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Definition of Material


  1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies.
  2. 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. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important.
  4. Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter.
  5. The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made.
  6. To form from matter; to materialize.

Material Quotations

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. 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.
Carl Jung

Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible - it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
Barbara de Angelis

Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.
Elsa Schiaparelli

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.
Billy Graham

I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one's life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important.
David Rockefeller
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Material Translations

material in Afrikaans is materieel
material in Dutch is stoffelijk, materieel
material in Finnish is kangas
material in German is Werkstoff, Material, Material
material in Italian is stoffa, materiale, materia, stoffa
material in Latin is materia
material in Spanish is pa o, material
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