Definitions for matterˈmæt ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. matter, affair, thing(noun)

    a vaguely specified concern

    "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"

  2. 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"

  3. matter(noun)

    that which has mass and occupies space

    "physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it"

  4. matter(noun)

    a problem

    "is anything the matter?"

  5. matter(noun)

    (used with negation) having consequence

    "they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"

  6. matter(verb)

    written works (especially in books or magazines)

    "he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"

  7. count, matter, weigh(verb)

    have weight; have import, carry weight

    "It does not matter much"


  1. matter(Noun)

    The basic structural component of the universe. Matter usually has mass and volume.

  2. matter(Noun)

    Matter made up of normal particles, not antiparticles. (Non-antimatter matter).

  3. matter(Noun)

    A kind of substance.

    vegetable matter

  4. matter(Noun)

    A condition, subject or affair, especially one of concern.

  5. matter(Noun)

    An approximate amount or extent.

    a matter of months; a matter of knowledge.

  6. matter(Noun)

    Written material (especially in books or magazines)

    He always took some reading matter with him on the plane

  7. matter(Noun)

    Aristotelian: undeveloped potentiality subject to change and development; formlessness. Matter receives form, and becomes substance.

  8. matter(Verb)

    To be important.

  9. matter(Verb)

    To care about, to mind; to find important.

  10. Origin: From mater, from materie, from materie, from materia (matter, stuff, material), derivative of Latin mater "mother". Displaced native andweorc (from andweorc), intinga.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Matter(noun)

    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

  2. Matter(noun)

    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

  3. Matter(noun)

    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

  4. Matter(noun)

    that which one has to treat, or with which one has to do; concern; affair; business

  5. Matter(noun)

    affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; -- chiefly in the phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like

  6. Matter(noun)

    inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble

  7. Matter(noun)

    amount; quantity; portion; space; -- often indefinite

  8. Matter(noun)

    substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess; pus; purulent substance

  9. Matter(noun)

    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

  10. Matter(noun)

    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

  11. Matter(verb)

    to be of importance; to import; to signify

  12. Matter(verb)

    to form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate

  13. Matter(verb)

    to regard as important; to take account of; to care for

  14. Origin: [OE. matere, F. matire, fr. L. materia; perh. akin to L. mater mother. Cf. Mother, Madeira, Material.]


  1. Matter

    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

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'matter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #581

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'matter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #593

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'matter' in Nouns Frequency: #122

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'matter' in Verbs Frequency: #387

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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
  • matūMāori
  • jirimMalay
  • 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
  • likhatasTagalog
  • معاملہ, باتUrdu
  • vật chất, 物質Vietnamese
  • Chinese
  • indaba, udabaZulu

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