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Definition of Matter


  1. That of which anything is composed; constituent substance; material; the material or substantial part of anything; the constituent elements of conception; that into which a notion may be analyzed; the essence; the pith; the embodiment.
  2. That of which the sensible universe and all existent bodies are composed; anything which has extension, occupies space, or is perceptible by the senses; body; substance.
  3. That with regard to, or about which, anything takes place or is done; the thing aimed at, treated of, or treated; subject of action, discussion, consideration, feeling, complaint, legal action, or the like; theme.
  4. That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do; concern; affair; business.
  5. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; -- chiefly in the phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like.
  6. Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble.
  7. Amount; quantity; portion; space; -- often indefinite.
  8. Substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess; pus; purulent substance.
  9. That which is permanent, or is supposed to be given, and in or upon which changes are effected by psychological or physical processes and relations; -- opposed to form.
  10. Written manuscript, or anything to be set in type; copy; also, type set up and ready to be used, or which has been used, in printing.
  11. To be of importance; to import; to signify.
  12. To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate.
  13. To regard as important; to take account of; to care for.
More "Matter" Quotations

Matter Translations

matter in Afrikaans is saak, ding
matter in Danish is anliggende, stof
matter in Dutch is aangelegenheid, ding, affaire, zaak
matter in Finnish is asia
matter in German is Sache, Grund, Angelegenheit, Material, Gegenstand
matter in Italian is stoffa, materia, materiale
matter in Latin is materia, res rei
matter in Norwegian is anliggende
matter in Spanish is materia