[muh-teer-ee-uh l] /məˈtɪər i əl/
the substance or substances of which a thing is made or composed:
Stone is a durable material.
anything that serves as crude or raw matter to be used or developed:
Wood pulp is the raw material from which paper is made.
any constituent element.
a textile fabric:
material for a dress.
a group of ideas, facts, data, etc., that may provide the basis for or be incorporated into some integrated work:
to gather material for a history of North Carolina; to write material for a comedy show.
materials, the articles or apparatus needed to make or do something:
a person considered as having qualities suited to a particular sphere of activity:
The boy’s teachers did not think he was college material.
formed or consisting of matter; physical; corporeal:
the material world.
relating to, concerned with, or involving matter:
pertaining to the physical rather than the spiritual or intellectual aspect of things:
pertaining to or characterized by an undue interest in corporeal things; unspiritual.
of substantial import; of much consequence; important:
Your support will make a material difference in the success of our program.
pertinent or essential (usually followed by to):
a question not material to the subject at hand.
Law. likely to influence the determination of a case:
Philosophy. of or relating to matter as distinguished from form.
the substance of which a thing is made or composed; component or constituent matter: raw material
facts, notes, etc, that a finished work may be based on or derived from: enough material for a book
cloth or fabric
a person who has qualities suitable for a given occupation, training, etc: that boy is not university material
of, relating to, or composed of physical substance; corporeal
(philosophy) composed of or relating to physical as opposed to mental or spiritual substance: the material world
of, relating to, or affecting economic or physical wellbeing: material ease
of or concerned with physical rather than spiritual interests
of great import or consequence: of material benefit to the workers
(often foll by to) relevant
(philosophy) of or relating to matter as opposed to form
(law) relevant to the issue before court: applied esp to facts or testimony of much significance: a material witness
mid-14c., “real, ordinary; earthly, drawn from the material world;” a term in scholastic philosophy and theology, from Old French material, materiel (14c.) and directly from Late Latin materialis (adj.) “of or belonging to matter,” from Latin materia “matter, stuff, wood, timber” (see matter). From late 14c. as “made of matter, having material existence; material, physical, substantial;” from late 15c. as “important, relevant.”
late 14c., “substance, matter from which a thing is made,” from material (adj.).
noun, Aristotelianism. 1. See under (def 8b). [kawz] /kɔz/ noun 1. a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect: You have been the cause of much anxiety. What was the cause of the accident? 2. the reason […]
noun, Logic. 1. (def 4b). [ih-kwiv-uh-luh ns or for 3, ee-kwuh-vey-luh ns] /ɪˈkwɪv ə ləns or for 3, ˌi kwəˈveɪ ləns/ noun, Also, (for defs 1, 2). 1. the state or fact of being equivalent; equality in value, force, significance, etc. 2. an instance of this; an equivalent. 3. Chemistry. the quality of having equal […]
- Material girl
noun a woman or girl mainly concerned with material things Word Origin from song by Madonna
noun, Logic. 1. (def 4a). noun (logic) 1. the truth-functional connective that forms a compound sentence from two given sentences and assigns the value false to it only when its antecedent is true and its consequent false, without consideration of relevance; loosely corresponds to the English if … then 2. a compound sentence formed with […]