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English adjective: material

1. material concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests

SamplesMaterial possessions.
Material wealth.
Material comforts.

Similarsecular, temporal, worldly


2. material derived from or composed of matter

SamplesThe material universe.

Similarphysical, physical

See alsomaterial, real, substantial

Attributecorporality, corporeality, materiality, physicalness

Antonymsnonmaterial, immaterial

3. material directly relevant to a matter especially a law case

SamplesHis 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.



4. material concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being

SamplesMaterial needs.
The moral and material welfare of all good citizens.



5. material having material or physical form or substance

SamplesThat which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible.


Similarbodied, bodily, corporal, corporate, embodied, incarnate, reincarnate

See alsobodied

Attributecorporality, corporeality, materiality, physicalness

Antonymsincorporeal, immaterial

6. material having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

SamplesThe substantial world.
A mere dream, neither substantial nor practical.
Most ponderous and substantial things.

Synonymsreal, substantial

See alsomaterial

Attributesolidness, substantiality, substantialness

Antonymsinsubstantial, unsubstantial, unreal

English noun: material

1. material (substance) the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

SamplesCoal is a hard black material.
Wheat is the stuff they use to make bread.


Broader (hypernym)substance

Narrower (hyponym)abradant, abrasive, abrasive material, adhesive, adhesive agent, adhesive material, aggregate, ammunition, animal material, atom, ballast, bedding, bedding material, bimetal, builder, chemical, chemical substance, color, coloring material, colour, colouring material, composite material, conductor, contaminant, contamination, corpuscle, detergent builder, detritus, diamagnet, dielectric, discharge, dust, earth, elastomer, emission, fiber, fibre, fill, filling, floc, floccule, fluff, foam, ground, HAZMAT, homogenate, humate, impregnation, insulator, litter, mineral, molecule, mote, nonconductor, packing, packing material, paper, particle, particulate, particulate matter, plant material, plant substance, precursor, radioactive material, raw material, rind, rock, sealing material, sorbate, sorbent, sorbent material, speck, staple, stone, thickener, thickening, toner, translucent substance, transparent substance, undercut, vernix, vernix caseosa, wad, wadding, waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product

2. material (communication) information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form

SamplesThe archives provided rich material for a definitive biography.

Broader (hypernym)info, information

Narrower (hyponym)copy, rehash

3. material (artifact) artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

SamplesThe fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent.
Woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC.
She measured off enough material for a dress.

Synonymscloth, fabric, textile

Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact

Narrower (hyponym)aba, acrylic, Aertex, alpaca, bagging, baize, basket weave, batik, batiste, belting, bombazine, boucle, broadcloth, broadcloth, brocade, buckram, bunting, calico, cambric, camel's hair, camelhair, camlet, camo, camouflage, canopy, Canton flannel, canvas, canvass, cashmere, cerecloth, challis, chambray, chenille, chiffon, chino, chintz, coating, cobweb, cord, corduroy, cotton, cotton flannel, crape, crepe, cretonne, crinoline, damask, denim, diamante, diaper, dimity, doeskin, drapery, duck, duffel, duffle, dungaree, durable press, elastic, etamin, etamine, faille, felt, fiber, fibre, flannel, flannelette, fleece, foulard, frieze, fustian, gabardine, georgette, gingham, grogram, grosgrain, hair, haircloth, herringbone, homespun, hopsack, hopsacking, horsehair, imitation leather, jaconet, jacquard, jean, khaddar, khadi, khaki, knit, lace, lame, leatherette, linen, linsey-woolsey, lint, lisle, macintosh, mackinaw, mackintosh, madras, marseille, mesh, meshing, meshwork, metallic, mohair, moire, moleskin, monk's cloth, moquette, moreen, motley, mousseline de sole, muslin, nankeen, net, network, ninon, nylon, oilcloth, olive drab, organza, paisley, panting, pepper-and-salt, percale, permanent press, piece of cloth, piece of material, pilot cloth, pina cloth, pinstripe, pique, plaid, plush, polyester, pongee, poplin, print, quilting, rayon, rep, repp, sackcloth, sacking, sailcloth, samite, sateen, satin, satinet, satinette, screening, scrim, seersucker, serge, shag, shantung, sharkskin, sheeting, shirting, shirttail, silesia, silk, spandex, sponge cloth, stammel, suede, suede cloth, suiting, swan's down, taffeta, tammy, tapa, tapestry, tapis, tappa, tartan, terry, terry cloth, terrycloth, ticking, toweling, towelling, trousering, tweed, twill, upholstery material, Velcro, velour, velours, velvet, velveteen, vicuna, Viyella, voile, vulcanized fiber, wash-and-wear, watered-silk, waterproof, web, webbing, whipcord, wincey, wire cloth, wool, woolen, woollen, worsted, yoke

Part holonymedging, hem

Substance holonymfilling, pick, warp, weft, woof

4. material (artifact) things needed for doing or making something

SamplesWriting materials.
Useful teaching materials.

Broader (hypernym)equipment

Narrower (hyponym)packaging, railing, roofing

5. material (person) a person judged suitable for admission or employment

SamplesHe was university material.
She was vice-presidential material.

Broader (hypernym)applicant, applier

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