Definitions of substance

  1. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; " the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; " the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; " the nub of the story"
  2. what a communication that is about something is about
  3. the idea that is intended; " What is the meaning of this proverb?"
  4. the stuff of which an object consists
  5. Same as Hypostasis, 2.
  6. That which underlies all outward manifestations; substratum; the permanent subject or cause of phenomena, whether material or spiritual; that in which properties inhere; that which is real, in distinction from that which is apparent; the abiding part of any existence, in distinction from any accident; that which constitutes anything what it is; real or existing essence.
  7. The most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport.
  8. Body; matter; material of which a thing is made; hence, substantiality; solidity; firmness; as, the substance of which a garment is made; some textile fabrics have little substance.
  9. Material possessions; estate; property; resources.
  10. To furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich.
  11. That in which qualities or attributes exist: that which constitutes anything what it is: the essential part: body: matter: property.
  12. That in which qualities exist; essential part; body; matter; property.
  13. The material of which anything is made.
  14. The essential part; brief summary; solid basis.
  15. A real thing with qualities; material body; substantiality; the essential part; goods; estate; means of living; the assumed substratum of qualities.
  16. The essence or material of a thing; the main part; that which really exists; body; something real or solid; goods; wealth; means of living.