Material meaning

mə-tîrē-əl
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The substance or substances out of which a thing is or can be made.
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You've made several material contributions to this project.

This is the most material fact in this lawsuit.

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(law) Important enough to affect the outcome of a case, the validity of a legal instrument, etc.

A material witness.

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(philos.) Of the content or substance of reasoning, as distinguished from the formal element.
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Material is defined as the physical components of something, to relevant facts, to jokes or items that are part of a performers routine, or to the things required to build something or accomplish a task.

An example of material is the fabric from which something is made.

An example of material are the facts used in a book.

An example of material are the jokes a comedian tells.

An example of material is the wood used to build something.

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The definition of material refers to a physical object, as opposed to something spiritual or mental, or something that is essential and relevant.

An example of material is an interest in the physical space around you.

An example of material is the most important point in an argument.

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Of, relating to, or composed of matter.
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Something, such as an idea or information, that is to be refined and made or incorporated into a finished effort.

Material for a comedy.

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Of matter; of substance; relating to or consisting of what occupies space; physical.

A material object, material forces.

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Matter which may be shaped or manipulated, particularly in making something.

Asphalt, composed of oil and sand, is a widely used material for roads.

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    With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get [...].
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Ideas, notes, sketches, etc., that may be worked up or elaborated; data.
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Text written for a specific purpose.

We were a warm-up act at the time; we didn't have enough original material to headline.

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Cloth to be made into a garment.

You'll need about a yard of material to make this.

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A person who is qualified for a certain position or activity.

John Doe is a great governor, and I also believe he is presidential material.

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Of, relating to, or affecting physical well-being; bodily.
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Being both relevant and consequential; crucial.

Testimony material to the inquiry.

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(philosophy) Of or relating to the matter of reasoning, rather than the form.
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Important, essential, or pertinent (to the matter under discussion)
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What a thing is, or may be, made of; constituent substance; elements, parts, or constituents.

Raw material.

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Cloth or other fabric.
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Implements, articles, etc. needed to make or do something.

Writing materials.

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Of evidence, that it is important or essential to an adjudication or determination.
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Having to do with matter; consisting of matter.

This compound has a number of interesting material properties.

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Worldly, as opposed to spiritual.

Don't let material concerns get in the way of living a happy life.

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Related data of various kinds, especially if collected as the basis for a document or book.
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The substance that something is made or composed of.
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(obsolete) To form from matter; to materialize.
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Tools or apparatus for the performance of a given task.

Writing materials.

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Yard goods or cloth.
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A person who is qualified or suited for a position or activity.

The members of the board felt that she was vice-presidential material.

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Of or concerned with the physical as distinct from the intellectual or spiritual.
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Having a logical connection to the matters under consideration.
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Origin of material

  • Middle English consisting of matter, material from Old French from Late Latin māteriālis from Latin māteria matter māter- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English material, from Late Latin materialis, from Latin materia "wood, material, substance" from mater "mother". Displaced native Middle English andweorc, andwork (“material, matter") (from Old English andweorc (“matter, substance, material")).

    From Wiktionary