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/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.
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
a question not material to the subject at hand.
likely to influence the determination of a case:
of or pertaining to matter as distinguished from form.
of, belonging to matter. See
Can be confused
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Also known as shade fabric, this woven
is useful as a temporary or long-term screen against hot sun and drying winds.
One of its fine qualities is the way
is divided according to how relevant it is to an academic audience.
The model produces an estimate of the radioactive
escaping at the source of the accident.
The fine print of its stated practices notes that in some cases,
is completely spiked from the record.
obtained from rubber trees, is a natural polymer of isoprene.
The planet orbits inside a disk of
around the star that's no more than two million years old.
The team was even able to recover some protein sequences from this
There was no
change in conditions affecting city real estate during the past week.
Maybe you're a professor who wants to use a chunk of copyrighted
in your course this spring.
in this disk later aggregates and forms planets.
British Dictionary definitions for
the substance of which a thing is made or composed; component or constituent matter
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
) 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
of or concerned with physical rather than spiritual interests
of great import or consequence
of material benefit to the workers
often foll by to
) of or relating to matter as opposed to form
) relevant to the issue before court: applied esp to facts or testimony of much significance
a material witness
C14: via French from Late Latin
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Word Origin and History for
late 14c. (adj.) "pertaining to matter," a term in scholastic philosophy and theology, from L.L.
(adj.) "of or belonging to matter," from L.
"matter, stuff, wood, timber" (see
). The noun is attested from 1550s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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