Definition of Matter

1. Noun. A vaguely specified concern. "Things are going well"

Exact synonyms: Affair, Thing
Generic synonyms: Concern
Specialized synonyms: Least

2. Verb. Have weight; have import, carry weight. "It does not matter much"
Exact synonyms: Count, Weigh
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Press, Weigh
Also: Matter To

3. Noun. Some situation or event that is thought about. "It is a matter for the police"
Exact synonyms: Issue, Subject, Topic
Generic synonyms: Cognitive Content, Content, Mental Object
Specialized synonyms: Area, Blind Spot, Remit, Res Adjudicata, Res Judicata
Derivative terms: Topical

4. Noun. That which has mass and occupies space. "Physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it"

5. Noun. A problem. "Is anything the matter?"
Generic synonyms: Problem, Trouble

6. Noun. (used with negation) having consequence. "They were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
Generic synonyms: Consequence, Import, Moment

7. Noun. Written works (especially in books or magazines). "He always took some reading matter with him on the plane"

Definition of Matter

1. n. That of which anything is composed; constituent substance; material; the material or substantial part of anything; the constituent elements of conception; that into which a notion may be analyzed; the essence; the pith; the embodiment.

2. v. i. To be of importance; to import; to signify.

3. v. t. To regard as important; to take account of; to care for.

Definition of Matter

1. Noun. (physics) The basic structural component of the universe. Matter usually has mass and volume. ¹

2. Noun. (physics) Matter made up of normal particles, not antiparticles. (Non-antimatter matter). ¹

3. Noun. A kind of substance. ¹

4. Noun. A condition, subject or affair, especially one of concern. ¹

5. Noun. An approximate amount or extent. ¹

6. Noun. Written material (especially in books or magazines) ¹

7. Noun. (philosophy) Aristotelian: undeveloped potentiality subject to change and development; formlessness. ''Matter'' receives (term form), and becomes (term substance). ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To be important. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive obsolete except dialectal) To care about, to mind; to find important. ¹

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Definition of Matter

1. to be of importance [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Matter

1. The material of the universe. (09 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Matter

matte up
matter (current term)
matter of course
matter of fact
matter of law
matter of record
matter of time
matter to

Literary usage of Matter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education by John Dewey (1916)
"The Unity of Subject matter and Method. — The trinity of school topics is subject matter, methods, and administration or government. ..."

2. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"all to be matter ', and so deny a God, that is, an eternal BOOK Iv. ... For, if there can be, in their opinion, eternal matter, without any eternal ..."

3. Practical Electricity by Terrell Croft (1917)
"Substances are different kinds of matter. Anything which has weight and dimensions ... In general, the existence of matter may be detected by the senses—by ..."

4. Elementary Treatise on Physics, Experimental and Applied, for the Use of by Adolphe Ganot (1893)
"matter.—That which possesses the properties whose existence is revealed to us by our senses, we call matter or substance. All substances at present known to ..."

5. A Text-book of Physics: Including a Collection of Examples and Questions by William Watson (1920)
"It will probably be allowed at once that every form of matter, ie a stone, a drop of water, the air, &c., has objective existence ; the most powerful ..."

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