- 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.
verb (used without object)
- 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
Synonyms for matter
adjective, noun, verb (used with object)
or mat, matt
verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.
Origin of matte1
Related Words for matterthing, material, element, affair, transaction, proceeding, business, circumstance, question, job, topic, incident, situation, event, subject, point, argument, theme, interest, sense
Examples from the Web for matter
Contemporary Examples of matter
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
January 8, 2015
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
January 2, 2015
Nixon said defending the two islands was “a matter of principle.”The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
Historical Examples of matter
But of course it will be only fair to sis to lay the matter before her just as it is.
He leaned back, and began to puff leisurely at his pipe, as if this settled the matter.
"There is one other matter I wanted to speak to you about, Mr. Paine," he said.
In the matter of minor industries, sericulture holds a first rank.Explorations in Australia
That he was constantly cheerful proved the matter of his musings to be pleasant.
- 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
adjective, noun, verb
Word Origin for matte
c.1200, materie, "subject of thought, speech, or expression," from Anglo-French matere, Old French matere "subject, theme, topic; substance, content, material; character, education" (12c., Modern French matière), from Latin materia "substance from which something is made," also "hard inner wood of a tree" (cf. Portuguese madeira "wood"), from mater "origin, source, mother" (see mother (n.1)). Or, on another theory, it represents *dmateria, from PIE root *dem-/*dom- (cf. Latin domus "house," English timber). With sense development in Latin influenced by Greek hyle, of which it was the equivalent in philosophy.
Meaning "physical substance generally, matter, material" is early 14c.; that of "substance of which some specific object is made or consists of" is attested from late 14c. That of "piece of business, affair, activity, situation, circumstance" is from late 14c. From mid-14c. as "subject of a literary work, content of what is written, main theme." Also in Middle English as "cause, reasons, ground; essential character; field of investigation."
Matter of course "something expected" attested from 1739. For that matter attested from 1670s. What is the matter "what concerns (someone), the cause of the difficulty" is attested from mid-15c. To make no matter "be no difference to" also is mid-15c.
"to be of importance or consequence," 1580s, from matter (n.). Related: Mattered; mattering.
"backing for a picture," 1845, from French; see mat (n.2).
variant of mat (n.2).
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