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Overview of noun material

The noun material has 5 senses? (first 4 from tagged texts)
1. (73) material, stuff

(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")

2. (34) material

(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")

3. (7) fabric, cloth, material, textile

(artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress")

4. (5) material

(things needed for doing or making something; "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials")

5. material

(a person judged suitable for admission or employment; "he was university material"; "she was vice-presidential material")


Overview of adj material

The adj material has 6 senses? (first 4 from tagged texts)
1. (5) material

(concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests; "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material comforts")

2. (3) material

(derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe")

3. (1) material

(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")

4. (1) material

(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)

5. corporeal, material

(having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett)

6. substantial, real, material

(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)

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