1. [ noun ] that which has mass and occupies space
Synonyms: matter

"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
2. [ noun ] the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
Synonyms: center core essence heart sum heart_and_soul meat marrow pith nub gist nitty-gritty inwardness kernel

: "the gist of the prosecutor's argument" "the heart and soul of the Republican Party" "the nub of the story"

Related terms: content stuff hypostasis haecceity bare_bones quintessence summate
3. [ noun ] the idea that is intended
Synonyms: meaning sense

"What is the meaning of this proverb?"

Related terms: idea significance reference connotation undertone tenor reference mean
4. [ noun ] the stuff of which an object consists
Related terms: part
5. [ noun ] (economics) considerable capital (wealth or income)
Synonyms: means

"he is a man of means"

Related terms: capital pocketbook wherewithal
6. [ noun ] what a communication that is about something is about
Synonyms: message content subject_matter
Related terms: communication information subject statement opinion meaning narration proposal direction request wit guidance nonsense promotion respects reminder submission offer disapproval digression statement body refusal shocker treacle sensationalism approval disrespect commitment acknowledgment drivel latent_content memorial insertion corker
Similar spelling:   substantive