the aggregate of values, mores, norms, etc., of a society; the ideational structure of a culture that provides the values and meanings by which it functions.
[muh-teer-ee-uh-lis-tik] /məˌtɪər i əˈlɪs tɪk/ adjective 1. excessively concerned with physical comforts or the acquisition of wealth and possessions, rather than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values. 2. adhering to the philosophy of , a theory that regards matter as constituting the universe and all its phenomena. adj. 1829, from materialist + -ic. Related: Materialistically.
[math-uh-mat-i-kuh l] /ˌmæθ əˈmæt ɪ kəl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or of the nature of : mathematical truth. 2. employed in the operations of : mathematical instruments. 3. having the exactness, precision, or certainty of . /ˌmæθəˈmætɪkəl; ˌmæθˈmæt-/ adjective 1. of, used in, or relating to mathematics 2. characterized by or using the precision […]
[mat-er] /ˈmæt ər/ noun 1. the substance or substances of which any physical object consists or is composed: the matter of which the earth is made. 2. physical or corporeal substance in general, whether solid, liquid, or gaseous, especially as distinguished from incorporeal substance, as spirit or mind, or from qualities, actions, and the like. […]
[muh-too r, -tyoo r, -choo r, -chur] /məˈtʊər, -ˈtyʊər, -ˈtʃʊər, -ˈtʃɜr/ adjective, maturer, maturest. 1. complete in natural growth or development, as plant and animal forms: a mature rose bush. 2. ripe, as fruit, or fully aged, as cheese or wine. 3. fully developed in body or mind, as a person: She was a mature […]