Definitions for substanceˈsʌb stəns

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. substance(noun)

    the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists

    "DNA is the substance of our genes"

  2. kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty(noun)

    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"

  3. meaning, substance(noun)

    the idea that is intended

    "What is the meaning of this proverb?"

  4. substance(noun)

    material of a particular kind or constitution

    "the immune response recognizes invading substances"

  5. means, substance(noun)

    considerable capital (wealth or income)

    "he is a man of means"

  6. message, content, subject matter, substance(noun)

    what a communication that is about something is about

  7. substance(noun)

    a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties

    "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. substance(Noun)

    Physical matter; material.

  2. substance(Noun)

    The essential part of anything; the most vital part.

  3. substance(Noun)

    Considerable wealth or resources.

    A man of substance.

  4. substance(Noun)

    Drugs

    substance abuse

  5. Origin: From substance, from substantia, from substans, present active participle of substo, from sub + sto.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Substance(noun)

    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

  2. Substance(noun)

    the most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport

  3. Substance(noun)

    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 substance

  4. Substance(noun)

    material possessions; estate; property; resources

  5. Substance(noun)

    same as Hypostasis, 2

  6. Substance(verb)

    to furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich

  7. Origin: [F., fr. L. substantia, fr. substare to be under or present, to stand firm; sub under + stare to stand. See Stand.]

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  1. Substance

    Substance is a 1987 compilation album by New Order, consisting of all of the band's singles at that point in their 12-inch versions, together with their respective B-side tracks. The then newly-released non-album single "True Faith" is also featured, along with its B-side "1963". The collection was released on vinyl, double CD, double cassette and Digital Audio Tape.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'substance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4155

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'substance' in Nouns Frequency: #1238


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