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.
  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.

Antonyms for material

fictitious, slight, no-account, phantom, supernal, de minimis, anonymous, inadmissible, meaningless, foolish, cerebral, mickey mouse, shape, Fantasied, extraneous, petty, improper, negligible, fanciful, transcendent, Hyperphysical, moral, extraterrestrial, incorporeal, aeriform, frivolous, stringy, nonphysical, infelicitous, formless, insubstantial, small, form, phantasmic, Unapt, impalpable, empyrean, nonmaterial, empyreal, fantastic, little, intellectual, ethereal, incorrect, unimportant, chicken, fabulous, unearthly, minor, ideal, inapplicable, supernatural, unembodied, mythical, inner, invented, phantasmal, impertinent, incidental, cast, make believe, visionary, unknown, abstract, wrong, incongruous, pointless, small fry, utopian, invisible, malapropos, shadowy, inapposite, piddly, nominal, perverse, thin, chimerical, aery, unreal, airy, indecorous, unfit, ideational, inappropriate, unnoticeable, uncelebrated, unworldly, paltry, purposeless, spiritual, bodiless, trivial, mental, peanut, amiss, intangible, wraithlike, devotional, obscure, minute, fiddling, unsuitable, divine, aerial, inapt, measly, Discarnate, transcendental, piddling, unsubstantial, graceless, unbodied, geometry, fictional, figure, diaphanous, configuration, pretend, untoward, worthless, footling, insensible, unseemly, theoretical, heavenly, conformation, psychological, insignificant, elysian, psychic, picayune, inconsiderable, vaporous, conceptual, tenuous, useless, senseless, discorporate, trifling, niggling, fashion, celestial, religious, notional, Gossamery, irrelevant, disembodied, unhappy, inept, metaphysical, imperceptible, immaterial, sacred, inconsequential, nugatory, unbecoming, Irrelative, made-up, nameless.

Quotes of material

  1. Most of my recorded material has been in small group configurations. I have not released large orchestral works as recordings because it hasn't been within the realm of possibility. – Bill Dixon
  2. The scope of material I can work with is not limited to the set of things that we inherit from nature. – Drew Endy
  3. Again I entered my smithy to work and forge something from the noble material of time past. – Jean Froissart
  4. I used to write bits and pieces of comedy material for various comics that were at the Windmill... as well as my film job, I was under contract, I was allowed to do that and everything. – Val Guest
  5. I know quickly whether a guy is boyfriend material If I can have a good time doing absolutely nothing with him, then that's boyfriend material for me. Like if we're able to have fun at a gas station. I've had some really good times at gas stations. – Alyson Hannigan
  6. A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers. – Friedrich August von Hayek
  7. One must be entirely sensitive to the structure of the material that one is handling. One must yield to it in tiny details of execution, perhaps the handling of the surface or grain, and one must master it as a whole. – Barbara Hepworth
  8. I seem to find different material every four to six months and I frequently forget it which is a shame because it would be nice to have a bigger library. – Leo Kottke
  9. We see things in this material world, wherein our bodies dwell, only because our mind through its attention lives in another world, only because it contemplates the beauties of the archetypal and intelligible world which Reason contains. – Nicolas Malebranche
  10. I feel like a lot of the fundamental material I've assimilated. So now the question is: Am I going to really get into my spiritual inheritance of music and really develop my abilities? – Wynton Marsalis
  11. Somebody said that my work might be an interesting source of material – Melita Norwood
  12. The familiar material objects may not be all that is real, but they are admirable examples. – Willard Van Orman Quine
  13. I extract what I consider the best material from different sources. But often the material I perform comes from a very strange location in history, which are minstrel shows. – Leon Redbone
  14. I don't think I'll ever be a producer who's into taking the meetings and fighting the big fights with studios. I really don't like that part. I'm much more interested in the material – Meg Ryan
  15. Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered. – John Updike

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

Rhymes for material