material

[muh-teer-ee-uhl]

noun

adjective


Origin of material

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin māteriālis of, belonging to matter. See matter, -al1
Related formsma·te·ri·al·ness, nounpre·ma·te·ri·al, adjectivequa·si-ma·te·ri·al, adjectivequa·si-ma·te·ri·al·ly, adverbsu·per·ma·te·ri·al, nountrans·ma·te·ri·al, adjectiveun·ma·te·ri·al, adjectiveun·ma·te·ri·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedmaterial matériel

Synonym study

1. See matter.

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materials

pl n

the equipment necessary for a particular activity

material

noun

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

adjective

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
See also materials
Derived Formsmaterialness, noun

Word Origin for material

C14: via French from Late Latin māteriālis, from Latin māteria matter
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Word Origin and History for materials

material

n.

late 14c., "substance, matter from which a thing is made," from material (adj.).

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."

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