What does substance mean?

Definitions for substance
ˈsʌb stənssub·stance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. substancenoun

    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-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"

  3. meaning, substancenoun

    the idea that is intended

    "What is the meaning of this proverb?"

  4. substancenoun

    material of a particular kind or constitution

    "the immune response recognizes invading substances"

  5. means, substancenoun

    considerable capital (wealth or income)

    "he is a man of means"

  6. message, content, subject matter, substancenoun

    what a communication that is about something is about

  7. substancenoun

    a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties

    "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"

Wiktionary

  1. substancenoun

    Physical matter; material.

  2. substancenoun

    The essential part of anything; the most vital part.

  3. substancenoun

    Considerable wealth or resources.

    A man of substance.

  4. substancenoun

    Drugs

    substance abuse

  5. Etymology: From substance, from substantia, from substans, present active participle of substo, from sub + sto.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Substancenoun

    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. Substancenoun

    the most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport

  3. Substancenoun

    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. Substancenoun

    material possessions; estate; property; resources

  5. Substancenoun

    same as Hypostasis, 2

  6. Substanceverb

    to furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich

  7. Etymology: [F., fr. L. substantia, fr. substare to be under or present, to stand firm; sub under + stare to stand. See Stand.]

Freebase

  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.]

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

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Numerology

  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. Neel Kashkari:

    The Wall Street critics can't argue with me on the substance of too-big-to-fail, so they criticize the messenger, i welcome their criticisms because they are an implicit admission that I am right.

  2. Robert Wallack:

    She was running around without clothes on and then she passed out and it was said she passed out from mixing Ambien with alcohol. Our concerns are whether Ms. Frankel may have some type of substance abuse problems so we would ask the court to order drug testing of Ms. Frankel to find out whether that’s an issue.

  3. Police Christopher Botsch on Saturday:

    The empty corner tear did NOT contain any illegal substance; however, this type of packaging is a common method for holding illegal drugs.

  4. Gustavo Rivera:

    I hear the valid concerns that certain New Yorkers have regarding the increased presence of substance use on our streets and its impact on our communities, that is why it is critical that we move swiftly to open overdose prevention centers, a proven tool in preventing overdose deaths, stopping the spread of disease, providing a safe non-public space for those using drugs and a pathway to recovery.

  5. New York Times:

    Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders promise different approaches from Mr. Obama’s, as much in style as in substance, both have suggested they could get more accomplished, though Mrs. Clinton does so in more oblique terms.

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