- 1. material, stuff, substance
- usage: 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. material, information, info
- usage: 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. fabric, cloth, material, textile, artifact, artefact
- usage: 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. material, equipment
- usage: things needed for doing or making something; "writing materials"; "useful teaching materials"
- 5. material, applicant, applier
- usage: a person judged suitable for admission or employment; "he was university material"; "she was vice-presidential material"
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- 1. material, worldly (vs. unworldly), secular, temporal
- usage: concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests; "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material comforts"
- 2. material (vs. immaterial), physical, physical, substantial#3, real#7, material
- usage: derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe"
- 3. material (vs. immaterial), crucial
- usage: 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. material, physical (vs. mental)
- usage: 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 (vs. incorporeal), material, bodily, bodied, corporal, corporate, embodied, incarnate, reincarnate, bodied
- usage: having material or physical form or substance; "that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" - Benjamin Jowett
- 6. substantial (vs. insubstantial), real, material, material
- usage: 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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