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substance (particular kind, species)

Definition:

a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties

Class:

noun (persons, places, or things)

Plural:

substances

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man

Etymology:

"essential nature", from Old French substance (12th century), from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Collins Dictionary:

substance | in substance [sense-specific] | substanceless [adjective, derived]

the tangible matter of which a thing consists | a specific type of matter, especially a homogeneous material with a definite composition | the ... (22 of 554 words, 11 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

substance | in substance

a particular kind of matter with uniform properties | an intoxicating, stimulating, or narcotic chemical or drug, especially an illegal one | the real ... (22 of 265 words, 11 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/substance

Merriam-Webster:

substance | in substance | meaning [synonym, sense-specific] | property [synonym, sense-specific] | fundamentally [synonym, sense-specific] | usefulness [synonym, sense-specific] | essence [synonym, sense-specific] | god [synonym, sense-specific] | material [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

essential nature; "essence" ; a fundamental or characteristic part or quality ; [Christian Science] "god" [sense-specific] | ultimate reality that ... (19 of 262 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

substance | substances [plural] | a man/woman/person of substance | in substance

[countable] a particular type of liquid, solid, or gas | a drug that people can start to depend on, especially an illegal drug | [uncountable] the ... (24 of 230 words, 7 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Random House Dictionary:

substance | in substance [sense-specific] | controlled substance [sense-specific]

that of which a thing consists; physical matter or material. | a species of matter of definite chemical composition. | "controlled substance" | the ... (21 of 203 words, 14 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/substance

Wikipedia:

Substance [disambiguation]

may refer to: Chemical substance, a material with a definite chemical composition | Drug substance | Substance abuse, drug-related healthcare and social policy diagnosis or label | Substance dependence, drug-related healthcare and social policy... (31 of 169 words, 13 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Substance

Columbia Encyclopedia:

substance

in philosophy, term used to denote the changeless substratum presumed in some philosophies to be present in all being. Aristotle defined substance as ... (23 of 162 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0847072​.html

New World Dictionary:

substance

the real or essential part or element of anything; essence, reality, or basic matter | the physical matter of which a thing consists; material ; ... (24 of 84 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/substance

American Heritage Dictionary:

substance

That which has mass and occupies space; matter. | A material of a particular kind or constitution. | Essential nature; essence. | Gist; heart. | That ... (22 of 83 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/substance

Cambridge Dictionary:

substance [entry 1] | illegal substance

material with particular physical characteristics | "illegal substance": [formal] an illegal drug (11 of 30 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

substance [entry 2, formal]

importance, seriousness or relationship to real facts (7 of 33 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Wiktionary:

substance | substances [plural] | substaunce [archaic, sense-specific] | material [synonym, sense-specific]

Physical matter; material. | The essential part of anything; the most vital part. | Considerable wealth or resources. | Drugs (illegal narcotics) (19 of 21 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/substance

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

Encarta Dictionary:

substance | substances [plural]

a kind of matter or material | physical reality that can be touched and felt | real or practical value or importance | wealth in the form of money and ... (27 of 114 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861716582​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

substance

First use: about 1300

Origin: "essential nature", from Old French substance (12th century), from Latin substantia "being, essence, material", from substans, ... (18 of 72 etymology words)

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

substance

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin substantia, from substāns, substant-, present participle of substāre, to be ... (17 of 28 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

substance

Origin: Middle English (denoting the essential nature of something): from Old French, from Latin substantia "being, essence", from substant- ... (18 of 24 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/substance

Merriam-Webster:

substance

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin substantia, from substant-, substans, present participle of substare to ... (17 of 24 etymology words)

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

Wiktionary:

substance | substances [plural]

Origin: Old French substance, from Latin substantia ("substance, essence"), from substāns, present active participle of substō ("exist; literally, stand under"), from sub + stō ("stand").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/substance

New World Dictionary:

substance

Origin: Old French from Latin substantia from substare, to be present from sub-, under + stare, to "stand"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/substance

Collins Dictionary:

substance

First use: 13th century

Origin: via Old French from Latin substantia, from substāre, from sub- + stāre to stand

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

Encarta Dictionary:

substance | substances [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French from Latin substantia "essence" (translation of Greek hupostasis) from substare, literally "stand under" from stare "to stand"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861716582​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

substance | substances [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "substance"

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Collins Dictionary:

substance

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "substance"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

substance | substances [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "substance"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

substance | substances [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "substance"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

substance [entry 2, formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "substance"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "substance"

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

the Free Dictionary:

substance

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Google Dictionary:

substance | substances [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "substance"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

substance

Audio: North American pronunciation of "substance"

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YourDictionary Audio:

substance

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freedictionary.org:

substance

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