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Definition of MATERIAL

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Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, a. [L. materialis, fr. materia stuff, matter: cf. F. mat['e]riel. See {Matter}, and cf. {Mat['e]riel}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies. [1913 Webster]

              The material elements of the universe. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

     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; as, material well-being; material comforts. [1913 Webster]

     3. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of consequence; not be dispensed with; important; significant. [1913 Webster]

              Discourse, which was always material, never trifling.                             --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

              I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down only such as are most material to our present purpose.                              --Locke. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Logic.) Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See {Matter}. [1913 Webster]

     {Material cause}. See under {Cause}.

     {Material evidence} (Law), evidence which conduces to the proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Corporeal; bodily; important; weighty; momentous; essential. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, v. t.
     To form from matter; to materialize. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, n.
     The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made. [1913 Webster]

     {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 material. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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