- Substance is some material or item with a particular texture or an intoxicating drink or drug.
- An example of substance is something that feels like silk.
- An example of a substance is alcohol.
- Substance means something based in fact or supported by logic, or something or someone who has merit or worth.
- An example of substance is when an argument makes sense and has facts to back it up.
- Substance is a person who is smart and interested in the world.
substance definition by Webster's New World
- the real or essential part or element of anything; essence, reality, or basic matter
- the physical matter of which a thing consists; material
- matter of a particular kind or chemical composition
- solid quality; substantial character
- consistency; body
- the real content, meaning, or gist of something said or written
- material possessions; property; resources; wealth
- ☆ a drug
- Philos. something that has independent existence and is acted upon by causes
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin substantia ; from substare, to be present ; from sub-, under plush stare, to stand
substance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. That which has mass and occupies space; matter.b. A material of a particular kind or constitution.
- a. Essential nature; essence.b. Gist; heart.
- That which is solid and practical in character, quality, or importance: a plan without substance.
- Density; body: Air has little substance.
- Material possessions; goods; wealth: a person of substance.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin substantia, from substāns, substant-, present participle of substāre, to be present : sub-, sub- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
substance - Medical Definition
- That which has mass and occupies space; matter.
- A material of a particular kind or constitution.
substance - Phrases/Idioms
- with regard to essential elements
- actually; really