- the substance or substances of which a thing is made or composed: Stone is a durable material.
- anything that serves as crude or raw matter to be used or developed: Wood pulp is the raw material from which paper is made.
- any constituent element.
- a textile fabric: material for a dress.
- a group of ideas, facts, data, etc., that may provide the basis for or be incorporated into some integrated work: to gather material for a history of North Carolina; to write material for a comedy show.
- materials, the articles or apparatus needed to make or do something: writing materials.
- a person considered as having qualities suited to a particular sphere of activity: The boy's teachers did not think he was college material.
- formed or consisting of matter; physical; corporeal: the material world.
- relating to, concerned with, or involving matter: material forces.
- pertaining to the physical rather than the spiritual or intellectual aspect of things: material comforts.
- pertaining to or characterized by an undue interest in corporeal things; unspiritual.
- of substantial import; of much consequence; important: Your support will make a material difference in the success of our program.
- pertinent or essential (usually followed by to): a question not material to the subject at hand.
- Law. likely to influence the determination of a case: material evidence.
- Philosophy. of or relating to matter as distinguished from form.
Origin of material
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Examples from the Web for materials
How do you find the materials, and how do you manage to get them across New York to the sites?#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
“Our volunteers donate their time, materials, and use of their 3-D printers to create them,” Jen Owen, a member of e-NABLE, said.3-D Printing Is Changing the Future of Prosthetics
December 10, 2014
The collective stresses that it has no intentions of museum-izing the materials it has gathered.The Monuments Men of Occupy Hong Kong
December 4, 2014
Most people could agree on whether a given configuration of materials is a functioning vehicle or a useless set of parts.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Standards are a little sloppier when it comes to Christian materials.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts
November 23, 2014
There has been staggering loss of life and measureless wastage of materials.
Mention some of the materials that may be put into the stock pot.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
It is not so much a book as it is materials for ornamenting a book.Reflections
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
He had his materials to work upon, and may have done the best that any one could with them.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
The Indian rarely needs to hunt for the materials he requires.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- the equipment necessary for a particular activity
- the substance of which a thing is made or composed; component or constituent matterraw material
- facts, notes, etc, that a finished work may be based on or derived fromenough material for a book
- cloth or fabric
- a person who has qualities suitable for a given occupation, training, etcthat boy is not university material
- of, relating to, or composed of physical substance; corporeal
- philosophy composed of or relating to physical as opposed to mental or spiritual substancethe material world
- of, relating to, or affecting economic or physical wellbeingmaterial ease
- of or concerned with physical rather than spiritual interests
- of great import or consequenceof material benefit to the workers
- (often foll by to) relevant
- philosophy of or relating to matter as opposed to form
- law relevant to the issue before court: applied esp to facts or testimony of much significancea material witness
Word Origin and History for materials
late 14c., "substance, matter from which a thing is made," from material (adj.).
mid-14c., "real, ordinary; earthly, drawn from the material world;" a term in scholastic philosophy and theology, from Old French material, materiel (14c.) and directly from Late Latin materialis (adj.) "of or belonging to matter," from Latin materia "matter, stuff, wood, timber" (see matter). From late 14c. as "made of matter, having material existence; material, physical, substantial;" from late 15c. as "important, relevant."