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"


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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