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"

2. Adjective. Concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests. "Material comforts"
Similar to: Secular, Temporal, Worldly

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"
Generic synonyms: Info, Information
Specialized synonyms: Rehash, Copy

4. Adjective. Derived from or composed of matter. "The material universe"
Attributes: Corporality, Corporeality, Materiality, Physicalness
Also: Real, Substantial
Similar to: Physical, Physical
Antonyms: Immaterial
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"
Exact synonyms: Cloth, Fabric, Textile
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"
Similar to: Crucial
Antonyms: Immaterial
Derivative terms: Materiality

7. Noun. Things needed for doing or making something. "Useful teaching materials"
Generic synonyms: Equipment
Specialized synonyms: Packaging, Railing, Roofing

8. Adjective. Concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being. "The moral and material welfare of all good citizens"
Similar to: Physical

9. Noun. A person judged suitable for admission or employment. "She was vice-presidential material"
Generic synonyms: Applicant, Applier

10. Adjective. Having material or physical form or substance. "That which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible"

11. Adjective. Having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary. "Most ponderous and substantial things"

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

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Definition of Material

1. the substance of which anything is or may be composed [n -S]

Medical Definition of Material

1. 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) 4. Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter. Material cause. See Cause. Material evidence, evidence which conduces to the proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis. Synonym: Corporeal, bodily, important, weighty, momentous, essential. Origin: L. Materialis, fr. Materia stuff, matter: cf. F. Materiel. See Matter, and cf. Materiel. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Material

mater lectionis
materia alba
materia medica
material (current term)
material body
material breach
material breaches
material conditional
material fact
material implication
material logic
material possession
material resource
material support
material witness

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 ..."

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