|1.||[ noun ] a vaguely specified concern|
"several matters to attend to" "it is none of your affair" "things are going well"
|2.||[ noun ] some situation or event that is thought about|
|Synonyms:||subject issue topic|
"he kept drifting off the topic" "he had been thinking about the subject for several years" "it is a matter for the police"
|Related terms:||content area res_judicata blind_spot count|
|3.||[ verb ] have weight; have import, carry weight|
"It does not matter much"
|Related terms:||be weigh matter_to topic|
|4.||[ noun ] that which has mass and occupies space|
"an atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter"
|Related terms:||object entity material system food fluid atom solid antigen mixture group molecule fuel poison sediment chemical_element residue substrate ballast grinding culture_medium emanation compound medium protoplasm fluid vegetable_matter sludge refrigerant precipitant foamentation precursor leaven chemical_irritant activator solute ferment inhibitor denaturant drift essence metabolite carcinogen solvate volatile antimatter phlogiston ligand pyrectic ylem element micronutrient allergen philosopher's_stone propellant dark_matter hydrocolloid inoculant humectant jelly lysin medium medium adulterant body_substance assay bedding_material|
|5.||[ noun ] a problem|
"is anything the matter?"
|6.||[ noun ] (used with negation) having consequence|
"they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
|Related terms:||consequence count|
|7.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 13712|
|8.||[ noun ] (writing) written works (especially in books or magazines)|
"he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
|Related terms:||writing text addendum dictation front_matter typescript back_matter recitation text|