Meaning of MATERIAL in English

MATERIAL

transcription, транскрипция: [ mətɪəriəl ]

( materials)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

A material is a solid substance.

...electrons in a conducting material such as a metal.

...the design of new absorbent materials.

N-VAR

2.

Material is cloth.

...the thick material of her skirt...

The materials are soft and comfortable to wear.

N-MASS

3.

Materials are the things that you need for a particular activity.

The builders ran out of materials.

...sewing materials.

N-PLURAL : usu supp N

4.

Ideas or information that are used as a basis for a book, play, or film can be referred to as material .

In my version of the story, I added some new material.

N-UNCOUNT

5.

Material things are related to possessions or money, rather than to more abstract things such as ideas or values.

Every room must have been stuffed with material things.

...the material world.

≠ spiritual

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• ma‧teri‧al‧ly

He has tried to help this child materially and spiritually...

ADV : ADV with v , ADV adj / -ed , ADV with cl

6.

If you say that someone is a particular kind of material , you mean that they have the qualities or abilities to do a particular job or task.

She was not university material...

His message has changed little since he became presidential material.

N-UNCOUNT : supp N

7.

Material evidence or information is directly relevant and important in a legal or academic argument. ( FORMAL )

The nature and availability of material evidence was not to be discussed...

ADJ : ADJ n

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