excessively concerned with physical comforts or the acquisition of wealth and possessions, rather than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
adhering to the philosophy of , a theory that regards matter as constituting the universe and all its phenomena.
1829, from materialist + -ic. Related: Materialistically.
composed only of antiparticles, especially antiprotons, antineutrons, and positrons. Contemporary Examples Instead, dark matter is its own antimatter, so any pair of particles that meet will destroy each other. Still No Dark Matter from Space Station Experiment Matthew R. Francis September 20, 2014 Historical Examples On the average, one atom out of every ten million […]
an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion, often being part of a large machine; linkage. the agency or means by which an effect is produced or a purpose is accomplished. machinery or mechanical appliances in general. the structure or arrangement of parts of a machine or similar device, or of anything analogous. […]
a person who believes in the theory of . a mechanician. Historical Examples John Rennie died; a celebrated Scottish civil engineer and mechanist. The Every Day Book of History and Chronology Joel Munsell These truths are as plain to the mechanist as they are to the vitalist. Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen To employ the […]
of or relating to the theory of or to . of or relating to mechanics. . Historical Examples Aristotle expressly states that a sufficient development of mechanistic technology would abrogate slavery. The Transformation of Early Christianity from an Eschatological to a Socialized Movement Lyford Paterson Edwards This explains, in some measure, the mechanistic tendencies of […]