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Definition of "matter" []

  • Something that occupies space and can be perceived by one or more senses; a physical body, a physical substance, or the universe as a whole. (noun)
  • Physics Something that has mass and exists as a solid, liquid, gas, or plasma. (noun)
  • A specific type of substance: inorganic matter. (noun)
  • Discharge or waste, such as pus or feces, from a living organism. (noun)
  • Philosophy In Aristotelian and Scholastic use, that which is in itself undifferentiated and formless and which, as the subject of change and development, receives form and becomes substance. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "matter" in a sentence
  • "~ In all the changes which matter can undergo, whether physical or chemical, two factors must be taken into account, namely, _energy_ and _matter_."
  • ""By appropriation it enables _new matter to assume similar qualities to old matter_.""
  • "Neither did the apostles determine the matter (as hath been said) by apostolical authority from immediate revelation: but they assembled together with the elders, _to consider of the matter_, ver. 6, and a _multitude of brethren_ together with them, ver. 12, 22, 23; and after searching out the cause by an ordinary means of disputation, ver."