matter, affair, thing(noun)
a vaguely specified concern
"several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
topic, subject, issue, matter(noun)
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"
that which has mass and occupies space
"physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it"
"is anything the matter?"
(used with negation) having consequence
"they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
written works (especially in books or magazines)
"he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
count, matter, weigh(verb)
have weight; have import, carry weight
"It does not matter much"
The basic structural component of the universe. Matter usually has mass and volume.
Matter made up of normal particles, not antiparticles. (Non-antimatter matter).
A kind of substance.
A condition, subject or affair, especially one of concern.
An approximate amount or extent.
a matter of months; a matter of knowledge.
Written material (especially in books or magazines)
He always took some reading matter with him on the plane
Aristotelian: undeveloped potentiality subject to change and development; formlessness. Matter receives form, and becomes substance.
To be important.
To care about, to mind; to find important.
Origin: From mater, from materie, from materie, from materia (matter, stuff, material), derivative of Latin mater "mother". Displaced native andweorc (from andweorc), intinga.
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 embodiment
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; substance
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
that which one has to treat, or with which one has to do; concern; affair; business
affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; -- chiefly in the phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like
inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble
amount; quantity; portion; space; -- often indefinite
substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess; pus; purulent substance
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
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
to be of importance; to import; to signify
to form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate
to regard as important; to take account of; to care for
Origin: [OE. matere, F. matire, fr. L. materia; perh. akin to L. mater mother. Cf. Mother, Madeira, Material.]
Matter is a poorly-defined term in science. The term has often been used in reference to a substance that has rest mass. Matter is also used loosely as a general term for the substance that makes up all observable physical objects. All objects we see with the naked eye are composed of atoms. This atomic matter is in turn made up of interacting subatomic particles—usually a nucleus of protons and neutrons, and a cloud of orbiting electrons. Typically, science considers these composite particles matter because they have both rest mass and volume. By contrast, massless particles, such as photons, are not considered matter, because they have neither rest mass nor volume. However, not all particles with rest mass have a classical volume, since fundamental particles such as quarks and leptons are considered "point particles" with no effective size or volume. Nevertheless, quarks and leptons together make up "ordinary matter," and their interactions contribute to the effective volume of the composite particles that make up ordinary matter. Matter commonly exists in four states: solid, liquid and gas, and plasma. . However, advances in experimental techniques have revealed other previously theoretical phases, such as Bose–Einstein condensates and fermionic condensates. A focus on an elementary-particle view of matter also leads to new phases of matter, such as the quark–gluon plasma. For much of the history of the natural sciences people have contemplated the exact nature of matter. The idea that matter was built of discrete building blocks, the so-called particulate theory of matter, was first put forward by the Greek philosophers Leucippus and Democritus.²²
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mat′ėr, n. that which occupies space, and with which we become acquainted by our bodily senses: that out of which anything is made: that which receiving a form becomes a substance: the subject or thing treated of: anything engaging the attention: that with which one has to do: cause of a thing: thing of consequence: something requiring remedy or explanation: any special allegation in law: importance: a measure, &c., of indefinite amount: (print.) material for work, type set up: mere dead substance, that which is thrown off by a living body, esp. pus, or the fluid in boils, tumours, and festering sores.—v.i. to be of importance: to signify: to form or discharge matter in a sore:—pr.p. matt′ering; pa.p. matt′ered.—adjs. Matt′erful, full of matter, pithy; Matt′erless; Matt′er-of-fact, adhering to the matter of fact: not fanciful: dry; Matt′ery, significant: purulent.—Matter of course, occurring in natural time and order, as a thing to be expected; Matter of fact, really happening and not fanciful or supposed: not wandering beyond realities. [O. Fr. matiere—L. materia, matter.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'matter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #581
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'matter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #593
Rank popularity for the word 'matter' in Nouns Frequency: #122
Rank popularity for the word 'matter' in Verbs Frequency: #387
The numerical value of matter in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of matter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It's a law-and-order issue. Black Lives Matter activists aren't going to be against Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter activists're just going to say all lives matter, and we're for law and order.
Black Lives Matter St. Paul's ridiculous. Black Lives Matter St. Paul can not happen. Black Lives Matter St. Paul's not what we do here in St. Paul, black Lives Matter St. Paul does not honor Philando Castile.
This rhetoric has gotten out of control, we've heard 'black lives matter,' 'All lives matter.' Well, cops' lives matter, too. So why don't we just drop the qualifier, and just say 'Lives matter,' and take that to the bank?
Are you happy? It doesn’t matter! Are you unhappy? It doesn’t matter! What matters is whether you exist or not! Are you laughing? It doesn’t matter! Are you crying? It doesn’t matter! What matters is whether you exist or not!
I believe there’s no such thing as a conflict that can’t be ended. They’re created and sustained by human beings. They can be ended by human beings. No matter how ancient the conflict, no matter how hateful, no matter how hurtful, peace can prevail.
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- مادة, أمر, جسمArabic
- hmota, látka, důvod, záležetCzech
- Anlass, Substanz, Stoff, Materie, Angelegenheit, MasseGerman
- materia, asunto, importarSpanish
- tilanne, aihe, aine, pulma, materia, ongelma, hätä, merkitä, olla merkitystä, haitataFinnish
- matière, affaire, importerFrench
- saak, matearjeWestern Frisian
- ábhar, misteIrish
- חומר, עילה, נושאHebrew
- बात, मामलाHindi
- ügy, dolog, anyagHungarian
- materia, problema, argomento, questione, faccenda, causa, importare, contareItalian
- 物質, 事Japanese
- 물질, 物質Korean
- fabula, pertineo ad, pertineoLatin
- stof, materie, er toe doen, belangrijk zijnDutch
- materia, sprawaPolish
- causa, matéria, motivo, problema, situação, razão, importarPortuguese
- subiect, substanță, materie, fond, problemă, material, chestiune, cauzăRomanian
- вопрос, материя, дело, вещество, повод, материал, иметь, значениеRussian
- materija, pitanje, tvar, biti bitno, imati značenje, imati važnostSerbo-Croatian
- materia, stoff, angelägenhet, fråga, ärende, spela rollSwedish
- معاملہ, باتUrdu
- vật chất, 物質Vietnamese
- indaba, udabaZulu
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