What does material mean?

Definitions for material
məˈtɪər i əlma·te·ri·al

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word material.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. material, stuffnoun

    the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

    "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"

  2. materialnoun

    information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form

    "the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography"

  3. fabric, cloth, material, textilenoun

    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

    "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"

  4. materialnoun

    things needed for doing or making something

    "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials"

  5. materialadjective

    a person judged suitable for admission or employment

    "he was university material"; "she was vice-presidential material"

  6. materialadjective

    concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests

    "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material comforts"

  7. materialadjective

    derived from or composed of matter

    "the material universe"

  8. materialadjective

    directly relevant to a matter especially a law case

    "his support made a material difference"; "evidence material to the issue at hand"; "facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts"; "a material witness"

  9. materialadjective

    concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being

    "material needs"; "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt

  10. corporeal, materialadjective

    having material or physical form or substance

    "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett

  11. substantial, real, materialadjective

    having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

    "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare


  1. materialnoun

    Matter which may be shaped or manipulated, particularly in making something.

    Asphalt, composed of oil and sand, is a widely used material for roads.

  2. materialnoun

    Text written for a specific purpose.

    We were a warm-up act at the time; we didn't have enough original material to headline.

  3. materialnoun

    A sample or specimens for study.

  4. materialnoun

    Cloth to be made into a garment.

    You'll need about a yard of material to make this.

  5. materialnoun

    A person who is qualified for a certain position or activity.

    Joe Manchin is a great governor, and I also believe he is presidential material.

  6. materialadjective

    Having to do with matter.

    This compound has a number of interesting material properties.

  7. materialadjective

    Worldly, as opposed to spiritual.

    Don't let material concerns get in the way of living a good life.

  8. materialadjective


  9. Etymology: From material, from materialis, from materia "wood, material, substance" from mater "mother". Displaced native andweorc (from andweorc).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MATERIALadjective

    Etymology: materiel, French; materialis, Latin.

    When we judge, our minds we mirrors make,
    And as those glasses which material be,
    Forms of material things do only take,
    For thoughts or minds in them we cannot see. Davies.

    That these trees of life and knowlege were material trees, though figures of the law and the gospel, it is not doubted by the most religious and learned writers. Walter Raleigh.

    We must propose unto all men certain petitions incident, and very material in causes of this nature. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Hold them for catholicks or hereticks, it is not a thing either one way or another, in this present question, material. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    What part of the world soever we fall into, the ordinary use of this very prayer hath, with equal continuance, accompanied the same, as one of the principal and most material duties of honour done to Christ. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    It may discover some secret meaning and intent therein, very material to the state of that government. Edmund Spenser.

    The question is not, whether you allow or disallow that book, neither is it material. John Whitgift.

    He would not stay at your petitions made;
    His business more material. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Neither is this a question of words, but infinitely material in nature. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 98.

    I pass the rest, whose ev’ry race and name,
    And kinds are less material to my theme. John Dryden, Virg.

    As for the more material faults of writing, though I see many of them, I want leisure to amend them. Dryden.

    I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down only such as are most material to our present purpose. John Locke.

    In this material point, the constitution of the English government far exceeds all others. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Material

    Material is a substance or mixture of substances that constitutes an object. Materials can be pure or impure, living or non-living matter. Materials can be classified on the basis of their physical and chemical properties, or on their geological origin or biological function. Materials science is the study of materials, their properties and their applications. Raw materials can be processed in different ways to influence their properties, by purification, shaping or the introduction of other materials. New materials can be produced from raw materials by synthesis. In industry, materials are inputs to manufacturing processes to produce products or more complex materials.


  1. material

    Material refers to any substance or matter that can be used to create, construct, or form objects or structures. It can be in the form of solid, liquid, or gas, and can possess various physical and chemical properties. Examples of materials include metals, plastics, wood, glass, fabric, and concrete. Materials are typically used for their specific characteristics and capabilities to meet the desired functionality, durability, strength, aesthetics, and other requirements in various industries and applications.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Materialadjective

    consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies

  2. Materialadjective

    hence: Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of man, as distinguished from the mental or moral nature; relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts

  3. Materialadjective

    of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important

  4. Materialadjective

    pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter

  5. Materialnoun

    the substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made

  6. Materialverb

    to form from matter; to materialize


  1. Material

    Material is anything made of matter, constituted of one or more substances. Wood, cement, hydrogen, air, water and any other matter are all examples of materials. Sometimes the term "material" is used more narrowly to refer to substances or components with certain physical properties that are used as inputs to production or manufacturing. In this sense, materials are the parts required to make something else, from buildings and art to airplanes and computers. Material is also used to refer to a group of ideas, facts, information or data, that may provide the basis for or are part of some piece of work.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Material

    ma-tē′ri-al, adj. consisting of matter: corporeal, not spiritual: substantial: essential: important, esp. of legal importance: (phil.) pertaining to matter and not to form, relating to the object as it exists.—n., esp. in pl., that out of which anything is to be made.—n. Materialisā′tion.—v.t. Matē′rialīse, to render material: to reduce to or regard as matter: to occupy with material interests.—ns. Matē′rialism, the doctrine that denies the independent existence of spirit, and maintains that there is but one substance—viz. matter—thus professing to find in matter (monistic or philosophical materialism), or in material entities (atomistic materialism), or in material qualities and forces (scientific or physical materialism), a complete explanation of all life and existence whatsoever; Matē′rialist, one who holds the doctrine of materialism: one absorbed in material interests, who takes a low view of life and its responsibilities.—adjs. Materialist′ic, -al, pertaining to materialism.—adv. Matē′rially.—ns. Matē′rialness, Material′ity.—Material being, existence in the form of matter; Material cause, that which gives being to the thing; Material distinction, a distinction between individuals of the same species; Material evidence, evidence tending to prove or to disprove the matter under judgment; Material fallacy, a fallacy in the matter or thought, rather than in the logical form; Material form, a form depending on matter; Material issue (see Issue).—Raw material, stuff as yet unworked into anything useful. [Fr.,—L. materialismateria.]

Editors Contribution

  1. material

    A type of matter.

    Materials are formed from energy,information, light and frequency.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'material' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #737

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'material' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1528

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'material' in Nouns Frequency: #185

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of material in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of material in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of material in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Stoltmann:

    These actions by the CBOE are likely to get the SEC off its back without causing any real pain or material changes.

  2. H. E. Martz:

    He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination--and taxes.

  3. Valentin Balakhnichev:

    The federation believe the documentary was a provocation aimed at discrediting Russian sport, after watching the documentary we immediately began to doubt how authentic and believable the material they edited was. We see this film ... as a planned attempt to create an ugly scandal within Russian athletics and Russian sport in general.

  4. Morales Vargas:

    I haven't lost nothing. This is all material. I got my life.

  5. Vipin Narang:

    Both secret and That Yongbyon facilities can continue operating and expand the fissile material stockpile, we have no way to stop this or verify any pledges to freeze.

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  • مادةArabic
  • матэрыялBelarusian
  • материалBulgarian
  • materialCatalan, Valencian
  • materiálový, materiální, hmotný, materiálCzech
  • materiale, materiel, stofDanish
  • Material, materiell, Stoff, RohstoffGerman
  • υλικός, ύφασμα, καίριος, ουσιώδης, υλικόGreek
  • ŝtofo, materialoEsperanto
  • significativo, materialSpanish
  • مطلب, مادیPersian
  • merkittävä, materiaali, aineisto, raaka-aine, olennainenFinnish
  • matériau, matière, tissu, matériel, étoffeFrench
  • mianachIrish
  • adhbharScottish Gaelic
  • significativa, significativo, materialGalician
  • חומרHebrew
  • anyag, materiális, anyagiHungarian
  • materialeItalian
  • 題材, 人材, 資料, 生地, 物質, 素材, 布, 材料Japanese
  • 材料, 물질, 재료, 物質Korean
  • corporeus, verba scriptoris, materiaLatin
  • wereldlijk, grondstof, materiële, materiaal, wereldlijke, materieel, naaigoedDutch
  • stoff, materiell, materiale, tøyNorwegian
  • materiał, materialnyPolish
  • material, tecido, significativo, terreno, panoPortuguese
  • material, materială, stofă, pânză, materie, material textilRomanian
  • материал, важный, материальный, вещество, материя, тканьRussian
  • materijal, материјалSerbo-Croatian
  • material, materia, materiell, världsligSwedish
  • матеріалUkrainian
  • 物質, vật chấtVietnamese
  • stöfikVolapük

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    any reserch paper on meterial
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