What does substrate mean?

Definitions for substrateˈsʌb streɪt

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. substrate(noun)

    the substance that is acted upon by an enzyme or ferment

  2. substrate, substratum(noun)

    a surface on which an organism grows or is attached

    "the gardener talked about the proper substrate for acid-loving plants"

  3. substrate, substratum(noun)

    any stratum or layer lying underneath another

  4. substrate, substratum(noun)

    an indigenous language that contributes features to the language of an invading people who impose their language on the indigenous population

    "the Celtic languages of Britain are a substrate for English"


  1. substrate(Noun)

    What an enzyme acts upon.

  2. substrate(Noun)

    A surface on which an organism grows or to which it is attached.

    The rock surface of a rockpool is the substrate for a sessile organism such as a limpet.

  3. substrate(Noun)

    An underlying layer; a substratum.

  4. substrate(Noun)

    A language that is replaced in a population by another language and that influences the language imposed on its speakers.

  5. substrate(Noun)

    A metal which is plated with another metal which has different physical properties.

  6. substrate(Noun)

    A surface to which a substance adheres.

  7. substrate(Noun)

    The substance lining the bottom edge of an enclosure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Substrate(noun)

    a substratum

  2. Substrate(adj)

    having very slight furrows

  3. Substrate(verb)

    to strew or lay under anything

  4. Origin: [L. substratus, p. p. of substrahere. See Substratum.]


  1. Substrate

    In chemistry, a substrate is the chemical species being observed, which reacts with a reagent. This term is highly context-dependent. In particular, in biochemistry, an enzyme substrate is the material upon which an enzyme acts.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of substrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of substrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Clarke:

    When you apply a voltage to them relative to some background there is an attractive force between the nanowires and the substrate that deforms the elastomer, elastomer rubber is very soft and so the surface becomes rough, and it is that roughness that scatters light.

  2. Andreas Essig:

    Horse dung is a very rich substrate that harbours a diversity of micro-organisms, including fungi and bacteria, now these micro-organisms are in a constant competition for nutrients and space and it's therefore very likely to find potent antibiotics in such an environment, which are used by the different organisms to inhibit the growth of the competitors.

  3. John Olson:

    It's a three step process, in which we in step one take any conventional two dimensional image and convert it to 3D data. Once that data has been converted, we send it to a machine that sculpts the data out of a block of substrate. It gives that image length, width, depth and texture. And once that's been sculpted it goes through a printing process where we lay the image back down on top of the relief in perfect registration. So what you end up with is a three dimensional print that has length, width, depth and texture.

Images & Illustrations of substrate

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