What is substance?

  • (noun): That which has mass and occupies space.
    Synonyms: matter
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "substance":

  • (noun): The idea that is intended.
    Synonyms: meaning
  • (noun): Considerable capital (wealth or income).
    Synonyms: means
  • (noun): The stuff of which an object consists.

Famous quotes containing the word substance:

    What makes literature interesting is that it does not survive its translation. The characters in a novel are made out of the sentences. That’s what their substance is.
    Jonathan Miller (b. 1936)

    Strong be thy wallis that about the standis;
    Wise be the people that within the dwellis;
    Fresh is thy ryver with his lusty strandis;
    Blith be thy chirches, wele sownyng be thy bellis;
    Riche be thy merchauntis in substance that excellis
    Fair be thy wives, right lovesom, white and small;
    Clere be thy virgyns, lusty under kellis:
    London, thou art the flour of Cities all.
    William Dunbar (c. 1465–c. 1530)

    We are nothing but ceremony; ceremony carries us away, and we leave the substance of things; we hang on to the branches and abandon the trunk and body.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)