that of which a thing consists; physical matter or material: form and substance.
a species of matter of definite chemical composition: a chalky substance.
the subject matter of thought, discourse, study, etc.
the actual matter of a thing, as opposed to the appearance or shadow; reality.
substantial or solid character or quality: claims lacking in substance.
the meaning or gist, as of speech or writing.
something that has separate or independent existence.
something that exists by itself and in which accidents or attributes inhere; that which receives modifications and is not itself a mode; something that is causally active; something that is more than an event.
the essential part of a thing; essence.
a thing considered as a continuing whole.
possessions, means, or wealth: to squander one's substance.
Linguistics. the articulatory or acoustic reality or the perceptual manifestation of a word or other construction (distinguished from form).
a standard of weights for paper.
Idioms about substance
- sub·stance·less, adjective
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How to use substance in a sentence
A judge in that case has yet to rule on most of the substance of Amazon’s lawsuit.Oracle loses appeal in $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract dispute | radmarya | September 2, 2020 | Fortune
This is a substance that can give a person immunity from a disease.
To keep a wormhole’s throat from collapsing, some substance with negative mass must prop it open.
We believe the substance and process for this important park planning policy needs more attention and significant changes.
These foreign invaders contain substances the body doesn’t recognize.
Scalise spoke briefly, adding little of substance, saying that the people back home know him best.
“Any time you put a foreign substance into anybody you have the potential for an adverse event,” Geisbert reminds.
Those with a slightly sleazier bent have dredged up reports of his weight gain, substance abuse, and arrest.D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ Was Worth Waiting 15 Years For | James Joiner | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
South Carolina and Alabama courts have already ruled late-pregnancy substance abuse can be considered a form of child abuse.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences | Emily Shire | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Things got even more serious when Cosby moved on to the subject of substance abuse and children.When Bill Cosby N-Bombed the Congressional Black Caucus | Asawin Suebsaeng | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In withdrawing aside sorrow remaineth: and the substance of the poor is according to his heart.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Its backbone should be the study of biology and its substance should be the threshing out of the burning questions of our day.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The nature both of this substance and the antecedent substance from which it is derived is not known.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
But this paper was a very tough, fibrous substance, and would resist quite a heavy blow as well as keep out the cold.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
There has always been a mystery connected with this remarkable substance.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for substance
the tangible matter of which a thing consists
a specific type of matter, esp a homogeneous material with a definite composition
the essence, meaning, etc, of a written or spoken thought
solid or meaningful quality
material density: a vacuum has no substance
material possessions or wealth: a man of substance
the supposed immaterial substratum that can receive modifications and in which attributes and accidents inhere
a thing considered as a continuing whole that survives the changeability of its properties
Christian Science that which is eternal
a euphemistic term for any illegal drug
in substance with regard to the salient points
- substanceless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with substance
see in substance; sum and substance.
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