[ UK /mətˈi‍əɹɪə‍l/ ]
[ US /məˈtɪɹiəɫ/ ]
  1. having material or physical form or substance
    that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible
  2. derived from or composed of matter
    the material universe
  3. directly relevant to a matter especially a law case
    a material witness
    his support made a material difference
    evidence material to the issue at hand
    facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts
  4. concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being
    the moral and material welfare of all good citizens
    material needs
  5. having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
    The wind was violent and felt substantial enough to lean against
    a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical
    the substantial world
  6. concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests
    material comforts
    material wealth
    material possessions
  1. 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
  2. artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
    woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC
    the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent
    she measured off enough material for a dress
  3. the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
    wheat is the stuff they use to make bread
    coal is a hard black material
  4. things needed for doing or making something
    writing materials
    useful teaching materials
  5. a person judged suitable for admission or employment
    he was university material
    she was vice-presidential material
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How To Use material In A Sentence

  • I can't find any relevant material on him in the library.
  • Lovecraft dealt not with the supernatural but with the "supernormal," as Joshi puts it -- the unrealized side of material reality. The Lovecraft News Network
  • The material you choose for surfaces including counters, backsplashes and floors can also account for variations in price.
  • It's not because I'm worried about what they might think, or anything ridiculous like that, it's because in a lot of cases this material was intended for me alone - either through an oral tradition or as a gnostic revelation from the spirits.
  • In a field where biological material is limited, experimental cytogenetic techniques often require only a few cells.
  • Jim Devine said the £2326 of "joinery" was for storing personal and party political material in a pub cellar he was renting. Archive 2009-06-01
  • The B horizon, commonly referred to as subsoil, accumulates material washed out of the A horizon, such as clay, salts, and iron. 5. How plants live and grow
  • When the effused lymph is not absorbed it organizes, either forming a sort of internal cicatrix which is harder than the surrounding tissues or increasing the density of the part by augmenting the amount of plastic material within it. An Epitome of Practical Surgery, for Field and Hospital.
  • They use cheap materials and actually destroy a lot of decent furniture and fittings in the process - if something is considered unfashionable it gets taken out or painted over.
  • I'd say name it except for your second point, that named Wealden brachiosaurids are plentiful and once better material is described, some would near certainly be synonymized. ‘Angloposeidon’, the unreported story, part IV
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