Matter meaning

mătər
That which occupies space and has mass; physical substance.
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A subject of concern, feeling, or action.

Matters of foreign policy; a personal matter.

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Trouble or difficulty.

What's the matter with your car?

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Something printed or otherwise set down in writing.

Reading matter.

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An approximated quantity, amount, or extent.

The construction will last a matter of years.

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To be of importance.
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What a thing is made of; constituent substance or material.
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Any specified sort of substance.

Coloring matter.

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To be of importance or consequence; have significance.

The things that matter to one.

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The crux of a case, the matter in controversy.
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What all (material) things are made of; whatever occupies space and is perceptible to the senses in some way: in modern physics, matter and energy are regarded as equivalents, mutually convertible according to Einstein's formula, E = mc2 (i.e., energy equals mass multiplied by the square of the velocity of light); in dualistic thinking, matter is regarded as the opposite of mind, spirit, etc.
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Material of thought or expression; what is spoken or written, regarded as distinct from how it is spoken or written; content, as distinguished from manner, style, or form.
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To form and discharge pus; suppurate.
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Something that has mass. Most of the matter in the universe is composed of atoms which are themselves composed of subatomic particles .
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An issue under consideration in a lawsuit.
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An issue of the truth or falsity of a pertinent fact.
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An issue pertaining to the applicability or interpretation of a particular law.
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In Aristotelian and Scholastic use, that which is in itself undifferentiated and formless and which, as the subject of change and development, receives form and becomes substance.
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Discharge or waste, such as pus or feces, from a living organism.
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The body of heroic stories and legends, as contained in a folk epic, regarded as central to a culture or literature.

The King Arthur stories make up the matter of Britain.

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Documents, letters, etc. sent, or to be sent, by mail; mail.

Second-class matter.

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Any matter that has been made a part of the official court record.
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Substance, material.
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A condition, subject or affair, especially one of concern.

What's the matter?; state matters.

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I stayed for a matter of months.

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The substance of thought or expression as opposed to the manner in which it is stated or conveyed.
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An amount or quantity, usually indefinite.

A matter of a few days.

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An unfavorable state of affairs; trouble; difficulty.

Something seems to be the matter.

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A substance discharged by the body; specif., pus.
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Something that is to be proved.
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That which has yet to take on form; undifferentiated substance of reality or experience.
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A specific type of substance.
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(intransitive) To be important.

The only thing that matters to Jim is being rich.

Sorry for pouring ketchup on your clean white shirt! - Oh, don't worry, it does not matter.

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To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate.
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The definition of matter is what something is made of, what all physical things are made of, or something important or a problem.

An example of matter is a dining table made of wood.

An example of matter is everything we see being made of particles of elements and atoms.

An example of a matter is an important document that needs to be signed by a certain date.

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A type of such substance.

Organic matter.

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Discharge or waste, such as pus or feces, from a living organism.
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as a matter of fact
  • In fact; actually.
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for that matter
  • So far as that is concerned; as for that.
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no matter
  • Regardless of:.
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as a matter of fact
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for that matter
  • In regard to that; as far as that is concerned.
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no matter
  • It is of no importance.
  • Regardless of.
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Origin of matter

  • Middle English from Old French matere from Latin māteria wood, timber, matter from māter mother (because the woody part was seen as the source of growth) māter- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English mater, matere, from Anglo-Norman matere, materie, from Old French materie, matiere, from Latin materia (“matter, stuff, material"), derivative of Latin mater (“mother"). Displaced native Middle English andweorc, andwork (“material, matter") (from Old English andweorc (“matter, substance, material")), Old English intinga (“matter, affair, business").

    From Wiktionary