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  Definition of Material
  1. 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"
  2. things needed for doing or making something; "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials"
  3. 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"
  4. a person judged suitable for admission or employment; "he was university material"; "she was vice-presidential material"
  5. 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"
  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
  7. derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe"
  8. having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett
  9. 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"
  10. 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
  11. concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests; "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material comforts"
Similar Words: fabric, cloth, textile, stuff, substantial, real, corporeal


See Also: substantial, real, bodied


Hyponyms: aba, aba cloth, acrylic, Aertex, alpaca, baize, basket weave, batik, batiste, belting, boucle, broadcloth, brocade, buckram, bunting, calico, cambric, camel's hair, camelhair, camlet, camouflage, camo, canopy, canvas, canvass, cashmere, cerecloth, challis, chambray, chenille, chiffon, chino, chino cloth, chintz, coating, cord, corduroy, cotton, cotton cloth, cotton flannel, Canton flannel, crepe, crape, cretonne, crinoline, damask, denim, dungaree, jean, diamonte, diaper, dimity, doeskin, drapery, duck, duffel, duffle, elastic, etamine, etamin, faille, felt, fiber, fibre, vulcanized fiber, flannel, flannelette, fleece, foulard, frieze, fustian, gabardine, georgette, gingham, grogram, grosgrain, haircloth, hair, herringbone, homespun, homespun fabric, hopsacking, hopsack, horsehair, jaconet, jacquard, khadi, khaddar, khaki, knit, knitted fabric, lace, lame, leatherette, imitation leather, linen, linsey-woolsey, lint, lisle, mackinaw, mackintosh, macintosh, madras, marseille, mohair, moire, watered-silk, moleskin, monk's cloth, moquette, moreen, motley, mousseline de sole, muslin, nankeen, net, network, mesh, meshing, meshwork, ninon, nylon, oilcloth, olive drab, organza, paisley, panting, trousering, pepper-and-salt, percale, permanent press, permanent-press fabric, durable press, durable-press fabric, piece of cloth, piece of material, pilot cloth, pique, plush, polyester, pongee, poplin, print, quilting, rayon, rep, repp, sackcloth, sacking, bagging, sailcloth, samite, sateen, satin, screening, scrim, seersucker, serge, shantung, sharkskin, sheeting, shirting, shirttail, silesia, silk, spandex, sponge cloth, stammel, suede cloth, suede, suiting, swan's down, taffeta, tammy, tapa, tappa, tapestry, tapis, tartan, plaid, terry, terry cloth, terrycloth, ticking, toweling, towelling, tweed, twill, upholstery material, Velcro, velours, velour, velvet, velveteen, vicuna, Viyella, voile, wash-and-wear, wash-and-wear fabric, waterproof, web, webbing, whipcord, wincey, wire cloth, wool, woolen, woollen, worsted, yoke, pina cloth, packaging, railing, roofing, rehash, copy, rind, atom, molecule, particle, corpuscle, mote, speck, ammunition, floccule, floc, HAZMAT, raw material, staple, sorbate, sorbent, sorbent material, diamagnet, mineral, rock, stone, adhesive material, adhesive, sealing material, animal material, fluff, bimetal, abrasive, abradant, abrasive material, chemical, composite material, conductor, insulator, dielectric, nonconductor, contaminant, contamination, particulate, particulate matter, dust, elastomer, earth, ground, discharge, emission, detritus, waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product, filling, fill, foam, lubricant, lubricator, lubricating substance, homogenate, humate, impregnation, paper, packing material, packing, wadding, coloring material, colouring material, color, colour, plant material, radioactive material, thickening, thickener, toner, transparent substance, translucent substance, undercut, builder, detergent builder, vernix, vernix caseosa


Attributes: substantiality, substantialness, materiality, physicalness, corporeality


Anagrams: remittal, materiel, Lemaitre


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