What does substance mean?

Definitions for substanceˈsʌb stəns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word substance.

Princeton's WordNet

  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"


  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)


    substance abuse

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

Webster Dictionary

  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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Substance

    sub′stans, n. that in which qualities or attributes exist, the existence to which qualities belong: that which constitutes anything what it is: the essential part: body: matter: property: foundation, ground, confidence. [L. substantiasubstāre, to stand under—sub, under, stāre, to stand.]

British National Corpus

  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of substance in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of substance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aesop:

    Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

  2. Bible:

    Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

  3. Ion Bodrug:

    After a preliminary examination we realized we were talking about Uranium-238, an extremely dangerous radioactive substance used to make 'dirty' nuclear bombs.

  4. Les Brown:

    We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.

  5. John Scherbenske of the DEA:

    The chemical companies are altering the compound ever so slightly to avoid our laws here in the United States. Once they alter that chemical, it is no longer a controlled substance.

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