|—n (sometimes foll by of |
|1.||that which makes up something, esp a physical object; material|
|2.||substance that occupies space and has mass, as distinguished from substance that is mental, spiritual, etc|
|3.||substance of a specified type: vegetable matter; reading matter|
|4.||thing; affair; concern; question: a matter of taste; several matters to attend to; no laughing matter|
|5.||a quantity or amount: a matter of a few pence|
|6.||the content of written or verbal material as distinct from its style or form|
|7.||(used with a negative) importance; consequence|
|8.||philosophy (in the writings of Aristotle and the Scholastics) that which is itself formless but can receive form and become substance|
|9.||philosophy (in the Cartesian tradition) one of two basic modes of existence, the other being mind: matter being extended in space as well as time|
|a. type set up, either standing or for use|
|b. copy to be set in type|
|11.||a secretion or discharge, such as pus|
|a. something to be proved|
|b. statements or allegations to be considered by a court|
|13.||for that matter as regards that|
|14.||See grey matter|
|a. regardless of; irrespective of: no matter what the excuse, you must not be late|
|b. (sentence substitute) it is unimportant|
|16.||the matter wrong; the trouble: there's nothing the matter|
|17.||to be of consequence or importance|
|18.||to form and discharge pus|
|[C13 (n), C16 (vb): from Latin māteria cause, substance, esp wood, or a substance that produces something else; related to māter mother]|
matter mat·ter (māt'ər)
Something that occupies space and can be perceived by one or more senses.
A specific type of substance.
Discharge or waste, such as pus or feces, from a living organism.
as a matter of fact
see matter of fact.