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Dictionary definition for: Material

1. (n) 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"

2. (s) concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests; "material possessions" "material wealth" "material comforts"

3. (n) 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"

4. (a) derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe"

5. (n) things needed for doing or making something; "writing materials" "useful teaching materials"

6. (a) 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"

7. (n) artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitraqnsparent" "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC" "she measured off enough material for a dress"

8. (s) 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

9. (n) a person judged suitable for admission or employment; "he was university material" "she was vice-presidential material"

10. (a) having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett

11. (a) 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

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