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Definitions of matter

  1. a vaguely specified concern; " several matters to attend to"; " it is none of your affair"; " things are going well"
  2. 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"
  3. have weight; have import, carry weight; " It does not matter much"
  4. ( used with negation) having consequence; " they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
  5. a problem; " is anything the matter?"
  6. written works ( especially in books or magazines); " he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do; concern; affair; business.
  10. Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble.
  11. Substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess; pus; purulent substance.
  12. 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.
  13. To be of importance; to import; to signify.
  14. To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate.
  15. To regard as important; to take account of; to care for.
  16. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; - chiefly in the phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like.
  17. Amount; quantity; portion; space; - often indefinite.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Be of importance; signify; to form pus.
  21. Fluid in abscesses or on festering sores, pus.
  22. 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.
  23. Mattering; pa. p. mattered.
  24. Matterless.
  25. Substance of which bodies are composed; subject; affair; importance; pus.
  26. To be of consequence; signify.
  27. To be of concern or importance; signify.
  28. The substance of anything; material; essence; importance.
  29. That which has extension, inertia. Weight, etc.
  30. A subject, as for discussion.
  31. A condition of affsirs; case; trouble.
  32. Matter of fact.
  33. 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.
  34. To be of importance; to signify; to form pus.
  35. 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.
  36. To be of importance; to signify.
  37. The moisture from a sore; pus.
  38. To generate pus or matter, as a sore.

Usage examples for matter

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