- 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
How to use matter in a sentence
Perdue’s office did not answer questions about why he sent the letter or whether he discussed the matter with any sports team owners.Georgia Senator David Perdue Privately Pushed for a Tax Break for Rich Sports Teamowners|by Robert Faturechi and Justin Elliott|November 20, 2020|ProPublica
It was only a matter of time, they thought, until she’d be running a team of her own.Baseball told Kim Ng no (and no, and no) before it finally said yes|Candace Buckner|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
With the board’s vote, the matter will go to the 4th District Court of Appeal.County Officials Dig in to Keep COVID-19 Info Private|Sara Libby and Jared Whitlock|November 19, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Instead he grew convinced that mind and matter were made of the same basic ingredient.When Einstein Tilted at Windmills - Issue 93: Forerunners|Amanda Gefter|November 18, 2020|Nautilus
In other words, the governor is free to discuss the matter, the analysis found.Junior Staffer Says Top Alaska Official Told Her to Keep Allegations of Misconduct Secret|by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News|November 18, 2020|ProPublica
In an effort to gain early attention, he focused his attention on the Iowa precinct caucuses, which had never mattered much.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz|Jeff Greenfield|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe there was a time when you could make films that mattered, but now?Anime King Hayao Miyazaki’s Cursed Dreams|Melissa Leon|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Except in cases with the highest body count, or the most grotesque cruelty, white victims were the only ones that mattered.
Television in general might not have mattered in what happened that night, but one in particular brought the case to a close.
What really mattered was that he was religious, and thus had the same moral beliefs as other religious people.It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral|Elizabeth Picciuto|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And indeed, it mattered little to her—an Eastern woman whose life was usually bounded by a grille.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
In a business way, he was doing very well, and business was all that mattered with Mr. Chumley.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
It mattered little, since Monsieur de Garnache was dead—as though it could have mattered had he been living!St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
That Prince Alix was notoriously a friend of Russia mattered little at the present juncture.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White
She seemed to think that nothing mattered so much as that everybody should be paid on the first of the month.Hilda|Sarah Jeanette Duncan
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