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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Materialsnoun

    this word is scarcely used in the singular; The substance of which any thing is made.

    Etymology: materiaux, French.

    The West-Indians, and many nations of the Africans, finding means and materials, have been taught, by their own necessities, to pass rivers in a boat of one tree. Walter Raleigh.

    Intending an accurate enumeration of medical materials, the omission hereof affords some probability it was not used by the ancients. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Errours, b. i.

    David, who made such rich provision of materials for the building of the temple, because he had dipt his hands in blood, was not permitted to lay a stone in that sacred pile. South.

    That lamp in one of the heathen temples the art of man might make of some such material as the stone asbestus, which being once enkindled will burn without being consumed. John Wilkins.

    The materials of that building very fortunately ranged themselves into that delicate order, that it must be a very great chance that parts them. John Tillotson.

    Simple ideas, the materials of all our knowlege, are suggested to the mind only by sensation and reflection. John Locke.

    Such a fool was never found,
    Who pull’d a palace to the ground,
    Only to have the ruins made
    Materials for an house decay’d. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.


  1. materials

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. materials

    Plural of material.

    The pink material is sold online along with a variety of other color materials.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 22, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'materials' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1499

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'materials' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3339

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of materials in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of materials in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of materials in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Nachmanovitch:

    Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form.

  2. Dana Oliver:

    I upgraded my preschool-aged son’s body care earlier this year with the Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade-founded brand, i love that the collection uses recycled materials from post-consumer containers. And because I’m someone who cares just as much as what we put in our bodies as on our bodies, the ingredients are just as good for us as they are for the planet. Our cold-weather favorite is the all-over balm because it keeps dry, patchy skin at bay and gives my son an incredible glow!

  3. Michael Dee:

    It is thought that The Vikings ventured west to find new raw materials, most notably wood, by traveling between the continents for such materials, The Vikings has been described as the first step in globalization.

  4. Rigoberto Leon:

    Here, there's no money to invest in materials, in what's needed, if there were more opportunities for work here, there would be no need to go to the United States.

  5. Colonel Steve Warren:

    Over the last few years, the United States military has increased the pre-positioning of equipment for training and exercises with our NATO allies and partners, the U.S. military continues to review the best location to store these materials in consultation with our allies.

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