What is matter?

  • (noun): That which has mass and occupies space.
    Example: "An atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter"
    Synonyms: substance
    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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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 ... 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 ...
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... Her essay entitled, "The Fourth State of Matter," was originally published in The New Yorker ... However, the story in Dark Matter has substantial differences in plot and character motivation ...
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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... 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 ...
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 classical ... 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 ...

More definitions of "matter":

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

Famous quotes containing the word matter:

    He was some kind of man. What does it matter what you say about people?
    Orson Welles (1915–1985)

    I suggested to them also the great desirability of a general knowledge on the Island of the English language. They are under an English speaking government and are a part of the territory of an English speaking nation.... While I appreciated the desirability of maintaining their grasp on the Spanish language, the beauty of that language and the richness of its literature, that as a practical matter for them it was quite necessary to have a good comprehension of English.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933)

    The people who resent me do so because I’m a woman, I’m young, and I’m a Bhutto. Well, the simple answer is, it doesn’t matter that I’m a woman, it doesn’t matter that I’m young, and it’s a matter of pride that I’m a Bhutto.
    Benazir Bhutto (b. 1953)