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material - Dictionary definition and meaning for word material

Definition
(noun) the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
Synonyms : stuff
Example Sentence
  • coal is a hard black material
  • wheat is the stuff they use to make bread

Definition
(noun) information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form
Example Sentence
  • the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography

Definition
(noun) artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
Synonyms : cloth , fabric , textile
Example Sentence
  • the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent
  • woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC
  • she measured off enough material for a dress

Definition
(noun) things needed for doing or making something
Example Sentence
  • writing materials
  • useful teaching materials

Definition
(noun) a person judged suitable for admission or employment
Example Sentence
  • he was university material
  • she was vice-presidential material

Definition
(adj) concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests
Example Sentence
  • material possessions
  • material wealth
  • material comforts

Definition
(adj) derived from or composed of matter
Example Sentence
  • the material universe

Definition
(adj) directly relevant to a matter especially a law case
Example Sentence
  • his support made a material difference
  • evidence material to the issue at hand
  • facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts
  • a material witness

Definition
(adj) concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being
Example Sentence
  • material needs
  • the moral and material welfare of all good citizens

Definition
(adj) having material or physical form or substance
Synonyms : corporeal
Example Sentence
  • that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible

Definition
(adj) having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
Synonyms : real , substantial
Example Sentence
  • the substantial world
  • a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical
  • most ponderous and substantial things

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