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Definition 1: that which has mass and occupies space - [noun denoting tops]

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

  • physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it

(matter is a kind of ...) an entity that has physical existence

(... is a kind of matter ) something that is emitted or radiated (as a gas or an odor or a light, etc.)

(... is a kind of matter ) the dissolved matter in a solution; the component of a solution that changes its state

(... is a kind of matter ) matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure

(... is a kind of matter ) matter that remains after something has been removed

(... is a kind of matter ) (physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium

"in a static system oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface" "a system generating hydrogen peroxide"

(... is a kind of matter ) any thick, viscous matter

(... is a kind of matter ) continuous amorphous matter that tends to flow and to conform to the outline of its container: a liquid or a gas

(... is a kind of matter ) any gummy shapeless matter; usually unpleasant

(... is a kind of matter ) matter consisting of elementary particles that are the antiparticles of those making up normal substances

(... is a kind of matter ) (cosmology) a hypothetical form of matter that is believed to make up 90 percent of the universe; it is invisible (does not absorb or emit light) and does not collide with atomic particles but exerts gravitational force

(... is a kind of matter ) (cosmology) the original matter that (according to the big bang theory) existed before the formation of the chemical elements

(... is a kind of matter ) matter that has been deposited by some natural process

(... is a kind of matter ) a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties

"shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"

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

"DNA is the substance of our genes"

(... is a kind of matter ) matter produced by plants or growing in the manner of a plant

Definition 2: (used with negation) having consequence - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • they were friends and it was no matter who won the games

(matter is a kind of ...) having important effects or influence

"decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself" "virtue is of more moment than security" "that result is of no consequence"

Definition 3: some situation or event that is thought about - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • he kept drifting off the topic
  • he had been thinking about the subject for several years
  • it is a matter for the police

Synonyms for matter in the sense of this definition

(matter is a kind of ...) the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

(... is a kind of matter ) a subject of study

"it was his area of specialization" "areas of interest include..."

(... is a kind of matter ) a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment

"golf is one of his blind spots and he's proud of it"

(... is a kind of matter ) the topic that a person, committee, or piece of research is expected to deal with or has authority to deal with

"they set up a group with a remit to suggest ways for strengthening family life"

(... is a kind of matter ) a matter already settled in court; cannot be raised again

Definition 4: a vaguely specified concern - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • several matters to attend to
  • it is none of your affair
  • things are going well

Synonyms for matter in the sense of this definition

(matter is a kind of ...) something that interests you because it is important or affects you

"the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"

(... is a kind of matter ) something that is of no importance

"it is the least I can do" "that is the least of my concerns"

Definition 5: a problem - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • is anything the matter?

(matter is a kind of ...) a source of difficulty

"one trouble after another delayed the job" "what's the problem?"

Definition 6: written works (especially in books or magazines) - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • he always took some reading matter with him on the plane

(matter is a kind of ...) the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)

"the writing in her novels is excellent" "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"

(... is a kind of matter ) textual matter that is added onto a publication; usually at the end

(... is a kind of matter ) (computer science) matter that is held in a computer and is typed or printed on paper

"he ran off a hard copy of the report"

(... is a kind of matter ) (computer science) matter that is in a form that a computer can store or display it on a computer screen

"he sent them soft copy of the report"

(... is a kind of matter ) written matter following the main text of a book

(... is a kind of matter ) written matter preceding the main text of a book

(... is a kind of matter ) typewritten matter especially a typewritten copy of a manuscript

(... is a kind of matter ) the main body of a written work (as distinct from illustrations or footnotes etc.)

"pictures made the text easier to understand"

(... is a kind of matter ) the words of something written

"there were more than a thousand words of text" "they handed out the printed text of the mayor's speech" "he wants to reconstruct the original text"

(... is a kind of matter ) matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage

"he signed and mailed his dictation without bothering to read it"

(... is a kind of matter ) written matter that is recited from memory

Definition 7: have weight; have import, carry weight - [verb of stative]

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

  • It does not matter much

Synonyms for matter in the sense of this definition

(matter is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of matter ) to be oppressive or burdensome

"weigh heavily on the mind" "Something pressed on his mind"

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