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Meaning of MATTER

Pronunciation:  'matur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  
  2. [n]  (used with negation) having consequence; "they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
  3. [n]  a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
  4. [n]  a problem; "is anything the matter?"
  5. [n]  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"
  6. [n]  written works (especially in books or magazines); "he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
  7. [v]  have weight; have import, carry weight; "It does not matter much"

MATTER is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: affair, count, issue, subject, substance, thing, topic, weigh
 See Also: activator, addendum, adulterant, adulterator, allergen, antigen, antimatter, area, atom, back matter, ballast, be, bedding, bedding material, body substance, carcinogen, chemical compound, chemical element, chemical irritant, cognitive content, combustible, combustible material, compound, concern, consequence, content, culture medium, dark matter, denaturant, deposit, dictation, drift, element, end matter, entity, ferment, fluid, foamentation, food, front matter, fuel, goo, gook, grinding, guck, gunk, humectant, hydrocolloid, import, inhibitor, inoculant, inoculum, interest, jelly, leaven, leavening, litter, living substance, lysin, material, matter to, medium, mental object, micronutrient, mixture, moment, muck, nutrient, ooze, philosopher's stone, phlogiston, physical thing, piece of writing, poison, poisonous substance, postscript, prelims, press, problem, propellant, propellent, protoplasm, pyrectic, pyrogen, recitation, refrigerant, res adjudicata, res judicata, residue, sediment, slime, sludge, solid, solute, solvate, stuff, substrate, supplement, system, text, textual matter, trouble, typescript, writing, written material, ylem



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mat"ter\, n. [OE. matere, F. mati[`e]re, fr. L. materia;
    perh. akin to L. mater mother. Cf. {Mother}, {Madeira},
    1. That of which anything is composed; constituent substance;
       material; the material or substantial part of anything;
       the constituent elements of conception; that into which a
       notion may be analyzed; the essence; the pith; the
             He is the matter of virtue.           --B. Jonson.
    2. 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;
    Note: Matter is usually divided by philosophical writers into
          three kinds or classes: solid, liquid, and a["e]riform.
          Solid substances are those whose parts firmly cohere
          and resist impression, as wood or stone. Liquids have
          free motion among their parts, and easily yield to
          impression, as water and wine. A["e]riform substances
          are elastic fluids, called vapors and gases, as air and
          oxygen gas.
    3. 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. ``If the
       matter should be tried by duel.'' --Bacon.
             Son of God, Savior of men ! Thy name Shall be the
             copious matter of my song.            --Milton.
             Every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but
             every small matter they shall judge.  --Ex. xviii.
    4. That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do;
       concern; affair; business.
             To help the matter, the alchemists call in many
             vanities out of astrology.            --Bacon.
             Some young female seems to have carried matters so
             far, that she is ripe for asking advice.
    5. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence;
       importance; significance; moment; -- chiefly in the
       phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like.
             A prophet some, and some a poet, cry; No matter
             which, so neither of them lie.        --Dryden.
    6. Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything
       disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble.
             And this is the matter why interpreters upon that
             passage in Hosea will not consent it to be a true
             story, that the prophet took a harlot to wife.
    7. Amount; quantity; portion; space; -- often indefinite.
             Away he goes, . . . a matter of seven miles. --L'
             I have thoughts to tarry a small matter. --Congreve.
             No small matter of British forces were commanded
             over sea the year before.             --Mi
    8. Substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which
       is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess;
       pus; purulent substance.
    9. (Metaph.) 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}. --Mansel.
    10. (Print.) 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.
    {Dead matter} (Print.), type which has been used, or which is
       not to be used, in printing, and is ready for
    {Live matter} (Print.), type set up, but not yet printed
    {Matter in bar}, {Matter of fact}. See under {Bar}, and
    {Matter of record}, anything recorded.
    {Upon the matter}, or {Upon the whole matter}, considering
       the whole; taking all things into view.
             Waller, with Sir William Balfour, exceeded in horse,
             but were, upon the whole matter, equal in foot.
  2. \Mat"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Mattered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Mattering}.]
    1. To be of importance; to import; to signify.
             It matters not how they were called.  --Locke.
    2. To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate. [R.]
       ``Each slight sore mattereth.'' --Sir P. Sidney.
  3. \Mat"ter\, v. t.
    To regard as important; to take account of; to care for.
          He did not matter cold nor hunger.       --H. Brooke.
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