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Matter Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • that which has mass and occupies space; "an atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter"
  • (used with negation) having consequence; "they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
  • a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
  • a problem; "is anything the matter?"
  • 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"
  • written works (especially in books or magazines); "he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
  • have weight; have import, carry weight; "It does not matter much"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • that which has mass and occupies space; "an atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter" ,
  • a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well" ,
  • 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" ,
  • a problem; "is anything the matter?" ,
  • (used with negation) having consequence; "they were friends and it was no matter who won the games" ,
  • written works (especially in books or magazines); "he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"

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Matter Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Matter is the substance of which all material is made. That means objects which have mass. More specifically, they must have rest mass, which is a form of energy that matter has even when it isn't moving (it has no kinetic energy), is extremely cold (it has no thermal energy), etc. Matter is a word that is sometimes used in varying ways in everyday life, whereas mass is a well-defined concept and quantity at least in physics. They are not the same thing, though they are related.

Ordinary matter is made of tiny particles called atoms. The atoms have spaces between them and they move or vibrate all the time. The particles move faster and move further apart when heated, and the reverse when cooled.



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* No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished - Lee Iacocca

* Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of the citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible. - Hubert Humphrey

* I don't believe I'll ever get credit for anything I do in foreign affairs, no matter how successful it is, because I didn't go to Harvard. - Lyndon B. Johnson


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  • Dark Matter Murder Mystery: Is Weird Substance Destroying Neutron Stars?
    The mysterious substance that makes up most of the matter in the universe may be destroying neutron stars by turning them into black holes in the center of the Milky Way, new research suggests. If astronomers successfully detect a neutron star dying at the metaphorical hands of dark matter, such a finding could yield critical insights on the elusive properties of Read more on this news related to 'Matter'
  • Not Particles, But Chunks: Dark Matter Gets Stranger
    Dark matter may not be made of tiny particles as most scientists believe, but instead may consist of large chunks of strange matter anywhere from the size of an apple to an asteroid, researchers said. Currently one of the greatest mysteries in science, the invisible substance called dark matter is thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the universe. Yet n Read more on this news related to 'Matter'
  • Dark Matter's New Wrinkle: It May Behave Like Wavy Fluid
    The mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the matter in the universe may behave more like wavy fluids than solid particles, helping to explain the shapes of galaxies, a new study suggests. Dark matter is one of the greatest mysteries in the cosmos. The scientific consensus is that dark matter is composed of a new type of particle, one that interacts very we Read more on this news related to 'Matter'

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