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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


Antonymsunworldly

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.


Similarcrucial


Antonymsimmaterial

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.


Similarphysical


Antonymsmental

5. material having material or physical form or substance


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


Synonymscorporeal


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.


Synonymsstuff


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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