Definition of Material
1. Noun. The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object. "Wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
Generic synonyms: Substance
Specialized synonyms: Ballast, Bedding, Bedding Material, Litter, Rind, Precursor, Atom, Corpuscle, Molecule, Mote, Particle, Speck, Ammunition, Floc, Floccule, Hazmat, Aggregate, Raw Material, Staple, Sorbate, Sorbent, Sorbent Material, Diamagnet, Mineral, Rock, Stone, Adhesive, Adhesive Agent, Adhesive Material, Sealing Material, Animal Material, Fluff, Bimetal, Abradant, Abrasive, Abrasive Material, Chemical, Chemical Substance, Composite Material, Conductor, Dielectric, Insulator, Nonconductor, Contaminant, Contamination, Particulate, Particulate Matter, Dust, Elastomer, Earth, Ground, Discharge, Emission, Detritus, Waste, Waste Material, Waste Matter, Waste Product, Fiber, Fibre, Fill, Filling, Foam, Homogenate, Humate, Impregnation, Paper, Packing, Packing Material, Wadding, Color, Coloring Material, Colour, Colouring Material, Plant Material, Plant Substance, Radioactive Material, Thickener, Thickening, Toner, Translucent Substance, Transparent Substance, Undercut, Builder, Detergent Builder, Vernix, Vernix Caseosa, Wad
2. Adjective. Concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests. "Material comforts"
3. Noun. Information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form. "The archives provided rich material for a definitive biography"
4. Adjective. Derived from or composed of matter. "The material universe"
Also: Real, Substantial
Similar to: Physical, Physical
Derivative terms: Materiality
5. Noun. Artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers. "She measured off enough material for a dress"
Generic synonyms: Artefact, Artifact
Specialized synonyms: Aba, Acrylic, Aertex, Alpaca, Baize, Basket Weave, Batik, Batiste, Belting, Bombazine, Boucle, Broadcloth, Broadcloth, Brocade, Buckram, Bunting, Calico, Cambric, Camel's Hair, Camelhair, Camlet, Camo, Camouflage, Canopy, Canvas, Canvass, Cashmere, Cerecloth, Challis, Chambray, Chenille, Chiffon, Chino, Chintz, Coating, Cobweb, Cord, Corduroy, Cotton, Canton Flannel, Cotton Flannel, Crape, Crepe, Cretonne, Crinoline, Damask, Denim, Dungaree, Jean, Diamante, Diaper, Dimity, Doeskin, Drapery, Duck, Duffel, Duffle, Elastic, Etamin, Etamine, Faille, Felt, Fiber, Fibre, Vulcanized Fiber, Flannel, Flannelette, Fleece, Foulard, Frieze, Fustian, Gabardine, Georgette, Gingham, Grogram, Grosgrain, Hair, Haircloth, Herringbone, Homespun, Hopsack, Hopsacking, Horsehair, Jaconet, Jacquard, Khaddar, Khadi, Khaki, Knit, Lace, Lame, Imitation Leather, Leatherette, Linen, Linsey-woolsey, Lint, Lisle, Mackinaw, Macintosh, Mackintosh, Madras, Marseille, Metallic, Mohair, Moire, Watered-silk, Moleskin, Monk's Cloth, Moquette, Moreen, Motley, Mousseline De Sole, Muslin, Nankeen, Mesh, Meshing, Meshwork, Net, Network, Ninon, Nylon, Oilcloth, Olive Drab, Organza, Paisley, Panting, Trousering, Pepper-and-salt, Percale, Durable Press, Permanent Press, Piece Of Cloth, Piece Of Material, Pilot Cloth, Pinstripe, Pique, Plush, Polyester, Pongee, Poplin, Print, Quilting, Rayon, Rep, Repp, Sackcloth, Bagging, Sacking, Sailcloth, Samite, Sateen, Satin, Satinet, Satinette, Screening, Scrim, Seersucker, Serge, Shag, Shantung, Sharkskin, Sheeting, Shirting, Shirttail, Silesia, Silk, Spandex, Sponge Cloth, Stammel, Suede, Suede Cloth, Suiting, Swan's Down, Taffeta, Tammy, Tapa, Tappa, Tapestry, Tapis, Plaid, Tartan, Terry, Terry Cloth, Terrycloth, Ticking, Toweling, Towelling, Tweed, Twill, Upholstery Material, Velcro, Velour, Velours, Velvet, Velveteen, Vicuna, Viyella, Voile, Wash-and-wear, Waterproof, Web, Webbing, Whipcord, Wincey, Wire Cloth, Wool, Woolen, Woollen, Worsted, Yoke, Pina Cloth
Terms within: Edging, Hem
Terms within: Warp, Filling, Pick, Weft, Woof
6. Adjective. Directly relevant to a matter especially a law case. "A material witness"
7. Noun. Things needed for doing or making something. "Useful teaching materials"
8. Adjective. Concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being. "The moral and material welfare of all good citizens"
9. Noun. A person judged suitable for admission or employment. "She was vice-presidential material"
10. Adjective. Having material or physical form or substance. "That which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible"
Attributes: Corporality, Corporeality, Materiality, Physicalness
Similar to: Bodily, Bodied, Corporal, Corporate, Embodied, Incarnate, Reincarnate
Derivative terms: Corporeality, Materiality
11. Adjective. Having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary. "Most ponderous and substantial things"
Attributes: Solidness, Substantiality, Substantialness
Derivative terms: Reality, Substance, Substantiality, Substantialness
Definition of Material
1. a. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies.
2. n. The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made.
3. v. t. To form from matter; to materialize.
Definition of Material
1. Adjective. Having to do with matter. ¹
2. Adjective. Worldly, as opposed to spiritual. ¹
3. Adjective. Significant. ¹
4. Noun. Matter which may be shaped or manipulated, particularly in making something. ¹
5. Noun. Text written for a specific purpose. ¹
6. Noun. A sample or specimens for study. ¹
7. Noun. Cloth to be made into a garment. ¹
8. Noun. A person who is qualified for a certain position or activity. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Material
1. the substance of which anything is or may be composed [n -S]
Medical Definition of Material
1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies. "The material elements of the universe." (Whewell)
2. Hence: Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of man, as distinguished from the mental or moral nature; relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts.
3. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important. "Discourse, which was always material, never trifling." (Evelyn) "I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down only such as are most material to our present purpose." (Locke)
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Literary usage of Material
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1917)
"They also render the material resistant to a large amount of drying in the open ... After all the tissues have been fixed, the material may be removed to a ..."
2. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1913)
"The necessity of having engineers on road construction cooperate with the laboratory in road material investigations made it advisable to have all road ..."
3. Library Journal by American Library Association, Library Association (1922)
"For example, there may be material on three hundred different churches. There is an envelope for each church, and these are arranged alphabetically so that ..."
4. Proceedings by American Society of Civil Engineers (1902)
"There is another advantage in having a great mass of material Mr. Stearns, above the water line of the reservoir, which is worthy of consideration, viz., ..."
5. The Montessori method: Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in by Maria Montessori, Henry Wyman Holmes (1912)
"I felt this, intuitively, and believed that not the didactic material, but my voice which called to them, awakened the children, and encouraged them to use ..."