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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Material  \Ma*te"ri*al\,  n. 
  The  substance  or  matter  of  which  anything  is  made  or  may  be 
  {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 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Material  \Ma*te"ri*al\,  v.  t. 
  To  form  from  matter;  to  materialize.  [Obs.]  --Sir  T.  Browne. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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; 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  concerned  with  worldly  rather  than  spiritual  interests; 
  "material  possessions";  "material  wealth";  "material 
  2:  derived  from  or  composed  of  matter;  "the  material  universe" 
  [ant:  {immaterial}] 
  3:  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" 
  [ant:  {immaterial}] 
  4:  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:  having  material  or  physical  form  or  substance;  "that  which 
  is  created  is  of  necessity  corporeal  and  visible  and 
  tangible"  -  Benjamin  Jowett  [syn:  {corporeal}]  [ant:  {incorporeal}] 
  6:  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  [syn:  {substantial},  {real}] 
  [ant:  {insubstantial}] 
  n  1:  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"  [syn:  {stuff}] 
  2:  information  (data  or  ideas  or  observations)  that  can  be 
  reworked  into  a  finished  form  "the  archives  provided  rich 
  material  for  a  definitive  biography" 
  3:  something  made  by  weaving  or  felting  or  knitting  or 
  crocheting  natural  or  synthetic  fibers  [syn:  {fabric},  {cloth}, 
  4:  equipment  needed  for  doing  or  making  something  "writing 
  materials"  or  "birth-control  material" 
  5:  a  person  judged  suitable  for  admission  or  employment;  "he 
  was  university  material";  "she  was  vice-presidential 
  6:  written  material  (especially  in  books  or  magazines);  "he 
  always  took  some  reading  matter  with  him  on  the  plane" 
  [syn:  {matter}] 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  MATERIAL,  adj  Having  an  actual  existence,  as  distinguished  from  an 
  imaginary  one  Important. 
  Material  things  I  know  or  fell,  or  see 
  All  else  is  immaterial  to  me 
  Jamrach  Holobom 

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