material
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /məˈtɪɹi.əl/
  • (RP) IPA: /məˈtɪəɹɪəl/

Adjective

material

  1. Having to do with matter; consisting of matter.
    This compound has a number of interesting material properties.
    • 1913, Alfred Bowyer Sharpe, Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)/Evil
      the material elements of the universe
  2. Worldly, as opposed to spiritual.
    Don't let material concerns get in the way of living a happy life.
    Antonyms: spiritual
  3. (law, accounting) Significant.
    You've made several material contributions to this project.
    This is the most material fact in this lawsuit.
    • discourse, which was always material, never trifling
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], chapter 2, in An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗, book I, page 3 ↗:
      I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down only such as are most material to our present purpose.
    Antonyms: immaterial
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Noun

material

  1. Matter which may be shaped or manipulated, particularly in making something.
    Asphalt, composed of oil and sand, is a widely used material for roads.
  2. Text written for a specific purpose.
    We were a warm-up act at the time; we didn't have enough original material to headline.
  3. A sample or specimens for study.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      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{{...}
  4. Cloth to be made into a garment. fabric#Noun|Fabric.
    You'll need about a yard of material to make this.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. There was a great deal of them, lavish both in material and in workmanship.
  5. The people collectively who are qualified for a certain position or activity.
    boyfriend material, girlfriend material, wifey material
    John Doe is a great governor, and I also believe he is presidential material.
    He is not the only one. I believe we have lots of presidential material in various public offices.
  6. Related data of various kinds, especially if collected as the basis for a document or book.
  7. The substance that something is made or composed of.
  8. (chess) All of a player's pieces and pawns on the chessboard.
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Verb

material (materials, present participle materialling; past and past participle materialled)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To form from matter; to materialize.
    • 1643, Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
      I believe that the whole frame of a beast doth perish, and is left in the same state after death as before it was materialled unto life.



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