n.1.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.
He is the matter of virtue.
- B. Jonson.
2.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.
3.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.
Every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge.
- Ex. xviii. 22.
4.That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do; concern; affair; business.
5.Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; - chiefly in the phrases what matter? no matter, and the like.
A prophet some, and some a poet, cry;
No matter which, so neither of them lie.
- Dryden.
6.Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble.
7.Amount; quantity; portion; space; - often indefinite.
Away he goes, . . . a matter of seven miles.
- L' Estrange.
I have thoughts to tarry a small matter.
- Congreve.
8.Substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess; pus; purulent substance.
9.(Metaph.) 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.
10.(Print.) 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.
Dead matter
(Print.) type which has been used, or which is not to be used, in printing, and is ready for distribution.
Live matter
(Print.) type set up, but not yet printed from.
Matter in bar
See under Bar, and Fact.
Matter of record
anything recorded.
Upon the matter
considering the whole; taking all things into view; all things considered.
v. i.1.To be of importance; to import; to signify.
[imp. & p. p. Mattered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mattering.]
2.To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate.
v. t.1.To regard as important; to take account of; to care for.
He did not matter cold nor hunger.
- H. Brooke.
Noun1.matter - that which has mass and occupies space; "an atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter"
Synonyms: substance
2.matter - a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
Synonyms: affair, thing
3.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"
Synonyms: subject, topic, issue
4.matter - a problem; "is anything the matter?"
5.matter - (used with negation) having consequence; "they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
6.matter - written works (especially in books or magazines); "he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
Verb1.matter - have weight; have import, carry weight; "It does not matter much"
Synonyms: count, weigh

MATTER. Some substantial or essential thing, opposed to form; facts.

MATTER, IMPERTINENT, Equity pleading. That which is altogether irrelevant to the case, that does not appertain or belong to it; id est, qui ad rem non pertinet. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4163. See Impertinent.

MATTER, SCANDALOUS, equity pleading. A false and malicious statement of facts, not relevant to the cause. But nothing which is positively relevant, however harsh or gross the charge may be, can be considered scandalous. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4163.
     2. A bill cannot by the general practice, be referred for impertinence after the defendant has answered, or submitted to answer, but it may be referred for scandal at any time, and even upon the application of a stranger to the suit, for he has the right to prevent the records of the court from being made the vehicle of spreading slanders against himself. Id. n. 41f 64.

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matte up
Matted glass
-- Matter --
Matter in bar
Matter in deed
Matter in pays
matter of course
matter of fact
matter of law
Matter of record
matter to
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