1. [ noun ] the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
Synonyms: stuff

"coal is a hard black material" "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"

Related terms: substance atom paper earth fiber builder mineral rock chemical waste filling floccule adhesive_material homogenate packing_material raw_material conductor radioactive_material discharge foam fluff lubricant abrasive bimetal coloring_material composite_material diamagnet sorbent vernix transparent_substance ammunition dust contaminant insulator HAZMAT plant_material thickening toner undercut elastomer detritus sealing_material animal_material particulate humate impregnation sorbate rind
2. [ noun ] information (data or ideas or observations) that can be reworked into a finished form

"the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography"

Related terms: information copy rehash
3. [ noun ] (clothing) artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
Synonyms: cloth fabric textile
Related terms: artifact canvas silk wool tweed velvet gingham flannel cotton linen velours worsted yoke satin basket_weave oilcloth herringbone cashmere pique poplin gabardine shantung boucle Viyella terry serge cord knit toweling moire grosgrain camlet bunting homespun cotton_flannel calico batik crepe cretonne cambric crinoline damask camel's_hair batiste aba canopy diaper belting dimity doeskin Aertex pina_cloth motley duffel duck net olive_drab elastic cerecloth alpaca etamine faille sharkskin haircloth camo spandex stammel hopsacking horsehair khaki tapa lace lame Leatherette twill linsey-woolsey lint lisle mackinaw denim madras mohair wincey moleskin monk's_cloth moquette challis mousseline_de_sole muslin nankeen pepper-and-salt nylon percale felt organdy organza paisley panting permanent_press piece_of_cloth fiber chambray broadcloth pilot_cloth plush polyester flannelette chenille pongee fleece print marseille foulard chiffon broadcloth baize rayon quilting rep moreen frieze diamonte ninon sackcloth fustian sailcloth sacking sheeting shirting shirttail silesia chintz chino sponge_cloth sateen suede_cloth suiting swan's_down jaconet jacquard taffeta tammy georgette tapestry tartan khaddar scrim ticking screening samite coating seersucker upholstery_material Velcro shag grogram velveteen vicuna drapery voile mackintosh wash-and-wear waterproof web webbing whipcord buckram wire_cloth brocade acrylic hem edging woof warp
4. [ noun ] things needed for doing or making something

"writing materials" "useful teaching materials"

Related terms: equipment roofing railing packaging
5. [ adjective ] concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests

"material possessions" "material wealth" "material comforts"

Related terms: worldly
6. [ adjective ] derived from or composed of matter

"the material universe"

Related terms: immaterial physical physical substantial materiality
7. [ adjective ] concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being

"material needs" "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt

Related terms: physical
8. [ adjective ] directly relevant to a matter especially a law case

"his support made a material difference" "evidence material to the issue at hand" "facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts" "a material witness"

Related terms: immaterial crucial
9. [ adjective ] having material or physical form or substance
Synonyms: corporeal

"that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett

Related terms: incorporeal bodied reincarnate bodily bodied materiality
10. [ noun ] a person judged suitable for admission or employment

"he was university material" "she was vice-presidential material"

Related terms: applicant
11. [ adjective ] having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
Synonyms: real substantial

"the substantial world" "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical" "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare

Related terms: insubstantial substantiality
12. [ noun ] (writing) written works (especially in books or magazines)
Synonyms: matter

"he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"

Related terms: writing text addendum dictation front_matter typescript back_matter recitation text
Similar spelling:   materially