Meaning of matter
Pronunciation: (mat'ur), [key]
- the substance or substances of which any physical object consists or is composed: the matter of which the earth is made.
- physical or corporeal substance in general, whether solid, liquid, or gaseous, esp. as distinguished from incorporeal substance, as spirit or mind, or from qualities, actions, and the like.
- something that occupies space.
- a particular kind of substance: coloring matter.
- a situation, state, affair, or business: a trivial matter.
- an amount or extent reckoned approximately: a matter of 10 miles.
- something of consequence: matter for serious thought.
- importance or significance: decisions of little matter.
- difficulty; trouble (usually prec. by the): There is something the matter.
- ground, reason, or cause: a matter for complaint.
- the material or substance of a discourse, book, etc., often as distinguished from its form.
- things put down in words, esp. printed: reading matter.
- things sent by mail: postal matter.
- a substance discharged by a living body, esp. pus.
- that which by integrative organization forms chemical substances and living things.
- Aristotelianism.that which relates to form as potentiality does to actuality.
- statement or allegation.
- material for work; copy.
- type set up.
- the concept of substance shaped by the limitations of the human mind.
- something of vital or crucial importance.
- in reality; actually; in fact: As a matter of fact, there is no substance to that rumor.
- as far as that is concerned; as for that: For that matter, you are no better qualified to judge than I.
- We'll never finish on time, no matter how hard we work.
- regardless or irrespective of:We'll never finish on time, no matter how hard we work.
- it is unimportant; it makes no difference:No matter, this string will do as well as any other.
- to be of importance; signify: It matters little.
- to suppurate.
- matter (Thesaurus)