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Definitions of matter

  1.   That of which anything is composed; constituent substance; material; the material or substantial part of anything; the constituent elements of conception; that into which a notion may be analyzed; the essence; the pith; the embodiment.
  2.   To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate.
  3.   Substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess; pus; purulent substance.
  4.   ( used with negation) having consequence; " they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
  5.   Matterless.
  6.   Mattering; pa. p. mattered.
  7.   a problem; " is anything the matter?"
  8.   To generate pus or matter, as a sore.
  9.   Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble.
  10.   Matter of fact.
  11.   Substance extended; body; that which is visible or tangible; that of which anything is composed; subject; thing treated or spoken of; object; question considered; that about which we think or write; event; business; in logic, substantial as opposed to formal truth; cause of disturbance; thing nearly computed, as a matter of five miles; thing limited to fact, as opposed to a flight of the imagination; in printing, set- up type.
  12.   That which occupies space, and is perceptible to the senses; material; the subject treated of or that occupies us; the substance of what is said; substance: affair; business: importance; thing; indefinite amount; that which is discharged in a tumour boil or abscess; pus set- up type.
  13.   To be of concern or importance; signify.
  14.   That which occupies space, and can be perceived by the senses; body; substance; as, the subject matter of a book; a thing of importance; business; as, the matter needs prompt attention; event; indefinite amount; ground; cause of difficulty; as, what is the matter pus; set- up type for a printer.
  15.   To be of importance; to signify.
  16.   1. Substance. 2. Pus.
  17.   To be of importance; to signify; to form pus.
  18.   have weight; have import, carry weight; " It does not matter much"
  19.   A subject, as for discussion.
  20.   That which occupies space, and with which we become acquainted by our bodily senses: that out of which anything is made: the subject or thing treated of: that with which one has to do: cause of a thing: thing of consequence: importance: indefinite amount:- v. i. to be of importance: to signify.
  21.   That which has extension, inertia. Weight, etc.
  22.   Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; - chiefly in the phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like.
  23.   A condition of affsirs; case; trouble.
  24.   Substance of which bodies are composed; subject; affair; importance; pus.
  25.   Fluid in abscesses or on festering sores, pus.
  26.   That which is permanent, or is supposed to be given, and in or upon which changes are effected by psychological or physical processes and relations; - opposed to form.
  27.   That of which the sensible universe and all existent bodies are composed; anything which has extension, occupies space, or is perceptible by the senses; body; substance.
  28.   To regard as important; to take account of; to care for.
  29.   A substance. Popular term for pus.
  30.   The substance of anything; material; essence; importance.
  31.   Be of importance; signify; to form pus.
  32.   written works ( especially in books or magazines); " he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
  33.   To be of consequence; signify.
  34.   Amount; quantity; portion; space; - often indefinite.
  35.   The moisture from a sore; pus.
  36.   To be of importance; to import; to signify.
  37.   Pus.
  38.   That with regard to, or about which, anything takes place or is done; the thing aimed at, treated of, or treated; subject of action, discussion, consideration, feeling, complaint, legal action, or the like; theme.
  39.   That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do; concern; affair; business.
  40.   Written manuscript, or anything to be set in type; copy; also, type set up and ready to be used, or which has been used, in printing.
  41.   some situation or event that is thought about; " he kept drifting off the topic"; " he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; " it is a matter for the police"
  42.   a vaguely specified concern; " several matters to attend to"; " it is none of your affair"; " things are going well"
  43.   that which has mass and occupies space; " an atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter"

Quotes of matter

  1. At a time when we're having to take such difficult decisions about how to cut back without damaging the things that matter the most, we should strain every sinew to cut error, waste and fraud. – David Cameron
  2. Why is it any more reasonable to believe that God has always been than it is to say that matter has always been? – John Clayton
  3. You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle. – Paulo Coelho
  4. So I was surprised at the notion that I might have brought anthrax to my home, and would have been even amused if it was not for the fact that this matter is so grave and serious. – Steven Hatfill
  5. Think it is just a matter of... well look how long it took Shawn Colvin to reach the level that she has. Believe me, that girl has done everything except stand behind the cash register at Tower and take the money. – Christine Lavin
  6. For Astrid, no matter what challenges they go through, they are going to face each other. It's hard for a daughter to accept that her mother is that selfish and that terrible. – Alison Lohman
  7. It was a matter of survival for the local people, but it was the most violent scene I have ever witnessed. The people in my group, feeling helpless, were all spellbound and aghast at the same time. I became a vegetarian shortly after that. – Wendie Malick
  8. Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather, it concerns the basic human rights of family, country, justice and human dignity. – Imelda Marcos
  9. God is a spirit. A spirit is as much matter as oxygen or hydrogen. – Orson Pratt
  10. You have to play the cards you are dealt and if it has made it harder, it doesn't matter you still have to get the deal done. – Mitchell Reiss
  11. No man is the wiser for his learning; it may administer matter to work in, or objects to work upon; but wit and wisdom are born with a man. – John Selden
  12. Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on election day. The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago. – George Soros
  13. No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back. – Sheryl Swoopes
  14. Thank you for the sacrifices you and your families are making. Our Vietnam Veterans have taught us that no matter what are positions may be on policy, as Americans and patriots, we must support all of our soldiers with our thoughts and our prayers. – Zack Wamp
  15. Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter but making the commonplace unusual. – Edward Weston

Usage examples for matter

  1. “ " I know what's the matter with you," he said. ” – A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  2. We asked what was the matter – Highways and Byways in Surrey by Eric Parker
  3. What is the matter Harry? ” – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  4. It cannot matter to you what it is like. ” – The Blue Fairy Book by Various
  5. But what was the matter with you? ” – Footprints in the Forest by Edward Sylvester Ellis
  6. Nothing else must matter now. ” – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  7. “ What's the matter now, Bet? ” – The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan by Lizette M. Edholm
  8. It will; and does it matter – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  9. “ I never give the matter a thought. ” – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  10. But what is the matter with him? ” – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  11. Yet so the matter was. ” – None Other Gods by Robert Hugh Benson
  12. “ W'y, what's the matter – The Missourian by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  13. But, no matter take me to her. ” – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  14. She thought the matter well over, and this was what she did. ” – The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
  15. You ought to know something about the matter – Blake's Burden by Harold Bindloss
  16. What has been the matter Tom?" ” – Caught in a Trap by John C. Hutcheson
  17. Yes, was there anything else the matter – Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research by Michael Sage
  18. What is the matter with him now? ” – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  19. “ No matter for that, young man- no matter as yet. ” – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  20. She could not do it now, for that matter – Half Portions by Edna Ferber

Idioms for matter