- 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)
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Idioms for 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
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Example sentences from the Web for mattered
Maybe there was a time when you could make films that mattered, but now?
Television in general might not have mattered in what happened that night, but one in particular brought the case to a close.
Cameroon had Roger Milla, who was an old man (38, that year) and ran only when it mattered.
I can only assume that they, too, were in a band that once mattered.Inside London’s Hottest Celebrity Haunt—But How Long Will Chiltern Firehouse Burn?|Lizzie Crocker|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What mattered was that Woodley used the wrong word, and her relationship with the press has been uneasy ever since.
What mattered anything that night, when all hearts were light, and youth was abroad?Our Little Polish Cousin|Florence E. Mendel
It mattered not from whence it came; but all agreed it was come into Holland again.A Journal of the Plague Year|Daniel Defoe
But it mattered not to the boys what the crowd might think or say—they were elated beyond the influence of the opinions of others.The Boy Scouts of the Air in Indian Land|Gordon Stuart
It mattered little that Earl Spencer's personal character was above suspicion.
Ross realized that he must have missed something, not that it mattered.The Time Traders|Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for mattered
- 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
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Idioms and Phrases with mattered
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