1 concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests; "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material comforts"
2 derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe" [ant: immaterial]
3 directly relevant to a matter especially a law case; "his support made a material difference"; "evidence material to the issue at hand"; "facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts"; "a material witness" [ant: immaterial]
4 concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being; "material needs"; "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt
5 having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett [syn: corporeal] [ant: incorporeal]
6 having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare [syn: substantial, real] [ant: insubstantial]
1 the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread" [syn: stuff]
2 information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form; "the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography"
3 things needed for doing or making something; "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials"
4 artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitraqnsparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress" [syn: fabric, cloth, textile]
5 a person judged suitable for admission or employment; "he was university material"; "she was vice-presidential material"
- Having to do with matter.
- This compound has a number of interesting material properties.
- Worldly, as opposed
- Don't let material concerns get in the way of living a good life.
- You've made several material contributions to this project.
- This is the most material fact in this lawsuit.
- You've made several material contributions to this project.
related to matter
- Galician: significativo , significativa
- Spanish: significativo, significativa
- Matter which may be shaped or manipulated, particularly in
- Asphalt, composed of oil and sand, is a widely used material for roads.
- Cloth to be made into a garment.
- You'll need about a yard of material to make this.
- (entertainment) Things written to be performed.
- We were a warm-up act at the time; we didn't have enough original material to headline.
- A person who is qualified for a certain position or activity.
- Joe Manchin is a great governor, and I also believe he is presidential material.
Etymologymaterialis - material, substantial.
Materials are physical substances used as inputs to production or manufacturing. Raw materials are first extracted or harvested from the earth and divided into a form that can be easily transported and stored, then processed to produce semi-finished materials. These can be input into a new cycle of production and finishing processes to create finished materials, ready for distribution and consumption.
An example of a raw material is cotton, which can be processed into thread, which can then be woven into cloth, a semi-finished material. Cutting and sewing the fabric turns it into a garment, which is a finished material. Steelmaking is another example—raw materials are mined, refined and processed into steel, a semi-finished material. Steel is then used as an input in many other industries to make finished products.
material in Catalan: Material
material in Danish: Materiale
material in German: Material
material in Estonian: Materjal
material in Spanish: Material
material in French: Matériau
material in Indonesian: Bahan
material in Icelandic: Efni
material in Italian: Materiale
material in Lithuanian: Medžiaga (apskaita)
material in Dutch: Materiaal
material in Norwegian: Materiale
material in Polish: Materiał
material in Simple English: Material
material in Slovenian: Material
material in Finnish: Materiaali
material in Swedish: Material
material in Thai: วัสดุ
material in Vietnamese: Vật liệu
material in Ukrainian: Матеріал
material in Yiddish: שטאף
material in Chinese: 材料
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