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Definition 1: the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists - [noun denoting tops]

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

  • DNA is the substance of our genes

(substance is a kind of ...) that which has mass and occupies space

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

(substance is a kind of ...) something determined in relation to something that includes it

"he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself" "I read a portion of the manuscript" "the smaller component is hard to reach" "the animal constituent of plankton"

(... is a kind of substance ) a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor

"it was heated to evaporate the volatiles"

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance that is fluid at room temperature and pressure

(... is a kind of substance ) (biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed

(... is a kind of substance ) an intervening substance through which something is achieved

"the dissolving medium is called a solvent"

(... is a kind of substance ) one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe

"the alchemists believed that there were four elements"

(... is a kind of substance ) the substance that is acted upon by an enzyme or ferment

(... is a kind of substance ) (biology) any agency bringing about activation; a molecule that increases the activity of an enzyme or a protein that increases the production of a gene product in DNA transcription

(... is a kind of substance ) any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter

(... is a kind of substance ) (physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element

(... is a kind of substance ) (chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding)

(... is a kind of substance ) a hypothetical substance once believed to be present in all combustible materials and to be released during burning

(... is a kind of substance ) 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"

(... is a kind of substance ) the chemical composition and properties of a substance or object

"the chemistry of soil"

(... is a kind of substance ) the substance of a living cell (including cytoplasm and nucleus)

(... is a kind of substance ) the substance of the body

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted

Definition 2: a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties - [noun denoting tops]

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

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

(substance is a kind of ...) that which has mass and occupies space

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

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance used as a warm moist medicinal compress or poultice

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance that can be consumed to produce energy

"more fuel is needed during the winter months" "they developed alternative fuels for aircraft"

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance capable of reducing friction by making surfaces smooth or slippery

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance that is added to another substance to keep it moist

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance (a virus or toxin or immune serum) that is introduced into the body to produce or increase immunity to a particular disease

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance having the consistency of jelly or gelatin

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance used to provide cooling (as in a refrigerator)

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance (such as an antibody) or agent that can cause lysis

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance that causes injury or illness or death of a living organism

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance producing irritation

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance (as a toxin or enzyme) that stimulates an immune response in the body (especially the production of antibodies)

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance (an atom or molecule or radical or ion) that forms a complex around a central atom

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance involved in metabolism (either as a product of metabolism or as necessary for metabolism)

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance that promotes digestion

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance that produces cancer

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance (such as a chemical element or inorganic compound) that can be taken in by a green plant and used in organic synthesis

(... is a kind of substance ) hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance that can cause an allergy

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance that is undergoing an analysis of its components

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance that can cause a rise in body temperature

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance characterized by its great flammability

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance that forms a gel with water

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance that lessens the purity or effectiveness of a substance

"it is necessary to remove the adulterants before use"

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance that propels

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance that serves as a denaturing agent

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance that retards or stops an activity

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance capable of bringing about fermentation

(... is a kind of substance ) a substance that exerts some force or effect

(... is a kind of substance ) any substance that facilitates the use of a drug or pigment or other material that is mixed with it

Definition 3: the property of holding together and retaining its shape - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • wool has more body than rayon
  • when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake

Synonyms for substance in the sense of this definition

(substance is a kind of ...) a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

"a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"

(... is a kind of substance ) having the consistency of a gas

(... is a kind of substance ) the consistency of a solid

(... is a kind of substance ) the property of being porous; being able to absorb fluids

(... is a kind of substance ) a consistency of something that does not break under pressure

(... is a kind of substance ) the consistency of something that breaks under pressure

(... is a kind of substance ) the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded

(... is a kind of substance ) the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale

(... is a kind of substance ) a consistency of low viscosity

"he disliked the thinness of the soup"

(... is a kind of substance ) resistance to flow

(... is a kind of substance ) resistance of a liquid to shear forces (and hence to flow)

(... are attributes of substance) relatively dense in consistency

"thick cream" "thick soup" "thick smoke" "thick fog"

(... are attributes of substance) relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous

"air is thin at high altitudes" "a thin soup" "skimmed milk is much thinner than whole milk" "thin oil"

Definition 4: the idea that is intended - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • What is the meaning of this proverb?

Synonyms for substance in the sense of this definition

(substance is a kind of ...) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

"it was not a good idea" "the thought never entered my mind"

(... is a kind of substance ) the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text

"a petty argument about semantics"

(... is a kind of substance ) a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

"the significance of his remark became clear only later" "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication"

(... is a kind of substance ) the general meaning or substance of an utterance

"although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"

(... is a kind of substance ) a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning

(... is a kind of substance ) the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to

"the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos"

(... is a kind of substance ) the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to

"he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes"

(... is a kind of substance ) an idea that is implied or suggested

Definition 5: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • the gist of the prosecutor's argument
  • the heart and soul of the Republican Party
  • the nub of the story

Synonyms for substance in the sense of this definition

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

(... is a kind of substance ) (plural) the most basic facts or elements

"he told us only the bare bones of the story"

(... is a kind of substance ) (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality

(... is a kind of substance ) the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other

(... is a kind of substance ) the purest and most concentrated essence of something

(... is a kind of substance ) a critically important or characteristic component

"suspense is the very stuff of narrative"

Definition 6: what a communication that is about something is about - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for substance in the sense of this definition

(substance is a kind of ...) something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups

(... is a kind of substance ) the expression of disapproval

(... is a kind of substance ) (often used with `pay') a formal expression of esteem

"he paid his respects to the mayor"

(... is a kind of substance ) an expression of lack of respect

(... is a kind of substance ) a message (spoken or written) that is introduced or inserted

"with the help of his friend's interpolations his story was eventually told" "with many insertions in the margins"

(... is a kind of substance ) a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

"according to his statement he was in London on that day"

(... is a kind of substance ) a nonverbal message

"a Cadillac makes a statement about who you are" "his tantrums are a statement of his need for attention"

(... is a kind of substance ) a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

(... is a kind of substance ) a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof

"his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"

(... is a kind of substance ) a message describing how something is to be done

"he gave directions faster than she could follow them"

(... is a kind of substance ) something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)

(... is a kind of substance ) something offered (as a proposal or bid)

"noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds"

(... is a kind of substance ) something (manuscripts or architectural plans and models or estimates or works of art of all genres etc.) submitted for the judgment of others (as in a competition)

"several of his submissions were rejected by publishers" "what was the date of submission of your proposal?"

(... is a kind of substance ) a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program

"his narrative was interesting" "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"

(... is a kind of substance ) a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution

"the packaging of new ideas"

(... is a kind of substance ) subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes

(... is a kind of substance ) a message expressing a favorable opinion

"words of approval seldom passed his lips"

(... is a kind of substance ) a message that makes a pledge

(... is a kind of substance ) the central message of a communication

"the body of the message was short"

(... is a kind of substance ) (dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person

"that story was a corker"

(... is a kind of substance ) a message that helps you remember something

"he ignored his wife's reminders"

(... is a kind of substance ) a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority

(... is a kind of substance ) a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority

(... is a kind of substance ) (psychoanalysis) hidden meaning of a fantasy or dream

(... is a kind of substance ) the subject matter of a conversation or discussion

"he didn't want to discuss that subject" "it was a very sensitive topic" "his letters were always on the theme of love"

(... is a kind of substance ) a message that departs from the main subject

(... is a kind of substance ) the message that is intended or expressed or signified

"what is the meaning of this sentence" "the significance of a red traffic light" "the signification of Chinese characters" "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"

(... is a kind of substance ) a message that seems to convey no meaning

(... is a kind of substance ) a worthless message

(... is a kind of substance ) a statement acknowledging something or someone

"she must have seen him but she gave no sign of acknowledgment" "the preface contained an acknowledgment of those who had helped her"

(... is a kind of substance ) a message refusing to accept something that is offered

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

(... is a kind of substance ) something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action

(... is a kind of substance ) a sensational message (in a film or play or novel)

Definition 7: considerable capital (wealth or income) - [noun denoting possession]

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

  • he is a man of means

Synonyms for substance in the sense of this definition

(substance is a kind of ...) wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value

(... is a kind of substance ) your personal financial means

"that car is too expensive for my pocketbook"

(... is a kind of substance ) the necessary means (especially financial means)

Definition 8: material of a particular kind or constitution - [noun denoting substance]

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

  • the immune response recognizes invading substances

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

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