matter

[mat-er]

noun

verb (used without object)

to be of importance; signify: It matters little.
Pathology. to suppurate.

Nearby words

  1. matte shot,
  2. matted,
  3. mattedly,
  4. matteotti,
  5. matteotti, giacomo,
  6. matter in deed,
  7. matter of course,
  8. matter of course, a,
  9. matter of fact,
  10. matter of fact, a

Idioms

Origin of matter

1175–1225; Middle English mater(e), materie < Anglo-French, Old French mat(i)ere, materie < Latin māteria woody part of a tree, material, substance, derivative of māter mother1

Related formsmat·ter·ful, adjectivemat·ter·less, adjectivenon·mat·ter, noun

Can be confusedmadder matter

Synonym study

1. Matter, material, stuff, substance refer to that of which physical objects are composed (though all these terms are also used abstractly). Matter, as distinct from mind and spirit, is a broad word that applies to anything perceived, or known to be occupying space: solid matter; gaseous matter. Material usually means some definite kind, quality, or quantity of matter, especially as intended for use: woolen material; a house built of good materials. Stuff, a less technical word, with approximately the same meanings as material, is characterized by being on an informal level when it refers to physical objects ( Dynamite is queer stuff ), and on a literary or poetic one when it is used abstractly ( the stuff that dreams are made on ). Substance is the matter that composes a thing, thought of in relation to its essential properties: a sticky substance.

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British Dictionary definitions for as a matter of fact

matter

noun

that which makes up something, esp a physical object; material
substance that occupies space and has mass, as distinguished from substance that is mental, spiritual, etc
substance of a specified typevegetable matter; reading matter
(sometimes foll by of or for) thing; affair; concern; questiona matter of taste; several matters to attend to; no laughing matter
a quantity or amounta matter of a few pence
the content of written or verbal material as distinct from its style or form
(used with a negative) importance; consequence
philosophy (in the writings of Aristotle and the Scholastics) that which is itself formless but can receive form and become substance
philosophy (in the Cartesian tradition) one of two basic modes of existence, the other being mind : matter being extended in space as well as time
printing
  1. type set up, either standing or for use
  2. copy to be set in type
a secretion or discharge, such as pus
law
  1. something to be proved
  2. statements or allegations to be considered by a court
for that matter as regards that
no matter
  1. regardless of; irrespective ofno matter what the excuse, you must not be late
  2. (sentence substitute)it is unimportant
the matter wrong; the troublethere's nothing the matter

verb (intr)

to be of consequence or importance
to form and discharge pus

Word Origin for matter

C13 (n), C16 (vb): from Latin māteria cause, substance, esp wood, or a substance that produces something else; related to māter mother

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Word Origin and History for as a matter of fact
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Medicine definitions for as a matter of fact

matter

[mătər]

n.

Something that occupies space and can be perceived by one or more senses.
A specific type of substance.
Discharge or waste, such as pus or feces, from a living organism.

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Science definitions for as a matter of fact

matter

[mătər]

Something that has mass. Most of the matter in the universe is composed of atoms which are themselves composed of subatomic particles. See also energy state of matter.
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Culture definitions for as a matter of fact

matter

In physics, something that has mass and is distinct from energy. (See phases of matter.)

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Idioms and Phrases with as a matter of fact

as a matter of fact

see matter of fact.

matter

In addition to the idioms beginning with matter

  • matter of course, a
  • matter of fact, a
  • matter of life and death, a
  • matter of opinion, a

also see:

  • crux of the matter
  • for that matter
  • gray matter
  • mince matters
  • mind over matter
  • no joke (laughing matter)
  • no matter
  • the matter
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