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. considerable capital ( wealth or income); " he is a man of means"
  5. the stuff of which an object consists
  6. that which has mass and occupies space; " an atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter"
  7. Same as Hypostasis, 2.
  8. 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.
  9. The most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport.
  10. 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.
  11. Material possessions; estate; property; resources.
  12. To furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich.
  13. Matter, stuff, material.
  14. Substance.
  15. That in which qualities or attributes exist: that which constitutes anything what it is: the essential part: body: matter: property.
  16. That in which qualities exist; essential part; body; matter; property.
  17. Wealth; property.
  18. The material of which anything is made.
  19. The essential part; brief summary; solid basis.
  20. A real thing with qualities; material body; substantiality; the essential part; goods; estate; means of living; the assumed substratum of qualities.
  21. The essence or material of a thing; the main part; that which really exists; body; something real or solid; goods; wealth; means of living.

Usage examples for substance

  1. He said in substance: " You can't have it- so long as I have anything to do with the affairs of this province- you shall not have it!" – In Times Like These by Nellie L. McClung
  2. I shall tell the substance because that seems now, after all, the best way to protect the interests of those concerned. – Captivating Mary Carstairs by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  3. If this reception was a movement which brought about a greater unity in the form and substance of the laws of Western Europe, there was another factor at work which tended in the opposite direction. – The Unity of Civilization by Various
  4. " But you went into a bay, and let her go past you," said Rose, coolly enough as to manner, but with great point as to substance. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  5. That the substance itself is of deep interest goes without saying. – The New York Stock Exchange in the Crisis of 1914 by Henry George Stebbins Noble
  6. The substance of the whole story was this. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  7. Is it your delight to give of your substance for the spread of the gospel? – Heart Talks by Charles Wesley Naylor
  8. I do not think I was wrong in substance, but in form I was. – Lady-John-Russell by MacCarthy, Desmond
  9. By all accounts you'm a man of too much substance to risk yourself near a press- gang. – I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  10. This substance is, of course, easily repaired, and is always used by the Esquimaux in winter. – Ungava by R.M. Ballantyne
  11. She stands like a statue, with her hands crossed in front of her, faintly relieved against the dark substance of her dress. – The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins
  12. Surely- with a little uneven laugh- as I've lost the substance, you won't grudge me the shadow? – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  13. Christopher has become a man of substance. – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  14. Let her silence say- No. That was the substance of his letter. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  15. The most convenient application of steam for culinary purposes is, when it directly acts upon the substance to be heated. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  16. Little by little, as I watched, it took on substance. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  17. It has been our aim to make this work wholly Cousin's in substance, and in form as nearly his as possible, with a total change of dress. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  18. The substance of this statement I communicated to you the same evening by letter. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  19. Having granted legislative equality, England took care to secure that the Grattan Parliament should possess the shadow but not the substance of power. – The New Irish Constitution by J. H. Morgan
  20. It is good to give of thy substance. – Audrey by Mary Johnston