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Meaning of SUBSTANCE

Pronunciation:  'substuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  
  2. [n]  the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?"
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [n]  what a communication that is about something is about
  5. [n]  considerable capital (wealth or income); "he is a man of means"
  6. [n]  the stuff of which an object consists

SUBSTANCE is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: center, content, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, matter, meaning, means, meat, message, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, subject matter, sum
 See Also: acknowledgement, acknowledgment, activator, adulterant, adulterator, allergen, antigen, antimatter, approval, aside, atom, ballast, bedding, bedding material, body, body substance, capital, carcinogen, chemical compound, chemical element, chemical irritant, cognitive content, combustible, combustible material, commendation, commitment, communication, component, component part, compound, connotation, content, corker, counsel, counseling, counselling, culture medium, dark matter, dedication, denaturant, denotation, deposit, digression, direction, disapproval, discourtesy, disrespect, divagation, drift, drivel, element, entity, entry, excursus, extension, ferment, fluid, foamentation, food, fuel, goo, gook, grinding, guck, guidance, gunk, haecceity, hokum, humectant, humor, humour, hydrocolloid, hypostasis, idea, implication, import, import, info, information, inhibitor, inoculant, inoculum, insertion, instruction, interpolation, jelly, latent content, leaven, leavening, litter, living substance, lysin, material, meaning, meaninglessness, medium, memorial, mental object, micronutrient, mixture, muck, mush, narration, narrative, nonsense, nonsensicality, nutrient, offer, offering, ooze, opinion, packaging, parenthesis, part, petition, philosopher's stone, phlogiston, physical thing, poison, poisonous substance, portion, postulation, promotion, promotional material, propellant, propellent, proposal, protoplasm, publicity, pyrectic, pyrogen, quiddity, quintessence, reference, refrigerant, refusal, reminder, request, residue, respects, sediment, sensationalism, shocker, significance, significance, signification, slime, sludge, solid, solute, solvate, statement, story, strain, stuff, stuff, subject, submission, substrate, system, tale, tenor, theme, thought, topic, treacle, undercurrent, undertone, view, wherewithal, wit, witticism, wittiness, ylem



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. Note: Stick-lac is the substance in its natural state,
          incrusting small twigs. When broken off, and the
          coloring matter partly removed, the granular residuum
          is called seed-lac. When melted, and reduced to a thin
          crust, it is called shell-lac or shellac. Lac is an
          important ingredient in sealing wax, dyes, varnishes,
          and lacquers.
    {Ceylon lac}, a resinous exudation of the tree {Croton
       lacciferum}, resembling lac.
    {Lac dye}, a scarlet dye obtained from stick-lac.
    {Lac lake}, the coloring matter of lac dye when precipitated
       from its solutions by alum.
    {Mexican lac}, an exudation of the tree {Croton Draco}.
  2. \Sub"stance\, n. [F., fr. L. substantia, fr. substare
    to be under or present, to stand firm; sub under + stare to
    stand. See {Stand}.]
    1. 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.
             These cooks, how they stamp, and strain, and grind,
             And turn substance into accident!     --Chaucer.
             Heroic virtue did his actions guide, And he the
             substance, not the appearance, chose. --Dryden.
    2. The most important element in any existence; the
       characteristic and essential components of anything; the
       main part; essential import; purport.
             This edition is the same in substance with the
             Latin.                                --Bp. Burnet.
             It is insolent in words, in manner; but in substance
             it is not only insulting, but alarming. --Burke.
    3. 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
    4. Material possessions; estate; property; resources.
             And there wasted his substance with riotous living.
                                                   --Luke xv. 13.
             Thy substance, valued at the highest rate, Can not
             amount unto a hundred marks.          --Shak.
             We are destroying many thousand lives, and
             exhausting our substance, but not for our own
             interest.                             --Swift.
    5. (Theol.) Same as {Hypostasis}, 2.
  3. \Sub"stance\, v. t.
    To furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to
    make rich. [Obs.]