1. [ noun ] a vaguely specified concern
Synonyms: thing affair

"several matters to attend to" "it is none of your affair" "things are going well"

Related terms: concern
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
Synonyms: count weigh

"It does not matter much"

Related terms: be weigh matter_to topic
4. [ noun ] that which has mass and occupies space
Synonyms: substance

"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?"

Related terms: trouble
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)
Synonyms: material

"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:   Mattera