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matter (physical entity)

Definition:

that which has mass and occupies space

Class:

noun (persons, places, or things)

Plural:

matters

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it

Etymology:

"material of thought, speech, or expression", from Anglo-French matere, from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of matter...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Matter

a poorly-defined term in science. The term has often been used in reference to a substance that has rest mass. Matter is also used loosely as a general term for the substance that makes up all observable physical objects. All objects we see with the... (45 of 8990 words, 9 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Matter

Matter (disambiguation)

the substance of which objects are made. Matter may also refer to: Matter, a concept in philosophy | Matter, a novel by Iain M Banks | matter (venue), a venue in the O2 London | Matter, an upcoming video game for the Xbox 360 | Matter... (42 of 122 words, 9 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Matter (disambiguation)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

matter [physics] | H2[chemical formula]

material substance that constitutes the observable universe and, together with energy, forms the basis of all objective phenomena. At the most ... (21 of 771 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/369668​/matter

Collins Dictionary:

matter | for that matter [sense-specific] | grey matter [sense-specific] | no matter [sense-specific] | the matter [sense-specific] | material [synonym, sense-specific] | affair [synonym, sense-specific] | importance [synonym, sense-specific] | concern [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

that which makes up something, especially a physical object; material | substance that occupies space and has mass, as distinguished from substance ... (21 of 695 words, 20 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/matter

Macmillan British Dictionary:

matter | matters [plural] | the matter | as a matter of fact | as a matter of routine/course | as a matter of urgency/priority | for that matter | the heart/crux/nub of the matter | the little/small matter of something | ...

[countable] something that you are discussing, considering, or dealing with | "the matter": used for talking about problems or bad situations | ... (20 of 513 words, 17 definitions, 23 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/matter

matter [intransitive, verb] | mattered [past tense] | mattering [present participle] | matters [3rd-person singular present] | it matters

to be important | "it matters": used especially in questions and negative statements when you are talking about whether something is important | used ... (22 of 148 words, 3 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/matter 27

Oxford Dictionary:

matter | matters | the matter | a matter of/for | for that matter | in the matter of | it is only a matter of time | a matter of | a matter of course | ...

physical substance in general, as distinct from mind and spirit; (in ... | [with adjective] : a particular substance | written or printed material | ... (22 of 490 words, 26 definitions, 23 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/matter

Merriam-Webster:

matter [entry 1, noun] | as a matter of fact | for that matter | no matter | no matter what | the matter | matters [plural] | pus [synonym, sense-specific] | mail [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a subject under consideration ; a subject of disagreement or litigation ; ... | the substance of which a physical object is composed ; material ... (24 of 475 words, 12 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/matter

matter [entry 2, verb] | suppurate [synonym, sense-specific] | signify [synonym, sense-specific] | count [synonym, sense-specific] | import [synonym, sense-specific] | mean [synonym, sense-specific] | weigh [synonym, sense-specific] | affect [similar, sense-specific] | concern [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to form or discharge pus; "suppurate" | to be of importance; "signify" (11 of 85 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/matter show=1

Random House Dictionary:

matter | a matter of life and death [sense-specific] | as a matter of fact [sense-specific] | for that matter [sense-specific] | no matter [sense-specific]

the substance or substances of which any physical object consists or is composed. | physical or corporeal substance in general, whether solid, liquid, ... (22 of 342 words, 24 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/matter

New World Dictionary:

matter

what a thing is made of; constituent substance or material | what all (material) things are made of; whatever occupies space and is perceptible to the ... (25 of 308 words, 16 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/matter

American Heritage Dictionary:

matter | mattered [past tense] | mattering [present participle] | matters [3rd-person singular present]

Something that occupies space and can be perceived by one or more senses; a physical body, a physical substance, or the universe as a whole. | ... (25 of 230 words, 14 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/matter

Cambridge Dictionary:

matter [entry 1] | matters | to make matters worse | be a matter of confidence/luck/waiting, etc. | be a matter of confidence, etc. | be a matter of luck, etc. | be a matter of waiting, etc. | be no laughing matter

a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered | "matters": [plural] the situation being dealt with or being discussed | "to make ... (23 of 171 words, 5 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/matter 1

matter [entry 2] | the matter

the reason for pain, worry or a problem (8 of 47 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/matter 2

matter [entry 3]

physical substance in the universe (5 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/matter 3

matter [entry 4]

a substance or things of a particular type (8 of 35 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/matter 4

matter [entry 5, singular]

used in expressions describing how small an amount or period of time is (13 of 46 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/matter 5

matter [entry 6]

to be important, or to affect what happens (8 of 74 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/matter 6

Wiktionary:

matter | mattered [past tense] | mattering [present participle] | matters [3rd-person singular present] | material [synonym, sense-specific] | stuff [synonym, sense-specific] | substance [synonym, sense-specific]

[physics] The basic structural component of the universe. Matter usually has mass and volume. | [physics] Matter made up of normal particles, not antiparticles. (Non-antimatter matter). | A kind of substance. | A condition, subject or affair,... (34 of 134 words, 9 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/matter

Columbia Encyclopedia:

matter

anything that has mass and occupies space. Matter is sometimes called koinomatter (Gr. "koinos"=common) to distinguish it from antimatter, or matter ... (21 of 26 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0832242​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

matter | matters [plural] | mattered [past tense] | mattering [present participle] | hylo- [affix]

something that is being considered or needs to be dealt with | the reason why something is wrong or not working properly, or why somebody is annoyed, ... (26 of 353 words, 12 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861678531​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

matter

First use: about 1300

Origin: "material of thought, speech, or expression", from Anglo-French matere, from Latin materia "substance from which something is made", ... (20 of 120 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=matter

Wiktionary:

matter | mattered [past tense] | mattering [present participle] | matters [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English mater, matere, from Anglo-Norman matere, materie, from Old French materie, matiere, from Latin materia ("matter, stuff, material"), derivative of Latin mater ("mother"). Displaced native Middle English ... (28 of 45 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/matter

American Heritage Dictionary:

matter | mattered [past tense] | mattering [present participle] | matters [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French matere, from Latin māteria, wood, timber, matter, from māter, mother ... (15 of 31 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/matter

New World Dictionary:

matter

Origin: Middle English matiere from Old French from Latin materia, material, stuff, wood ( from base of mater, "mother"), originally, the ... (20 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/matter

Collins Dictionary:

matter

First use: 13th century

Origin: (n), 16th century (vb): from Latin māteria cause, substance, esp wood, or a substance that produces something else; related to māter mother

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/matter

Oxford Dictionary:

matter | matters | the matter | a matter of/for

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from Latin materia "timber, substance", also "subject of discourse", from mater "mother"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/matter

Merriam-Webster:

matter [entry 1, noun]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English matere, from Anglo-French, from Latin materia matter, physical substance, from mater

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/matter

Encarta Dictionary:

matter | matters [plural] | mattered [past tense] | mattering [present participle]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Directly or via Anglo-Norman materie, French matière from Latin materia "timber, stuff" from mater "mother"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861678531​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

matter | mattered [past tense] | mattering [present participle] | matters [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "matter"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/matter

Collins Dictionary:

matter

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "matter"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/matter

Macmillan British Dictionary:

matter | matters [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "matter"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/matter

matter [intransitive, verb] | mattered [past tense] | mattering [present participle] | matters [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "matter"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

matter | matters [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "matter"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/matter

matter [intransitive, verb] | mattered [past tense] | mattering [present participle] | matters [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "matter"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/matter 27

Cambridge Dictionary:

matter [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "matter"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "matter"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/matter 1

the Free Dictionary:

matter

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "matter"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "matter"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "matter" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/matter

Google Dictionary:

matter | matters [plural] | mattered [past tense] | mattering [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "matter"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=matter

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

matter

Audio: North American pronunciation of "matter"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=matter​01 word=matter

YourDictionary Audio:

matter

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "matter" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/matter

freedictionary.org:

matter

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "matter" by speech synthesizer

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