Word definition: material

Defiintion of material:

[n] things needed for doing or making something; "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials"
[n] information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form; "the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography"
[n] a person judged suitable for admission or employment; "he was university material"; "she was vice-presidential material"
[n] the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
[adj] having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare
[adj] derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe"
[adj] having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett
[adj] directly relevant to a matter especially a law case; "his support made a material difference"; "evidence material to the issue at hand"; "facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts"; "a material witness"
[adj] concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being; "material needs"; "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"- T.Roosevelt
[adj] concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests; "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material comforts"

Synonyms of material:

bodied, bodily, cloth, corporal, corporate, corporeal, crucial, embodied, fabric, incarnate, physical, real, reincarnate, relevant, stuff, substantial, tangible, textile, touchable, worldly

Antonyms of material:

immaterial, incorporeal, insubstantial, nonmaterial, unreal, unsubstantial

See Also:

aba, abradant, abrasive, abrasive material, acrylic, adhesive, adhesive material, Aertex, alpaca, animal material, applicant, applier, artefact, artifact, atom, baize, basket weave, batik, batiste, belting, bimetal, boucle, broadcloth, brocade, buckram, builder, bunting, calico, cambric, camelhair, camel's hair, camlet, camo, camouflage, canopy, Canton flannel, canvas, canvass, cashmere, cerecloth, challis, chambray, chemical, chenille, chiffon, chino, chino cloth, chintz, coating, color, coloring material, colour, colouring material, composite material, conductor, contaminant, contamination, copy, cord, corduroy, cotton, cotton cloth, cotton flannel, crape, crepe, cretonne, crinoline, damask, denim, detergent builder, detritus, diamagnet, diamonte, diaper, dielectric, dimity, discharge, doeskin, drapery, duck, duffel, duffle, dungaree, dust, earth, edging, elastic, elastomer, emission, equipment, etamin, etamine, faille, felt, fiber, fiber, fibre, fibre, fill, filling, floc, floccule, fluff, foam, ground, HAZMAT, homogenate, impregnation, info, information, insulator, jean, lubricant, lubricating substance, lubricator, material, matter, mineral, molecule, mote, nonconductor, packaging, packing, packing material, paper, particle, plant material, radioactive material, railing, raw material, rehash, rind, rock, roofing, sealing material, sorbate, sorbent, sorbent material, speck, staple, stone, substance, thickener, thickening, toner, translucent substance, transparent substance, vernix, vernix caseosa, vulcanized fiber, wadding, waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product

Webster Dictionary (1913) for material:

\Ma*te"ri*al\, a. [L. materialis, fr. materia stuff,
matter: cf. F. mat['e]riel. See {Matter}, and cf.
1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical;
   as, material substance or bodies.

         The material elements of the universe. --Whewell.

2. Hence: Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of
   man, as distinguished from the mental or moral nature;
   relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts.

3. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of
   cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important.

         Discourse, which was always material, never
         trifling.                             --Evelyn.

         I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down
         only such as are most material to our present
         purpose.                              --Locke.

4. (Logic.) Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form,
   of a thing. See {Matter}.

{Material cause}. See under {Cause}.

{Material evidence} (Law), evidence which conduces to the
   proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis. --Wharton.

Syn: Corporeal; bodily; important; weighty; momentous;

\Ma*te"ri*al\, n. The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made. {Raw material}, any crude, unfinished, or elementary materials that are adapted to use only by processes of skilled labor. Cotton, wool, ore, logs, etc., are raw material.
\Ma*te"ri*al\, v. t. To form from matter; to materialize. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.