- 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
There was a lot of positive feedback from people interested in non-gender binary people.
To borrow an old right-wing talking point, these people are angry no matter what we do.
She ultimately ditched JSwipe after about a week and found her current, non-Jewish, boyfriend on OkCupid.
An atheist counsels his fellow non-believers on how not to talk to people of faith.
The end of conventional childbirth might only be a matter of time.
I assure you, no matter how beautifully we play any piece, the minute Liszt plays it, you would scarcely recognize it!Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
I hate to be long at my toilette at any time; but to delay much in such a matter while travelling is folly.
The expatriated ex-rebels became alarmed by the non-receipt of the indemnity instalment and the news from their homes.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
“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
He also states that the Audiencia is virtually non-existent, and so there is no high court in which justice may be sought.
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
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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