Meaning of MATERIAL in English

— materialness , n.

/meuh tear"ee euhl/ , n.

1. the substance or substances of which a thing is made or composed: Stone is a durable material.

2. anything that serves as crude or raw matter to be used or developed: Wood pulp is the raw material from which paper is made.

3. any constituent element.

4. a textile fabric: material for a dress.

5. a group of ideas, facts, data, etc., that may provide the basis for or be incorporated into some integrated work: to gather material for a history of North Carolina; to write material for a comedy show.

6. materials , the articles or apparatus needed to make or do something: writing materials.

7. a person considered as having qualities suited to a particular sphere of activity: The boy's teachers did not think he was college material.


8. formed or consisting of matter; physical; corporeal: the material world.

9. relating to, concerned with, or involving matter: material forces.

10. pertaining to the physical rather than the spiritual or intellectual aspect of things: material comforts.

11. pertaining to or characterized by an undue interest in corporeal things; unspiritual.

12. of substantial import; of much consequence; important: Your support will make a material difference in the success of our program.

13. pertinent or essential (usually fol. by to ): a question not material to the subject at hand.

14. Law. likely to influence the determination of a case: material evidence.

15. Philos. of or pertaining to matter as distinguished from form.

[ 1300-50; ME materialis of, belonging to matter. See MATTER, -AL 1 ]

Syn. 1. See matter. 12. essential, vital.

Ant. 8. incorporeal. 12. unimportant.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .