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Meaning of MATERIAL

Pronunciation:  mu'teereeul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  
  2. [n]  things needed for doing or making something; "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials"
  3. [n]  information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form; "the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography"
  4. [n]  a person judged suitable for admission or employment; "he was university material"; "she was vice-presidential material"
  5. [n]  the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
  6. [adj]  having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare
  7. [adj]  derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe"
  8. [adj]  having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett
  9. [adj]  directly relevant to a matter especially a law case; "his support made a material difference"; "evidence material to the issue at hand"; "facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts"; "a material witness"
  10. [adj]  concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being; "material needs"; "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt
  11. [adj]  concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests; "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material comforts"

MATERIAL is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: bodied, bodily, cloth, corporal, corporate, corporeal, crucial, embodied, fabric, incarnate, physical, real, reincarnate, relevant, stuff, substantial, tangible, textile, touchable, worldly
 Antonyms: immaterial, incorporeal, insubstantial, nonmaterial, unreal, unsubstantial
 See Also: aba, abradant, abrasive, abrasive material, acrylic, adhesive, adhesive material, Aertex, alpaca, animal material, applicant, applier, artefact, artifact, atom, baize, basket weave, batik, batiste, belting, bimetal, boucle, broadcloth, brocade, buckram, builder, bunting, calico, cambric, camelhair, camel's hair, camlet, camo, camouflage, canopy, Canton flannel, canvas, canvass, cashmere, cerecloth, challis, chambray, chemical, chenille, chiffon, chino, chino cloth, chintz, coating, color, coloring material, colour, colouring material, composite material, conductor, contaminant, contamination, copy, cord, corduroy, cotton, cotton cloth, cotton flannel, crape, crepe, cretonne, crinoline, damask, denim, detergent builder, detritus, diamagnet, diamonte, diaper, dielectric, dimity, discharge, doeskin, drapery, duck, duffel, duffle, dungaree, dust, earth, edging, elastic, elastomer, emission, equipment, etamin, etamine, faille, felt, fiber, fiber, fibre, fibre, fill, filling, floc, floccule, fluff, foam, ground, HAZMAT, homogenate, impregnation, info, information, insulator, jean, lubricant, lubricating substance, lubricator, material, matter, mineral, molecule, mote, nonconductor, packaging, packing, packing material, paper, particle, plant material, radioactive material, railing, raw material, rehash, rind, rock, roofing, sealing material, sorbate, sorbent, sorbent material, speck, staple, stone, substance, thickener, thickening, toner, translucent substance, transparent substance, vernix, vernix caseosa, vulcanized fiber, wadding, waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ma*te"ri*al\, a. [L. materialis, fr. materia stuff,
    matter: cf. F. mat['e]riel. See {Matter}, and cf.
    1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical;
       as, material substance or bodies.
             The material elements of the universe. --Whewell.
    2. Hence: Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of
       man, as distinguished from the mental or moral nature;
       relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts.
    3. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of
       cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important.
             Discourse, which was always material, never
             trifling.                             --Evelyn.
             I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down
             only such as are most material to our present
             purpose.                              --Locke.
    4. (Logic.) Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form,
       of a thing. See {Matter}.
    {Material cause}. See under {Cause}.
    {Material evidence} (Law), evidence which conduces to the
       proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis. --Wharton.
    Syn: Corporeal; bodily; important; weighty; momentous;
  2. \Ma*te"ri*al\, n.
    The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be
    {Raw material}, any crude, unfinished, or elementary
       materials that are adapted to use only by processes of
       skilled labor. Cotton, wool, ore, logs, etc., are raw
  3. \Ma*te"ri*al\, v. t.
    To form from matter; to materialize. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
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