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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.   That which is real material of which anything is made the main or vital part of anything as faith is the substance of religion wealth as a man of substance
  14.   Matter stuff material
  15.   Substance
  16.   That in which qualities or attributes exist that which constitutes anything what it is the essential part body matter property
  17.   That in which qualities exist essential part body matter property
  18.   Wealth property
  19.   The material of which anything is made
  20.   The essential part brief summary solid basis
  21.   A real thing with qualities material body substantiality the essential part goods estate means of living the assumed substratum of qualities
  22.   The essence or material of a thing the main part that which really exists body something real or solid goods wealth means of living

Quotes of substance

  1. What will the U S senators have to say if there is as many over here and in the rest of the world suspect no substance to the allegations against my father and me – Kojo Annan
  2. Far from creating a new formalism what these can yield is something far transcending surface values since they not only embody form as beauty but also form in which intuitions or ideas or conjectures have taken visible substance – Max Bill
  3. Time is the substance from which I am made Time is a river which carries me along but I am the river it is a tiger that devours me but I am the tiger it is a fire that consumes me but I am the fire – Jorge Luis Borges
  4. I knew that this was what I wanted to talk about on stage There was no point being coy about it or pretending that I wasn't gay That was the substance of my whole act If you took that away there would be nothing left – Julian Clary
  5. The substance of painting is light – Andre Derain
  6. Sometimes when you start losing detail whether it's in music or in life something as small as failing to be polite you start to lose substance – Benny Goodman
  7. Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone but part while you can part friends Bury the carcass of friendship it is not worth embalming – William Hazlitt
  8. There are certainly laws and elements that make a film more accessible to mainstream audiences If you've got Tom Cruise as a strongman I'm sure it would have larger audiences but it wouldn't have the same substance – Werner Herzog
  9. You cannot set art off in a corner and hope for it to have vitality reality and substance – Charles Ives
  10. High office teaches decision making not substance It consumes intellectual capital it does not create it Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered they learn how to make decisions but not what decisions to make – Henry A. Kissinger
  11. I can see now that a concept or even a feeling makes no sense unless out of our substance we spin around it a web of references of relationships of values – Ella Maillart
  12. I lost my hair mixing a substance called white gunpowder on the kitchen table – Mark Oliphant
  13. The body is the substance of the stone – George Ripley
  14. All all is theft all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost the most legitimate passion nature has bred into us and without doubt the most agreeable one – Marquis de Sade
  15. The substance of faith is a hope in the unseen – Ron Suskind

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