What does Substance mean?

Definitions for Substance
ˈsʌb stənsSub·stance

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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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. substance

    A type of energy or material.

    The foods all have real substance.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 24, 2020  

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

How to pronounce Substance?

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  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

Examples of Substance in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    He is doing so poorly in the polls that he is now starting to spend some of the money that his 'bosses' -- special interests and lobbyists -- have given him to attack me, the last thing this country needs is a low-energy president without any substance or any ideas on how to Make America Great Again.

  2. Philip Wolfson:

    It's a substance that supports deep, meaningful and rapidly effective psychotherapy.

  3. Mike Robinson:

    I think in the majority of cases when we have a problem with a substance, whether it's a food or drug...we will ignore it.

  4. Alden Meyer:

    I don't see these attacks having any substantial bearing on the substance of the negotiations, as opposed to Copenhagen, for example, where the 2008-2009 global economic crisis did raise doubts about the costs associated with climate action.

  5. David Corn:

    He covered a protest, it might be a minor point, but the war was over. If Mr. O’Reilly wanted to make that case, he certainly could have. I would have gladly put it in the story. Instead of responding to the substance, he’s out there just calling names.

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