- 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
Example sentences from the Web for matter
The Department of the Interior, organizers pointed out, would be best filled by an Indigenous member, considering it addresses most matters related to tribal land and Indigenous affairs, including education.The case for a Native American secretary of the interior|Rachel Ramirez|November 20, 2020|Vox
Many such letters on regulatory matters are signed by multiple senators, sometimes dozens.Georgia Senator David Perdue Privately Pushed for a Tax Break for Rich Sports Teamowners|by Robert Faturechi and Justin Elliott|November 20, 2020|ProPublica
Brill said she could not comment on her conversations with the woman or any other personnel matter.Junior Staffer Says Top Alaska Official Told Her to Keep Allegations of Misconduct Secret|by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News|November 18, 2020|ProPublica
Tropical peatlands are swampy forests that are found in regions around the Equator whose peat is composed mostly of dead tree matter, rather than moss as in other latitudes.Conserving tropical peatlands could be key to preventing the next pandemic|Kat Eschner|November 17, 2020|Popular Science
Within a matter of essentially minutes, you could basically design a vaccine.Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 appears nearly 95 percent effective|Erin Garcia de Jesus|November 16, 2020|Science News For Students
And with so much more sense of meaning, of consequentiality, instead of nothing mattering.
“Yet the Golden Globes sided with Allen, in effect accusing Dylan either of lying or of not mattering,” he writes.Dylan Farrow Takes Woody Allen, Hollywood, and Celebrity to Task|Soraya Roberts|February 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When 10:59 becomes 11 p.m., and the programming changes to sitcom reruns, the events of the previous hour stop mattering.‘Horribly Wrong’—Fox’s Live Suicide and the Thrill of the Police Chase|Eric Nusbaum|September 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They seem very good pipes; and as there's six of them, you and I can break one a-piece if we like, Terry, without its mattering.Little Miss Peggy|Mrs. Molesworth
If he was a mere bully he sneaked off, mattering that he should find a time.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
As for its not mattering—but you don't know who is downstairs.When a Man's Single|J. M. Barrie
You will notice that their port is in the east, mattering not what wind may be blowing where you are.Reading the Weather|Thomas Morris Longstreth
"It is beautiful country, Deane," she said, as if that were the thing mattering just then.Fidelity|Susan Glaspell
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
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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