- that which by integrative organization forms chemical substances and living things.
- Aristotelianism. that which relates to form as potentiality does to actuality.
- material for work; copy.
- type set up.
Idioms about matter
- regardless or irrespective of: We'll never finish on time, no matter how hard we work.
- it is unimportant; it makes no difference: No matter, this string will do as well as any other.
Origin of matter
synonym study for matter
historical usage of matter
In the first century b.c., the Roman poet and Epicurean philosopher Lucretius and his elder contemporary Cicero, statesman and man of letters, began using māteria in the sense “any substance that makes up a physical object,” also “the basic substance of the physical universe,” a translation of Greek hýlē “timber, firewood, wood for building.” Two hundred years earlier, Aristotle was using hýlē in the extended sense “the basic substance of the physical universe, matter,” prefiguring the Romans.
Māteria maintained its original, pre-Aristotelian sense “wood” in Portuguese, becoming madeira by regular phonetic change. The island of Madeira is so called because it is (or was) thickly wooded, and the fortified wine originating on that island is known as Madeira or Madeira wine (first occurring in English at the end of the 16th century). Some would claim that, more than wood, wine is the basic substance, or stuff, of life.
OTHER WORDS FROM mattermat·ter·ful, adjectivemat·ter·less, adjectivenon·mat·ter, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mattermadder, matter
Words nearby matter
How to use matter in a sentence
There’s also the ever-present matter of how long it takes a test such as the LabCorp one to come back.Even the most cautious schools are seeing outbreaks|Sy Mukherjee|September 17, 2020|Fortune
They described the changes as addressing national security concerns about the transaction and asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.Oracle, Bytedance, and U.S. Treasury tentatively agree on terms for TikTok bid|radmarya|September 17, 2020|Fortune
Then there is the not-small matter of whether Facebook can actually enforce the rules it comes up with.Facebook tries to clean up Groups with new policies|Sarah Perez|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
Leo Kadanoff, a condensed matter researcher, figured out how to do so in 1966.How Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics|Charlie Wood|September 17, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Byrne notes that lots of proposals over the years have called for dropping something into the atmosphere itself to look for more biosignatures or even organic matter.We need to go to Venus as soon as possible|Neel Patel|September 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
To borrow an old right-wing talking point, these people are angry no matter what we do.Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The end of conventional childbirth might only be a matter of time.
In the absence of cultural shifts, then, new reproductive technology might not matter as much for women as it would for men.
Before we get to all that, permit me a brief reflection on this matter of Steve Scalise.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Nixon said defending the two islands was “a matter of principle.”The World’s Toughest Political Quiz|Jeff Greenfield|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I assure you, no matter how beautifully we play any piece, the minute Liszt plays it, you would scarcely recognize it!
I hate to be long at my toilette at any time; but to delay much in such a matter while travelling is folly.
“And the matter of the will was all disposed of by the probate judge today, I hear,” said the judge, his hand on the door.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The first month I was here, when there were only five of us, it was quite another matter, but now the room is crowded every time.
Let us look over these points again, and make the matter still clearer and more simple.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
British Dictionary definitions for matter
- type set up, either standing or for use
- copy to be set in type
- something to be proved
- statements or allegations to be considered by a court
- regardless of; irrespective ofno matter what the excuse, you must not be late
- (sentence substitute) it is unimportant
Word Origin for matter
Scientific definitions for matter
Cultural definitions for matter
In physics, something that has mass and is distinct from energy. (See phases of matter.)
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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
- crux of the matter
- for that matter
- gray matter
- mince matters
- mind over matter
- no joke (laughing matter)
- no matter
- the matter