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THEMES, TOPICS, ISSUES

Matter

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A subject under consideration, of discourse or of writing . . . . The events or circumstances of a particular situation . . . . Sensible or serious material as distinguished from nonsense or drollery . . . . The indeterminate subject of reality; esp: the element in the universe that undergoes formation and alteration

Material substance that occupies space, has mass, and is composed predominantly of atoms consisting of protons, neutrons, and electrons, that constitutes the observable universe, and that is interconvertible with energy . . . . A more or less definite amount or quantity

The formless substratum of all things which exists only potentially and upon which form acts to produce realities


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Matter n [ME matere, fr. OF, fr. L materia matter, physical substance, fr. matter] [13c] 1a: a subject under consideration b: a subject of disagreement or litigation c pl: the events or circumstances of a particular situation d: the subject or substance of a discourse or writing e: something of an indicated kind or having to do with an indicated field or situation [this is a serious __] [as a __ of policy] [__s of faith] f: something to be proved in law g obs: sensible or serious material as distinguished from nonsense or drollery h [1] obs: Reason, Cause [2]: a source esp. of feeling or emotion i: Problem, Difficulty 2a: the substance of which a physical object is composed b: material substance that occupies space, has mass, and is composed predominantly of atoms consisting of protons, neutrons, and electrons, that constitutes the observable universe, and that is interconvertible with energy c: a material substance of a particular kind or for a particular purpose [vegetable __] d [1]: material [as feces or urine] discharged from the living body [2]: material discharged by suppuration; pus 3a: the indeterminate subject of reality; esp: the element in the universe that undergoes formation and alteration b: the formless substratum of all things which exists only potentially and upon which form acts to produce realities 4: a more or less definite amount or quantity [cooks in a __ of minutes] 5: something written or printed 6: MAIL 7 Christian Science; the illusion that the objects perceived by the physical senses have the reality of substance -For that matter: So far as that is concerned --No matter: Without regard to: irrespective of [points in the same direction no matter how it is tilted] -The matter: Wrong [nothing's the matter with me]

2 Matter vi [1530] 1: to form or discharge pus: Suppurate [--ing wound 2: to be of importance: signify

Matter of course [1739]: Something that is to be expected as a natural or logical consequence

Matter-of-fact adj [1712]: Adhering to the unembellished facts; also: being plain, straightforward, or unemotional

[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]




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