What does material mean?

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

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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.

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

  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.

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

  3. materialnoun

    A sample or specimens for study.

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

  4. materialnoun

    Cloth to be made into a garment.

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

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

  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.

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

  6. materialadjective

    Having to do with matter.

    This compound has a number of interesting material properties.

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

  7. materialadjective

    Worldly, as opposed to spiritual.

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

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

  8. materialadjective


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

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. Mike Fasulo:

    Every piece of material and component has been crafted to realize the ultimate Hi-Res Audio experience on the move.

  2. Lassina Zerbo:

    We've developed a system in a way that our detection capability ... can detect low-yield material, a low-yield explosion, better than what was anticipated when the treaty was negotiated.

  3. John Cornyn:

    Senate GOP leadership's really not material, the articles of impeachment are like an indictment in a criminal case, so that would be the issue before Senate GOP. As much as there might be a temptation to bring in other matters, I think it would be a disservice to the President's own defense to get bogged down in things that really aren't before Senate GOP.

  4. Carl Jung:

    An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

  5. Alien Life -RSB- Raymond:

    It was a very minimal media, if something's growing on there, you know it's able to fix carbon and nitrogen out of the atmosphere, or using one of the specifically chosen carbon and nitrogen compounds we add to the media. Either way, these organisms are very efficient recyclers of organic material.

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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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irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn
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