Definitions for Substance
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Substance.
the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
"DNA is the substance of our genes"
kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-grittynoun
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"
the idea that is intended
"What is the meaning of this proverb?"
material of a particular kind or constitution
"the immune response recognizes invading substances"
considerable capital (wealth or income)
"he is a man of means"
message, content, subject matter, substancenoun
what a communication that is about something is about
a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties
"shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"
Physical matter; material.
The essential part of anything; the most vital part.
Considerable wealth or resources.
A man of substance.
Etymology: From substance, from substantia, from substans, present active participle of substo, from sub + sto.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: substance, Fr, substantia, Latin.
Since then the soul works by herself alone,
Springs not from sense, nor humours well agreeing,
Her nature is peculiar, and her own;
She is a substance, and a perfect being. Davies.
The strength of gods,
And this empyreal substance cannot fail. John Milton.
What creatures there inhabit, of what mold,
And substance. John Milton.
Every being is considered as subsisting in and by itself, and then it is called a substance; or it subsists in and by another, and then it is called a mode or manner of being. Isaac Watts.
It will serve our turn to comprehend the substance, without confining ourselves to scrupulous exactness in form. Digby.
This edition is the same in substance with the Latin. Burn.
They are the best epitomes, and let you see with one cast of the eye the substance of a hundred pages. Addison.
Shadows to night
Have struck more terror to the soul of Richard,
Than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers
Arm’d in proof and led by shallow Richard. William Shakespeare.
He the future evil shall no less
In apprehension than in substance feel. John Milton.
Heroick virtue did his actions guide,
And he the substance, not th’ appearance chose:
To rescue one such friend he took more pride,
Than to destroy whole thousands of such foes. Dryden.
Between the parts of opake and coloured bodies are many spaces, either empty or replenished with mediums of other densities; as water between the tinging corpuscles wherewith any liquor is impregnated, air between the aqueous globules that constitute clouds or mists, and for the most part spaces void of both air and water; but yet perhaps not wholly void of all substance between the parts of hard bodies. Newton.
The qualities of plants are more various than those of animal substances. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.
He hath eaten me out of house and home, and hath put all my substance into that fat belly of his, but I will have some of it out again. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.
We are destroying many thousand lives, and exhausting our substance, but not for our own interest. Jonathan Swift.
A substance refers to a form of matter that has a specific and distinct composition and properties. It can exist in various states such as solid, liquid, or gas, and can be either naturally occurring or artificially created. Substances can be classified into elements, compounds, or mixtures based on their composition and the way their atoms or molecules are arranged.
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
the most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport
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
material possessions; estate; property; resources
same as Hypostasis, 2
to furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich
Etymology: [F., fr. L. substantia, fr. substare to be under or present, to stand firm; sub under + stare to stand. See Stand.]
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
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. substantia—substāre, to stand under—sub, under, stāre, to stand.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'Substance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4155
Rank popularity for the word 'Substance' in Nouns Frequency: #1238
The numerical value of Substance in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Substance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
High office teaches decision making, not substance. It consumes intellectual capital it does not create it. Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered they learn how to make decisions but not what decisions to make.
What is a country without rabbits and partridges They are among the most simple and indigenous animal products ancient and venerable familes known to antiquity as to modern times of the very hue and substance of Nature, nearest allied to leaves and to the ground.
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.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
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Translations for Substance
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- substànciaCatalan, Valencian
- hovedindhold, masse, formue, substansDanish
- Stoff, SubstanzGerman
- περιουσία, ουσία, ουσίεςGreek
- materia, vara, substanssi, ydin, aineFinnish
- substance, biensFrench
- susbaintScottish Gaelic
- חומר, תוכןHebrew
- szer, lényeg, vagyon, anyag, tartalomHungarian
- 本質, 骨子, 物質, 実体Japanese
- narkotika, stoff, substansNorwegian
- formue, masse, narkotika, substansNorwegian
- majątek, narkotyk, substancja, istotaPolish
- riqueza, substânciaPortuguese
- narcotic, substanță, droguri, drogRomanian
- материя, сущность, вещество, субстанция, весRussian
- ämne, resurs, substansSwedish
- vật chấtVietnamese
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