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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. the stuff of which an object consists Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Same as Hypostasis, 2. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. The most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. Material possessions; estate; property; resources. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. 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.
  12. That in which qualities exist; essential part; body; matter; property. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Wealth; property. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. The material of which anything is made. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. The essential part; brief summary; solid basis. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.

Usage examples for substance

  1. She stands like a statue, with her hands crossed in front of her, faintly relieved against the dark substance of her dress. – The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins
  2. He said in substance You can't have it- so long as I have anything to do with the affairs of this province- you shall not have it!" – In Times Like These by Nellie L. McClung
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