Definitions of material

  1. To form from matter; to materialize.
  2. things needed for doing or making something; " writing materials"; " useful teaching materials"
  3. 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. The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made.
  5. The substance of which anything is made.
  6. Esp. in pl. that out of which anything is to be made.
  7. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; important.
  8. Substance of which anything is made.
  9. That of which anything is or may be made.
  10. Anything composed of matter; that of which anything is made.
  12. having material or physical form or substance; " that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett
  13. derived from or composed of matter; " the material universe"
  14. 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"
  15. 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
  16. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies.
  17. 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.
  18. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important.
  19. Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter.
  20. 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.
  21. Consisting of matter: corporeal, not spiritual: substantial: essential: important.
  23. Pertaining to matter; physical; corporeal; sensual.
  24. Essential; important.
  25. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; important; essential; not merely formal.