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Substance meaning

substance - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. that which has mass and occupies space; " an atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter"
  2. 2. Same as Hypostasis, 2.
  3. 3. That which underlies all outward manifestations; substratum; the permanent subject or cause of phenomena, whether material or spiritual; that in which properties inhere; that which is real, in distinction from that which is apparent; the abiding part of any existence, in distinction from any accident; that which constitutes anything what it is; real or existing essence.
  4. 4. The most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport.
  5. 5. Body; matter; material of which a thing is made; hence, substantiality; solidity; firmness; as, the substance of which a garment is made; some textile fabrics have little substance.
  6. 6. Material possessions; estate; property; resources.
  7. 7. To furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich.
  8. 8. That in which qualities exist; essential part; body; matter; property.

substance - examples of usage

  1. He knew perfectly well what he wished to say, and had arranged not only the substance, but the order in which he was to say it. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. Mary laughed, and said " No." Mr. Clacton then told them the substance of the joke, which, however, depended a good deal for its success upon the expression which the artist had put into the people's faces. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. The substance of his account shall now be given; that the two may be compared. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
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