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Definitions of material

  1. having material or physical form or substance; " that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett
  2. concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests; " material possessions"; " material wealth"; " material comforts"
  3. things needed for doing or making something; " writing materials"; " useful teaching materials"
  4. 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"
  5. a person judged suitable for admission or employment; " he was university material"; " she was vice- presidential material"
  6. the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; " coal is a hard black material"; " wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
  7. having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; " the substantial world"; " a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; " most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare
  8. derived from or composed of matter; " the material universe"
  9. directly relevant to a matter especially a law case; " 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"
  10. artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; " the fabric in the curtains was light and semitraqnsparent"; " woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; " she measured off enough material for a dress"
  11. concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well- being; " material needs"; " the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T. Roosevelt
  12. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies.
  13. 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.
  14. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important.
  15. Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter.
  16. The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made.
  17. To form from matter; to materialize.
  18. Consisting of matter or substance; not spiritual; pertaining to bodily wants; as, the material needs of the poor; important; as, it is not material to me what you do.
  19. The substance of which anything is made.
  20. Consisting of matter: corporeal, not spiritual: substantial: essential: important.
  21. Esp. in pl. that out of which anything is to be made.
  22. MATERIALLY.
  23. MATERIALNESS, MATERIALITY.
  24. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; important.
  25. Substance of which anything is made.
  26. Pertaining to matter; physical; corporeal; sensual.
  27. Essential; important.
  28. That of which anything is or may be made.
  29. Consisting of matter; corporeal; not spiritual; of consequence; more or less necessary; in the matter.
  30. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; important; essential; not merely formal.
  31. Anything composed of matter; that of which anything is made.
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Usage examples for material

  1. The first of these is the immense increase of material prosperity, and the second is the immense decline in sincerity of spiritual interest. – On Compromise by John Morley
  2. The material however, seems to be the same. – A further contribution to the study of the mortuary customs of the North American Indians First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-80, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1881, pages 87-204 by H. C. Yarrow
  3. Those used by the author have all belonged to one or other of the types of material described. – A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 by Wallace Notestein
  4. He always struck me as a man of a coarse, material mind; but one can never tell. – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond
  5. State the kind of vitamine present in each material – School and Home Cooking by Carlotta C. Greer
  6. Her father looked at her: It is good building material – The Dark Star by Robert W. Chambers
  7. It will do for " material – Happy-Thought Hall by F. C. Burnand
  8. And now I want-" She had heard him so far with a feeling that she had dropped some material word which made sense of the rest. – Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
  9. When you feel that you have secured the material which will make a complete answer to the question, write the answer on one of your cards for keeping notes. – The Teaching of History by Ernest C. Hartwell
  10. The material has its place- and a very important place. – The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit by Ralph Waldo Trine
  11. You see, Massi, it is just the same with us human beings as with material things. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. Is life, Frederick asked himself, meant to be nothing more than material for dreams? – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  13. But you are made of a material I do not know it- but it is not flesh and blood. – The Other Side of the Door by Lucia Chamberlain
  14. As in the reading, so in geography, right development of the course of study must depend in large measure upon the material equipment that is at the same time provided. – What the Schools Teach and Might Teach by John Franklin Bobbitt
  15. 2. That which takes the image of some material object. – Thought-Forms by Annie Besant C.W. Leadbeater
  16. Even from a material point of view Art is most important. – The Pleasures of Life by Sir John Lubbock
  17. As stated, the cost of the whole project will be about sixty thousand dollars, present price of material and labour. – The Iron Furrow by George C. Shedd
  18. Thus we know that nature would not be true to its own laws, if it would do good work with bad material – Philosophy of Osteopathy by Andrew T. Still
  19. I haven't even the material for guess- work. – The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
  20. By degrees the dim black trees grew hazier and less material – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss
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