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. 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
  11. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies.
  12. 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.
  13. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important.
  14. Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter.
  15. The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made.
  16. To form from matter; to materialize.
  17. 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.
  18. The substance of which anything is made.
  19. Consisting of matter: corporeal, not spiritual: substantial: essential: important.
  20. Esp. in pl. that out of which anything is to be made.
  23. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; important.
  24. Substance of which anything is made.
  25. Pertaining to matter; physical; corporeal; sensual.
  26. Essential; important.
  27. That of which anything is or may be made.
  28. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; important; essential; not merely formal.
  29. Anything composed of matter; that of which anything is made.

Usage examples for material

  1. 2. That which takes the image of some material object. – Thought-Forms by Annie Besant C.W. Leadbeater
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. By degrees the dim black trees grew hazier and less material. – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss
  8. 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
  9. State the kind of vitamine present in each material. – School and Home Cooking by Carlotta C. Greer
  10. 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
  11. Is life, Frederick asked himself, meant to be nothing more than material for dreams? – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  12. It will do for " material." – Happy-Thought Hall by F. C. Burnand
  13. The material has its place- and a very important place. – The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit by Ralph Waldo Trine
  14. Even from a material point of view Art is most important. – The Pleasures of Life by Sir John Lubbock
  15. 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
  16. Her father looked at her: It is good building material. – The Dark Star by Robert W. Chambers
  17. I haven't even the material for guess- work. – The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
  18. 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