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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Some articles on matter:

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 ...
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 the history of ... 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 ... 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 ...
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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 ...
Krayzie - Style and Technique
... 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 ...
List Of Musical Instruments By Hornbostel-Sachs Number - Instruments That Do Not Fit Into Any of The Above Five Categories - Hydraulophones
... The first three Hornbostel Sachs numbers describe instruments that make sound from matter in its solid state ... The fourth HS number describes instruments that make sound from matter in its gaseous state (air) ... Recently a number of instruments have been invented, designed, and made, that make sound from matter in its liquid state ...

More definitions of "matter":

  • (noun): That which has mass and occupies space.
    Example: "An atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter"
    Synonyms: substance
  • (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"
  • (noun): Some situation or event that is thought about.
    Example: "It is a matter for the police"
    Synonyms: topic, subject, issue
  • (verb): Have weight; have import, carry weight.
    Example: "It does not matter much"
    Synonyms: count, weigh
  • (noun): A problem.
    Example: "Is anything the matter?"

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