; the characteristics of any thing ;-any thing which has a material form ; body ; matter ;-estate; property. Cabinet Dictionary
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