English - Etymology
From Middle English material, from Late Latin materialis, from Latin materia "wood, material, substance" from mater "mother". Displaced native Middle English andweorc, andwork (“material, matter”) (from Old English andweorc (“matter, substance, material”)).
English - Adjective
- Having to do with matter; consisting of matter.
- Worldly, as opposed to spiritual.
- You've made several material contributions to this project.
- This is the most material fact in this lawsuit.
English - Noun
- Matter which may be shaped or manipulated, particularly in making something.
- Text written for a specific purpose.
- A sample or specimens for study.
1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
- With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get […]
- 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
- Cloth to be made into a garment.
- A person who is qualified for a certain position or activity.
- Related data of various kinds, especially if collected as the basis for a document or book.
- The substance that something is made or composed of.