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Definition of matter:

  1. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; - chiefly in the phrases what matter ? no matter, and the like.
  2. Amount; quantity; portion; space; - often indefinite.
  3. Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble.
  4. Substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess; pus; purulent substance.
  5. 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 embodiment.
  6. 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; substance.
  7. That which is permanent, or is supposed to be given, and in or upon which changes are effected by psychological or physical processes and relations; - opposed to form.
  8. That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do; concern; affair; business.
  9. 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.
  10. To be of importance; to import; to signify.
  11. To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate.
  12. To regard as important; to take account of; to care for.
  13. Written manuscript, or anything to be set in type; copy; also, type set up and ready to be used, or which has been used, in printing.


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Usage examples:

  • But no matter, of course."

    - "The Wrong Twin", Harry Leon Wilson.
  • Says there's something the matter at home.

    - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  • No matter, it's true.

    - "Indian Summer", William D. Howells.