What does substance mean?

Definitions for substance
ˈsʌb stənssub·stance

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word substance.

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.

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

  2. substancenoun

    The essential part of anything; the most vital part.

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

  3. substancenoun

    Considerable wealth or resources.

    A man of substance.

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

  4. substancenoun

    Drugs

    substance abuse

    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

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

  2. Substancenoun

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

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

  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

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

  4. Substancenoun

    material possessions; estate; property; resources

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

  5. Substancenoun

    same as Hypostasis, 2

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

  6. Substanceverb

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

    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. Nadine Kaslow:

    Even if there’s some clustering effect, I don’t think you do it just to do it, the people who [commit suicide] are struggling in their own way whether its depression, substance abuse or anxiety, or difficulty dealing with the stress of whatever’s going on in their life, loss or abuse or whatever. I think that the presence of a suicide in a community is only one of the risk factors.

  2. Ion Bodrug:

    After a preliminary examination we realized we were talking about Uranium-238, an extremely dangerous radioactive substance used to make 'dirty' nuclear bombs.

  3. Chris Cox:

    Some sort of blood-like substance was sprayed all over our front steps.

  4. Jeff Powell:

    I look at it as purely a sentiment-driven market. There's no new news that's any kind of substance that's driving this.

  5. Charles Herring:

    Herring Networks , Inc. is getting really hard to find just the reliable, credible, fact-based news with substance, the second component is to provide a platform where more voices can be heard, voices that are ignored, libertarian and conservative voices.

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