Definition of "material" [ma•te•ri•al]

  • (noun) The substance or substances out of which a thing is or can be made.
  • (noun) Something, such as an idea or information, that is to be refined and made or incorporated into a finished effort: material for a comedy.
  • (noun) Tools or apparatus for the performance of a given task: writing materials.
  • (noun) Yard goods or cloth.
  • (noun) A person who is qualified or suited for a position or activity: The members of the board felt that she was vice-presidential material.

Use "material" in a sentence

  • "If the pigeonholes are arranged in alphabetical order, for example, he may find all related material, _provided he knows the name of every related group of material_, even though very similar things may bear names as far apart as A and Z."
  • "And so with all material conditions; I say _material_, for in the spiritual life we see these things more truly as they are, and not as they appear."
  • "United States, or no existing nation (relatively to the age), has never attained the point of artistic, ├Žsthetic, social or material perfection of the Greco-Roman States; yet they fell, as I have just said, to slavery and ruin, not so much from the blows of the barbarians, as from the dissolving influence of a _material civilization_, resulting inevitably in public and private impotence and demoralization."

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