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English Dictionary: matter by the DICT Development Group
4 results for matter
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
    Synonym(s): matter, affair, thing
  2. some situation or event that is thought about; "he kept drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police"
    Synonym(s): topic, subject, issue, matter
  3. that which has mass and occupies space; "physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it"
  4. a problem; "is anything the matter?"
  5. (used with negation) having consequence; "they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
  6. written works (especially in books or magazines); "he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
  1. have weight; have import, carry weight; "It does not matter much"
    Synonym(s): count, matter, weigh
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Matter \Mat"ter\, n. [OE. matere, F. mati[8a]re, fr. L. materia;
      perh. akin to L. mater mother. Cf. {Mother}, {Madeira},
      1. That of which anything is composed; constituent substance;
            material; the material or substantial part of anything;
            the constituent elements of conception; that into which a
            notion may be analyzed; the essence; the pith; the
                     He is the matter of virtue.               --B. Jonson.
      2. That of which the sensible universe and all existent
            bodies are composed; anything which has extension,
            occupies space, or is perceptible by the senses; body;
      Note: Matter is usually divided by philosophical writers into
               three kinds or classes: solid, liquid, and a[89]riform.
               Solid substances are those whose parts firmly cohere
               and resist impression, as wood or stone. Liquids have
               free motion among their parts, and easily yield to
               impression, as water and wine. A[89]riform substances
               are elastic fluids, called vapors and gases, as air and
               oxygen gas.
      3. That with regard to, or about which, anything takes place
            or is done; the thing aimed at, treated of, or treated;
            subject of action, discussion, consideration, feeling,
            complaint, legal action, or the like; theme. [bd]If the
            matter should be tried by duel.[b8] --Bacon.
                     Son of God, Savior of men ! Thy name Shall be the
                     copious matter of my song.                  --Milton.
                     Every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but
                     every small matter they shall judge.   --Ex. xviii.
      4. That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do;
            concern; affair; business.
                     To help the matter, the alchemists call in many
                     vanities out of astrology.                  --Bacon.
                     Some young female seems to have carried matters so
                     far, that she is ripe for asking advice.
      5. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence;
            importance; significance; moment; -- chiefly in the
            phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like.
                     A prophet some, and some a poet, cry; No matter
                     which, so neither of them lie.            --Dryden.
      6. Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything
            disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble.
                     And this is the matter why interpreters upon that
                     passage in Hosea will not consent it to be a true
                     story, that the prophet took a harlot to wife.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Matter \Mat"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Mattered}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Mattering}.]
      1. To be of importance; to import; to signify.
                     It matters not how they were called.   --Locke.
      2. To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate. [R.]
            [bd]Each slight sore mattereth.[b8] --Sir P. Sidney.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Matter \Mat"ter\, v. t.
      To regard as important; to take account of; to care for.
               He did not matter cold nor hunger.         --H. Brooke.
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