What is matter?

  • (noun): A vaguely specified concern.
    Synonyms: affair, thing
    See also — Additional definitions below

Matter

Matter is generally considered to be a substance (often a particle) that has rest mass and (usually) also volume. The volume is determined by the three-dimensional space it occupies, while the mass is defined by the usual ways that mass is measured (see the article on mass). Matter is also a general term for the substance of which all observable physical objects consist.

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State - Science and Technology - Chemistry
... State of matter, solid, liquid or vapour phases of matter ... it describes the organization of matter in a phase Chemical state, the electronic, chemical and physical nature of an element ...
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... Her essay entitled, "The Fourth State of Matter," was originally published in The New Yorker ... Loosely based on Gang Lu's story, Chinese director Chen Shi-zheng made a feature film, Dark Matter, starring Liu Ye and Meryl Streep ... However, the story in Dark Matter has substantial differences in plot and character motivation ...
List Of Musical Instruments By Hornbostel-Sachs Number - Instruments That Do Not Fit Into Any of The Above Five Categories - Hydraulophones
... Sachs numbers describe instruments that make sound from matter in its solid state ... fourth HS number describes instruments that make sound from matter in its gaseous state (air) ... designed, and made, that make sound from matter in its liquid state ...
Matter Of Rome
... According to the medieval poet Jean Bodel, the Matter of Rome was the literary cycle made up of Greek and Roman mythology, together with episodes from ... Bodel divided all the literary cycles he knew best into the Matter of Britain, the Matter of France and the Matter of Rome (although "non-cyclical" romance also existed) ... The Matter of Rome also included what is referred to as the Matter of Troy, consisting of romances and other texts based on the Trojan War and its aftereffects, including the adventures of Aeneas ...
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... Bone's subject matter has both spiritual and occult undertones (e.g ... At first, their subject matter was almost always exclusively about violence, death and smoking marijuana ... Today, however, their subject matter includes other topics such as urban socio-political issues, positive messages, their old friend and mentor Eazy-E and religion ...

More definitions of "matter":

  • (noun): (used with negation) having consequence.
    Example: "They were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
  • (noun): Written works (especially in books or magazines).
    Example: "He always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
  • (verb): Have weight; have import, carry weight.
    Example: "It does not matter much"
    Synonyms: count, weigh
  • (noun): Some situation or event that is thought about.
    Example: "It is a matter for the police"
    Synonyms: topic, subject, issue
  • (noun): That which has mass and occupies space.
    Example: "An atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter"
    Synonyms: substance
  • (noun): A problem.
    Example: "Is anything the matter?"

Famous quotes containing the word matter:

    The universe may or may not be very immense.
    As a matter of fact there are times when I am apt
    To feel it close in tight against my sense
    Like a caul in which I was born and still am wrapped.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    When we run over libraries persuaded of these principles, what havoc must we make? If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames; for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
    David Hume (1711–1776)

    I suppose any note, no matter how sour, sounds like a song if you hold onto it long enough.
    Dewitt Bodeen (1908–1988)