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Meaning & Definition of Material in English

English

Material

/mətɪriəl/

noun

1. The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

  • "Coal is a hard black material"
  • "Wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
    synonym:
  • material
  • ,
  • stuff

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

  • "The archives provided rich material for a definitive biography"
    synonym:
  • material

3. Artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

  • "The fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"
  • "Woven cloth originated in mesopotamia around 5000 bc"
  • "She measured off enough material for a dress"
    synonym:
  • fabric
  • ,
  • cloth
  • ,
  • material
  • ,
  • textile

4. Things needed for doing or making something

  • "Writing materials"
  • "Useful teaching materials"
    synonym:
  • material

5. A person judged suitable for admission or employment

  • "He was university material"
  • "She was vice-presidential material"
    synonym:
  • material

adjective

1. Concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests

  • "Material possessions"
  • "Material wealth"
  • "Material comforts"
    synonym:
  • material

2. Derived from or composed of matter

  • "The material universe"
    synonym:
  • material

3. Directly relevant to a matter especially a law case

  • "His 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"
    synonym:
  • material

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

  • "Material needs"
  • "The moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- t.roosevelt
    synonym:
  • material

5. Having material or physical form or substance

  • "That which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - benjamin jowett
    synonym:
  • corporeal
  • ,
  • material

6. Having substance or capable of being treated as fact

  • Not imaginary
  • "The substantial world"
  • "A mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"
  • "Most ponderous and substantial things"- shakespeare
    synonym:
  • substantial
  • ,
  • real
  • ,
  • material

Examples of using

Steel is a widely-used material in civil construction.
Do not place any rubber or vinyl materials on the product exterior for an extended period of time.
Bacterias have the DNA as genetic material.