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spoken English42.95%written English57.05% conversational speech27.2%task-oriented speech72.8% imaginative writing45%informational writing55%
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Definition of the noun matter

What does matter mean as a name of something?

Matter is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: matters

  1. a vaguely specified concern
    • example: several matters to attend to
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of matter: affair / thing
    • more generic word: concern = something that interests you because it is important or affects you
    • more specific word: least = something that is of no importance
  2. some situation or event that is thought about
    • example: it is a matter for the police
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of matter: issue / subject / topic
    • more generic terms: cognitive content / content / mental object = the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
    • more specific terms:
      • area = a subject of study
      • blind spot = a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment
      • remit = the topic that a person, committee, or piece of research is expected to deal with or has authority to deal with
      • res adjudicata / res judicata = a matter already settled in court
  3. that which has mass and occupies space
    • example: physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • more generic term: physical entity = an entity that has physical existence
    • more specific terms:
      • substance = the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
      • substance = a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties
      • sediment / deposit = matter that has been deposited by some natural process
      • ylem = the original matter that (according to the big bang theory) existed before the formation of the chemical elements
      • dark matter = a hypothetical form of matter that is believed to make up 90 percent of the universe
      • antimatter = matter consisting of elementary particles that are the antiparticles of those making up normal substances
      • glop = any gummy shapeless matter
      • fluid = continuous amorphous matter that tends to flow and to conform to the outline of its container: a liquid or a gas
      • sludge / slime / gook / goop / guck / gunk / muck / ooze / goo = any thick, viscous matter
      • system = a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium
      • residue = matter that remains after something has been removed
      • solid = matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure
      • solute = the dissolved matter in a solution
      • emanation = something that is emitted or radiated
      • vegetable matter = matter produced by plants or growing in the manner of a plant
  4. a problem
    • example: is anything the matter?
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: problem / trouble = a source of difficulty
  5. (used with negation) having consequence
    • example: they were friends and it was no matter who won the games
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: consequence / import / moment = having important effects or influence
  6. written works (especially in books or magazines)

Alternative definition of the noun matter


  1. [physics] The basic structural component of the universe. Matter usually has mass and volume.
  2. [physics] Matter made up of normal particles, not antiparticles. (Non-antimatter matter).
  3. A kind of substance.
  4. A condition, subject or affair, especially one of concern.
  5. An approximate amount or extent.
  6. Written material (especially in books or magazines)
  7. [philosophy] Aristotelian: undeveloped potentiality subject to change and development; formlessness. Matter receives [term, form] and becomes [term, substance].

Definition of the verb matter

What does matter mean as a doing word?

Matter is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: mattered | mattering | matters

  1. have weight; have import, carry weight
    • example: It does not matter much
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Cause] [Verb]Stuff mattersVerbs of Psychological State: appeal
      [Cause] [Verb] to [Experiencer]This painting appeals to Malinda
      it [Verb] [Cause, that-complement clause]It matters that they leftMatter Verbs: count
      it [Verb] to [Experiencer] [Cause, that-complement clause]It matters to me that they were wrong
      [Cause] [Verb]It matters
      [Cause] [Verb] to [Experiencer]It matters to me
      [Cause, that-complement clause] [Verb]That he came matters
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of matter: count / weigh
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific words: press / weigh = to be oppressive or burdensome

Alternative definition of the verb matter


  1. [intransitive] To be important.
  2. [transitive, obsolete except dialectal] To care about, to mind; to find important.


Matter is a musical group.


mAtter is a record label.


Matter is a fictional film character.


  1. "Matter" is a musical album of Uwe Schmidt.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  2. "Matter" is a composition.
  3. "Matter" is a musical album of Mild Peril.
    • released on
  4. "Matter" is a musical EP of Clouds.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  5. "Matter" is a musical EP of Obsidian Kingdom.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  6. "Matter" is a musical single of OVERWERK.
    • released on
  7. "Matter" is a musical album of The Simpletons.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  8. "Matter" is a composition.
  9. "Matter" is a musical album of The Image of a Group.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  10. "Matter" is a musical album of The Tape-Beatles.


  1. "Matter" is a science fiction novel from Iain M. Banks set in his Culture universe. It was published on 25 January 2008.
    • language: English Language
    • author: Iain Banks
    • genres: Science Fiction, Speculative fiction
    • subject: Anarchism
    • copyright: 2008
    • released in (7 years ago)
    • award:
      • Prometheus Award for Best Novel nomination for Iain Banks
      • Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel nomination for Iain Banks
  2. "Matter" is a book by Christopher Cooper.
  3. "Matter" is a book by John Thorpe.
    • also known as "Matter: [poems]"


"Matter" is a cancelled video game for the Xbox 360. It would have used the Kinect peripheral.


  1. Matter: Before the 20th century, the term matter included ordinary matter composed of atoms and excluded other energy phenomena such as light or sound. This concept of matter may be generalized from atoms to include any objects having mass even when at rest, but this is ill-defined because an object's mass can arise from its constituents' motion and interaction energies. Thus, matter does not have a universal definition, nor is it a fundamental concept in physics today. Matter is also used loosely as a general term for the substance that makes up all observable physical objects.
    • also known as Thực thể vật chất, 物质
  2. Matter is the substrate from which physical existence is derived, remaining more or less constant amid changes. The word "matter" is derived from the Latin word māteria, meaning "wood" in the sense "material", as distinct from "mind" or "form".
    • also known as Vật chất
  3. MATTER is an online publication specializing in long-form articles about science, technology, medicine and the environment. The site launched in November 2012 with "Do No Harm", a 7,800-word article about a controversial treatment for a rare neurological condition.
  4. Matter was a London music venue and nightclub that opened in September 2008, after three years of planning. A 2,600 capacity live music venue and nightclub, it was the second project for owners Cameron Leslie and Keith Reilly, founders of the London club Fabric. Matter is the third venue to open at The O₂ in south-east London.
  5. Matter is an ad agency.

Phrases with Matter

Phrases starting with the word Matter:

  1. matter to
  2. matter of law
  3. matter of fact
  4. Matter of Time
  5. matter-of-fact

Phrases ending with the word Matter:

  1. no matter
  2. to matter
  3. end matter
  4. back matter
  5. dark matter
  6. gray matter
  7. grey matter
  8. fecal matter
  9. front matter
  10. waste matter
  11. white matter
  12. faecal matter
  13. A Small Matter
  14. Organic matter

Other phrase containing the word Matter:

  1. No Matter What

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Matter

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Google previewHandbook of Coal Analysis (2005)

by James G. Speight

The term mineral matter refers to the inorganic constituents of coal and is all of the elements that are not part of the organic coal substance (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur) (Table 5.1). The mineral matter is the principal source ...

Google previewAppendix to the Journals of the Senate and Assembly (1874)

Matter is any thing to which the properties of, form, density, indestructibility, inertia &c, can be applied. Mass is any quantity of atoms united by cohesion. Density relates to the cohesion of bodies; the}T being more or less dense in proportion ...

Google previewPre-scholastic and scholastic philosophy (1911)

by Albert Stöckl

Matter is that which is indeterminate in itse f, but capable of determination.

Matter is the indeterminate but determinable element; Form is the determining element-—z';.e. it is a principle, within the object, giving it determinate character. Matter ...

Google previewWorks of Thomas Hill Green (2011)

by Thomas Hill Green, R. L. Nettleship

Matter is a congeries of relations constituted by thought; resulting from the presence of thought (a thinking subject) to feelings,

Google previewSoft Matter Physics (2013)

by Masao Doi

Soft matter is a class of materials which include polymers, colloids, surfactants, and liquid crystals. They are indispensable in our everyday life and in modern technology. For example, gels and creams are soft matter we use in everyday life.

Google previewSoviet Scholasticism (2012)

by J.E. Blakeley

Therefore, eternally moving and changing matter is the foundation and essence of the whole differentiated world.

Matter is that which, acting on our sense organs, produces sensation; matter is objective reality, given us in sensation, etc.

Google previewChildren and Adoption Act 2006 (2006)

Elizabeth II by Great Britain

The third matter is that the activity proposed to be specified is provided in a place to which the individual who would be subject to the direction (or the condition) can reasonably be expected to travel. (5) Before making such a direction (or ...

Google previewThe Practical Farmer's Year Book for ... (1899)

DRY MATTER is the portion remaining after removing or excluding the water. ASH is what is left when the combustible part of a feeding stuff is burned away. It consists chiefly of lime, magnesia, potash, soda, iron, chlorin, and carbonic, ...

Google previewConcerning Being and Essence (2013)

by St. Thomas Aquinas,

Matter is to form as genus is to species, from which it is to be understood that as matter is that which is differentiated by formal act in the natural order, so genus is that which is differentiated by the intellective act in the rational order. And indeed ...

Google previewPDQ Histology (2003)

by David H. Cormack

Gray matter is an intimate assortment of neuronal and glial cell bodies embedded in an entwined mass of nerve fibers (many without a myelin sheath) termed the neuropil (see Figure 6-3). White matter is a more structured arrangement of ...

Google previewPierre Nicole, Jansenist and Humanist (2012)

A Study of His Thought by E.D. James

Matter is a dead and senseless mass, Nicole continues, adopting the Cartesian view.

Google previewThe Philosophical Dictionary: Or, the Opinions of Modern Philosophers on Metaphysical, Moral, and Political Subjects. In Four Volumes. Vol. 1. [-4.] (1786)


We weigh, we measure, we analyse, we decompound matter; but on offering to go a step beyond these operations, we find ourfelves bewildered, and an abyss opens before us.

Google previewA Dictionary of Surgery; or the young surgeon's pocket assistant (1796)

by Benjamin LARA

matter will be pressed into the cavity' of the belly; but if it be in the 'art itself, no alteration takes place; and farther, if1 there be two lumbar absceffes, by compreffing, one will fill thc other. A stone in the kidnies has been taken for this disease; but ...

Google previewA Compendious Dictionary of the Veterinary Art: containing a concise explanation of the various terms used in veterinary medicine and surgery, etc (1817)

by James WHITE (Veterinary Surgeon.)

cessary, and the only application to the wound should be the anodyne fomentation, until the inflammation and fever have subsided, and the wound discharges white healthy looking matter, free from any offensive smell. At this period it is often ...

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Usage statistics about matter

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun matter:

spoken English42.95%written English57.05% conversational speech27.2%task-oriented speech72.8% imaginative writing45%informational writing55%

Usage statistics for the verb matter:

conversational speech64.5%task-oriented speech35.5%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun matter:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb matter:


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Quotes about Matter

No matter how much you've won, no matter how many games, no matter how many championships, no matter how many Super Bowls, you're not winning now, so you stink. (Bill Parcells)
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Scrabble value of M3A1T1T1E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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