[ suhb-stuhns ]
/ ˈsʌb stəns /
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.
consistency; body: soup without much 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.
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Idioms for substance
- concerning the essentials; substantially.
- actually; really: That is in substance how it appeared to me.
Origin of substance
synonym study for substance
1. See matter.
OTHER WORDS FROM substancesub·stance·less, adjective
Words nearby substance
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British Dictionary definitions for substanceless
/ (ˈsʌbstəns) /
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 densitya vacuum has no substance
material possessions or wealtha 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
Derived forms of substancesubstanceless, adjective
Word Origin for substance
C13: via Old French from Latin substantia, from substāre, from sub- + stāre to stand
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Medical definitions for substanceless
[ sŭb′stəns ]
That which has mass and occupies space; matter.
A material of a particular kind or constitution.
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Idioms and Phrases with substanceless
see in substance; sum and substance.
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