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Definition 1: artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where material or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for material in the sense of this definition

(material is a kind of ...) a man-made object taken as a whole

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric woven from goat hair and camel hair

(... is a kind of material ) a synthetic fabric

(... is a kind of material ) a trademark for a loosely woven cotton fabric that is used to make shirts and underwear

(... is a kind of material ) a thin glossy fabric made of the wool of the Lama pacos, or made of a rayon or cotton imitation of that wool

(... is a kind of material ) a bright green fabric napped to resemble felt; used to cover gaming tables

(... is a kind of material ) a cloth woven of two or more threads interlaced to suggest the weave of a basket

(... is a kind of material ) a dyed fabric; a removable wax is used where the dye is not wanted

(... is a kind of material ) a thin plain-weave cotton or linen fabric; used for shirts or dresses

(... is a kind of material ) the material of which belts are made

(... is a kind of material ) a twilled fabric used for dresses; the warp is silk and the weft is worsted

"black bombazine is frequently used for mourning garments"

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric of uneven yarn that has an uneven knobby effect

(... is a kind of material ) a closely woven silk or synthetic fabric with a narrow crosswise rib

(... is a kind of material ) a densely textured woolen fabric with a lustrous finish

(... is a kind of material ) thick heavy expensive material with a raised pattern

(... is a kind of material ) a coarse cotton fabric stiffened with glue; used in bookbinding and to stiffen clothing

(... is a kind of material ) a loosely woven fabric used for flags, etc.

(... is a kind of material ) coarse cloth with a bright print

(... is a kind of material ) a finely woven white linen

(... is a kind of material ) a soft tan cloth made with the hair of a camel

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric of Asian origin; originally made of silk and camel's hair

(... is a kind of material ) fabric dyed with splotches of green and brown and black and tan; intended to make the wearer of a garment made of this fabric hard to distinguish from the background

(... is a kind of material ) the umbrellalike part of a parachute that fills with air

(... is a kind of material ) a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)

(... is a kind of material ) a soft fabric made from the wool of the Cashmere goat

(... is a kind of material ) a waterproof waxed cloth once used as a shroud

(... is a kind of material ) a soft lightweight fabric (usually printed)

(... is a kind of material ) a lightweight fabric woven with white threads across a colored warp

(... is a kind of material ) a heavy fabric woven with chenille cord; used in rugs and bedspreads

(... is a kind of material ) a sheer fabric of silk or rayon

(... is a kind of material ) a coarse twilled cotton fabric frequently used for uniforms

(... is a kind of material ) a brightly printed and glazed cotton fabric

(... is a kind of material ) a heavy fabric suitable for coats

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric so delicate and transparent as to resemble a web of a spider

(... is a kind of material ) a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton

(... is a kind of material ) fabric woven from cotton fibers

(... is a kind of material ) a stout cotton fabric with nap on only one side

(... is a kind of material ) a soft thin light fabric with a crinkled surface

(... is a kind of material ) an unglazed heavy fabric; brightly printed; used for slipcovers and draperies

(... is a kind of material ) a stiff coarse fabric used to stiffen hats or clothing

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric of linen or cotton or silk or wool with a reversible pattern woven into it

(... is a kind of material ) a coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric

(... is a kind of material ) fabric covered with glittering ornaments such as sequins or rhinestones

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric (usually cotton or linen) with a distinctive woven pattern of small repeated figures

(... is a kind of material ) a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern; used for bedcovers and curtains

(... is a kind of material ) a fine smooth soft woolen fabric

(... is a kind of material ) cloth gracefully draped and arranged in loose folds

(... is a kind of material ) a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents

(... is a kind of material ) a coarse heavy woolen fabric

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material

(... is a kind of material ) a soft cotton or worsted fabric with an open mesh; used for curtains or clothing etc.

(... is a kind of material ) a ribbed woven fabric of silk or rayon or cotton

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric made of compressed matted animal fibers

(... is a kind of material ) a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth

(... is a kind of material ) a soft light woolen fabric; used for clothing

(... is a kind of material ) a cotton fabric imitating flannel

(... is a kind of material ) a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for clothing

(... is a kind of material ) a light plain-weave or twill-weave silk or silklike fabric (usually with a printed design)

(... is a kind of material ) a heavy woolen fabric with a long nap

(... is a kind of material ) a strong cotton and linen fabric with a slight nap

(... is a kind of material ) a firm durable fabric with a twill weave

(... is a kind of material ) a thin silk dress material

(... is a kind of material ) a clothing fabric in a plaid weave

(... is a kind of material ) a coarse fabric of silk mixed with wool or mohair and often stiffened with gum

(... is a kind of material ) a silk or silklike fabric with crosswise ribs

(... is a kind of material ) cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments

(... is a kind of material ) a twilled fabric with a herringbone pattern

(... is a kind of material ) a rough loosely woven fabric originally made with yarn that was spun at home

(... is a kind of material ) a loosely woven coarse fabric of cotton or linen; used in clothing

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric made from fibers taken from the mane or tail of horses; used for upholstery

(... is a kind of material ) a lightweight cotton cloth with a smooth and slightly stiff finish; used for clothing and bandages

(... is a kind of material ) a highly figured fabric woven on a Jacquard loom

(... is a kind of material ) a coarse homespun cotton cloth made in India

(... is a kind of material ) a sturdy twilled cloth of a yellowish brown color used especially for military uniforms

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric made by knitting

(... is a kind of material ) a delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric interwoven with threads of metal

"she wore a gold lame dress"

(... is a kind of material ) fabric made to look like leather

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant

(... is a kind of material ) a rough fabric of linen warp and wool or cotton woof

(... is a kind of material ) cotton or linen fabric with the nap raised on one side; used to dress wounds

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric woven with lisle thread

(... is a kind of material ) a heavy woolen cloth heavily napped and felted, often with a plaid design

(... is a kind of material ) a lightweight waterproof (usually rubberized) fabric

(... is a kind of material ) a light patterned cotton cloth

(... is a kind of material ) strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern; used for bedspreads

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric made of a yarn that is partly or entirely of metal

(... is a kind of material ) fabric made with yarn made from the silky hair of the Angora goat

(... is a kind of material ) silk fabric with a wavy surface pattern

(... is a kind of material ) a durable cotton fabric with a velvety nap

(... is a kind of material ) a heavy cloth in basket weave

(... is a kind of material ) a thick velvety synthetic fabric used for carpets and soft upholstery

(... is a kind of material ) a heavy fabric of wool (or wool and cotton) used mostly in upholstery or for curtains

(... is a kind of material ) a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England

(... is a kind of material ) a gauze-like fabric of silk or rayon

(... is a kind of material ) plain-woven cotton fabric

(... is a kind of material ) a durable fabric formerly loomed by hand in China from natural cotton having a yellowish color

(... is a kind of material ) an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals

(... is a kind of material ) a fine strong sheer silky fabric made of silk or rayon or nylon

(... is a kind of material ) a synthetic fabric

(... is a kind of material ) cloth treated on one side with a drying oil or synthetic resin

(... is a kind of material ) a cloth of an olive-brown color used for military uniforms

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric made of silk or a silklike fabric that resembles organdy

(... is a kind of material ) a soft wool fabric with a colorful swirled pattern of curved shapes

(... is a kind of material ) any fabric used to make trousers

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric woven with flecks of light and dark

(... is a kind of material ) a fine closely woven cotton fabric

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric that has been chemically processed to resist wrinkles and hold its shape

(... is a kind of material ) a separate part consisting of fabric

(... is a kind of material ) a thick blue cloth used to make overcoats and coats for sailors etc

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric with very thin stripes

(... is a kind of material ) tightly woven fabric with raised cords

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric with a nap that is longer and softer than velvet

(... is a kind of material ) any of a large class of synthetic fabrics

(... is a kind of material ) a soft thin cloth woven from raw silk (or an imitation)

(... is a kind of material ) a ribbed fabric used in clothing and upholstery

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric with a dyed pattern pressed onto it (usually by engraved rollers)

(... is a kind of material ) a material used for making a quilt, or a quilted fabric

(... is a kind of material ) a synthetic silklike fabric

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric with prominent rounded crosswise ribs

(... is a kind of material ) a coarse cloth resembling sacking

(... is a kind of material ) coarse fabric used for bags or sacks

(... is a kind of material ) a strong fabric (such as cotton canvas) used for making sails and tents

(... is a kind of material ) a heavy silk fabric (often woven with silver or gold threads); used to make clothing in the Middle Ages

(... is a kind of material ) a cotton fabric with a satiny finish

(... is a kind of material ) a smooth fabric of silk or rayon; has a glossy face and a dull back

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric with a finish resembling satin but made partly or wholly from cotton or synthetic fiber

(... is a kind of material ) fabric of metal or plastic mesh

(... is a kind of material ) a firm open-weave fabric used for a curtain in the theater

(... is a kind of material ) a light puckered fabric (usually striped)

(... is a kind of material ) a twilled woolen fabric

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric with long coarse nap

"he bought a shag rug"

(... is a kind of material ) a heavy silk fabric with a rough surface (or a cotton imitation)

(... is a kind of material ) a smooth crisp fabric

(... is a kind of material ) fabric from which bed sheets are made

(... is a kind of material ) any of various fabrics used to make men's shirts

(... is a kind of material ) fabric forming the tail of a shirt

(... is a kind of material ) a sturdy twill-weave cotton fabric; used for pockets and linings

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric made from the fine threads produced by certain insect larvae

(... is a kind of material ) an elastic synthetic fabric

(... is a kind of material ) any soft porous fabric (especially in a loose honeycomb weave)

(... is a kind of material ) a coarse woolen cloth formerly used for undergarments and usually dyed bright red

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric made to resemble suede leather

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric used for suits

(... is a kind of material ) soft woolen fabric used especially for baby clothes

(... is a kind of material ) a crisp smooth lustrous fabric

(... is a kind of material ) plain-woven (often glazed) fabric of wool or wool and cotton used especially formerly for linings and garments and curtains

(... is a kind of material ) a paperlike cloth made in the South Pacific by pounding tapa bark

(... is a kind of material ) a heavy textile with a woven design; used for curtains and upholstery

(... is a kind of material ) a cloth having a crisscross design

(... is a kind of material ) a pile fabric (usually cotton) with uncut loops on both sides; used to make bath towels and bath robes

(... is a kind of material ) a strong fabric used for mattress and pillow covers

(... is a kind of material ) any of various fabrics (linen or cotton) used to make towels

(... is a kind of material ) thick woolen fabric used for clothing; originated in Scotland

(... is a kind of material ) a cloth with parallel diagonal lines or ribs

(... is a kind of material ) the fabric used in upholstering

(... is a kind of material ) nylon fabric used as a fastening

(... is a kind of material ) heavy fabric that resembles velvet

(... is a kind of material ) a silky densely piled fabric with a plain back

(... is a kind of material ) a usually cotton fabric with a short pile imitating velvet

(... is a kind of material ) a soft wool fabric made from the fleece of the vicuna

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric made from a twilled mixture of cotton and wool

(... is a kind of material ) a light semitransparent fabric

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric treated to be easily washable and to require no ironing

(... is a kind of material ) any fabric impervious to water

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric (especially a fabric in the process of being woven)

(... is a kind of material ) a strong fabric woven in strips

(... is a kind of material ) a strong worsted or cotton fabric with a diagonal rib

(... is a kind of material ) a plain or twilled fabric of wool and cotton used especially for warm shirts or skirts and pajamas

(... is a kind of material ) fabric woven of metallic wire

(... is a kind of material ) a fabric made from the hair of sheep

(... is a kind of material ) a woolen fabric with a hard textured surface and no nap; woven of worsted yarns

"he wore a worsted suit"

(... is a kind of material ) fabric comprising a fitted part at the top of a garment

(... is a kind of material ) a fine cloth made from pineapple fibers

(material is a part of ...) border consisting of anything placed on the edge to finish something (such as a fringe on clothing or on a rug)

(material is a part of ...) the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down

"the hem of her dress was stained" "let down the hem" "he stitched weights into the curtain's hem" "it seeped along the hem of his jacket"

(material is made of the substance ...) yarn arranged lengthways on a loom and crossed by the woof

(material is made of the substance ...) the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving

Definition 2: things needed for doing or making something - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where material or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • writing materials
  • useful teaching materials

(material is a kind of ...) an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service

(... is a kind of material ) material used to make packages

(... is a kind of material ) material for making rails or rails collectively

(... is a kind of material ) material used to construct a roof

Definition 3: information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where material or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography

(material is a kind of ...) a message received and understood

(... is a kind of material ) old material that is slightly reworked and used again

"merely a dull rehash of his first novel"

(... is a kind of material ) material suitable for a journalistic account

"catastrophes make good copy"

Definition 4: a person judged suitable for admission or employment - [noun denoting person]

Samples where material or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was university material
  • she was vice-presidential material

(material is a kind of ...) a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission

Definition 5: the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object - [noun denoting substance]

Samples where material or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • coal is a hard black material
  • wheat is the stuff they use to make bread

Synonyms for material in the sense of this definition

(material is a kind of ...) the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists

"DNA is the substance of our genes"

(... is a kind of material ) material that has been homogenized (especially tissue that has been ground and mixed)

"liver homogenate"

(... is a kind of material ) a lightweight material in cellular form; made by introducing gas bubbles during manufacture

(... is a kind of material ) any material that fills a space or container

"there was not enough fill for the trench"

(... is a kind of material ) a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn

(... is a kind of material ) any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted

"they collect the waste once a week" "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"

(... is a kind of material ) loose material (stone fragments and silt etc) that is worn away from rocks

(... is a kind of material ) a substance that is emitted or released

(... is a kind of material ) the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface

"they dug into the earth outside the church"

(... is a kind of material ) any of various elastic materials that resemble rubber (resumes its original shape when a deforming force is removed)

(... is a kind of material ) free microscopic particles of solid material

"astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust"

(... is a kind of material ) a small discrete mass of solid or liquid matter that remains individually dispersed in gas or liquid emissions (usually considered to be an atmospheric pollutant)

(... is a kind of material ) material that is high in humic acids

(... is a kind of material ) material with which something is impregnated

"the impregnation, whatever it was, had turned the rock blue"

(... is a kind of material ) a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses

(... is a kind of material ) a small mass of soft material

"he used a wad of cotton to wipe the counter"

(... is a kind of material ) a white cheeselike protective material that covers the skin of a fetus

(... is a kind of material ) a substance added to soaps or detergents to increase their cleansing action

(... is a kind of material ) the material removed by a cut made underneath

(... is a kind of material ) a material having the property of admitting light diffusely; a partly transparent material

(... is a kind of material ) a black or colored powder used in a printer to develop a xerographic image

(... is a kind of material ) any material used to thicken

"starch is used in cooking as a thickening"

(... is a kind of material ) material that is radioactive

(... is a kind of material ) material derived from plants

(... is a kind of material ) any material used for its color

"she used a different color for the trim"

(... is a kind of material ) any material used especially to protect something

(... is a kind of material ) a substance that contaminates

(... is a kind of material ) a material such as glass or porcelain with negligible electrical or thermal conductivity

(... is a kind of material ) a material that has been or is capable of being taken up by another substance by either absorption or adsorption

(... is a kind of material ) material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing

(... is a kind of material ) material such as sand or gravel used with cement and water to make concrete, mortar, or plaster

(... is a kind of material ) an abbreviation for `hazardous material' used on warning signs

"NO HAZMATS IN TUNNEL"

(... is a kind of material ) a small loosely aggregated mass of flocculent material suspended in or precipitated from a liquid

(... is a kind of material ) any nuclear or chemical or biological material that can be used as a weapon of mass destruction

(... is a kind of material ) (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything

(... is a kind of material ) a substance from which another substance is formed (especially by a metabolic reaction)

(... is a kind of material ) used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products

"Every Monday, we put our recycling out on the curb for pick-up"

(... is a kind of material ) the natural outer covering of food (usually removed before eating)

(... is a kind of material ) material used to provide a bed for animals

(... is a kind of material ) a material that sorbs another substance; i.e. that has the capacity or tendency to take it up by either absorption or adsorption

(... is a kind of material ) a substance that exhibits diamagnetism

(... is a kind of material ) a substance that readily conducts e.g. electricity and heat

(... is a kind of material ) strong lightweight material developed in the laboratory; fibers of more than one kind are bonded together chemically

(... is a kind of material ) material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules

(... is a kind of material ) a substance that abrades or wears down

(... is a kind of material ) material made by bonding together sheets of two different metals

(... is a kind of material ) any light downy material

(... is a kind of material ) material derived from animals

(... is a kind of material ) any substance used to seal joints or fill cracks in a porous surface

(... is a kind of material ) a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together

(... is a kind of material ) material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust

"that mountain is solid rock" "stone is abundant in New England and there are many quarries"

(... is a kind of material ) solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition

(... is a kind of material ) any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship

Definition 6: derived from or composed of matter - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where material or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the material universe

(material is similar to ...) having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses

"a physical manifestation" "surrounded by tangible objects"

(material is similar to ...) concerned with material things

"physical properties" "the physical characteristics of the earth" "the physical size of a computer"

(means also ...) having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

"the substantial world" "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical" "The wind was violent and felt substantial enough to lean against"

(... are attributes of material) the quality of being physical; consisting of matter

Definition 7: directly relevant to a matter especially a law case - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where material or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(material is similar to ...) having crucial relevance

"crucial to the case" "relevant testimony"

Definition 8: having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where material or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the substantial world
  • a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical
  • The wind was violent and felt substantial enough to lean against

Synonyms for material in the sense of this definition

(means also ...) derived from or composed of matter

"the material universe"

(... are attributes of material) the quality of being substantial or having substance

Definition 9: having material or physical form or substance - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where material or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible

Synonyms for material in the sense of this definition

(material is similar to ...) having or relating to a physical material body

"bodily existence"

(material is similar to ...) possessing or existing in bodily form

"what seemed corporal melted as breath into the wind" "an incarnate spirit" "`corporate' is an archaic term"

(material is similar to ...) having a new body

(means also ...) having a body or a body of a specified kind; often used in combination

"strong-bodied" "big-bodied"

(... are attributes of material) the quality of being physical; consisting of matter

Definition 10: concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where material or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • material needs
  • the moral and material welfare of all good citizens

(material is similar to ...) involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit

"physical exercise" "physical suffering" "was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance"

Definition 11: concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where material or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • material possessions
  • material wealth
  • material comforts

(material is similar to ...) characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world

"worldly goods and advancement" "temporal possessions of the church"

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