Material is a broad term for a chemical substance or mixture of substances that constitute a thing.
In the metaphysical sense, materials can be anything something else is consisting of, whether pure or impure, a singular composite or a complex mix, living or non-living matter, whether natural or man-made, either concrete or abstract. Materials can be classified based on different properties such as physical and chemical properties (see List of materials properties), geological, biological, choreographical, or philosophical properties. In the physical sense, materials are studied in materials science.
In industry, materials are inputs to production or manufacturing processes. They may either be raw material, that is, unprocessed, or processed before being used in more advanced production processes, either by distillation or synthesis (synthetic materials).
Types of materials include:
Biomaterial, of biological origin
Composite material, composed of multiple materials with differing physical properties
Textiles, sometimes referred to as "material"
According to the philosopher Piyush Mathur (2017), "Tangibility is the property that a phenomenon exhibits if it has and/or transports mass and/or energy and/or momentum."
A commonplace understanding of "tangibility" renders it as an attribute allowing something to be perceptible to the senses.
In criminal law, one of the elements of an offense of larceny is that the stolen property must be tangible.
In the context of intellectual property, expression in tangible form is one of the requirements for copyright protection.
In the context of international tax law, art. 5(1) of the OECD Model Tax Treaty requires to date a permanent establishment to consist of a tangible place of business. This is problematic concerning the taxation of the Digital Economy.
Having to do with matter; consisting of matter.
"This compound has a number of interesting material properties."
Worldly, as opposed to spiritual.
"Don't let material concerns get in the way of living a happy life."
"You've made several material contributions to this project."
"This is the most material fact in this lawsuit."
Matter which may be shaped or manipulated, particularly in making something.
"Asphalt, composed of oil and sand, is a widely used material for roads."
Text written for a specific purpose.
"We were a warm-up act at the time; we didn't have enough original material to headline."
A sample or specimens for study.
Cloth to be made into a garment.
"You'll need about a yard of material to make this."
The people collectively who are qualified for a certain position or activity.
"John Doe is a great governor, and I also believe he is presidential material."
"He is not the only one. I believe we have lots of presidential material in various public offices."
Related data of various kinds, especially if collected as the basis for a document or book.
The substance that something is made or composed of.
To form from matter; to materialize.
Touchable; able to be felt; touch
Possible to be treated as fact; real or concrete.
Comprehensible by the mind; understandable.
A physical object, something that can be touched.
Real or concrete results.
"Yes, but what are the tangibles?"
Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies.
Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of man, as distinguished from the mental or moral nature; relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts; as, material well-being; material comforts.
Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of consequence; not be dispensed with; important; significant.
Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter.
The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made.
To form from matter; to materialize.
Perceptible to the touch; tactile; palpable.
Capable of being possessed or realized; readily apprehensible by the mind; real; substantial; evident.
the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object;
"coal is a hard black material"
"wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form;
"the archives provided rich material for a definitive biography"
things needed for doing or making something;
"useful teaching materials"
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers;
"the fabric in the curtains was light and semitraqnsparent"
"woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"
"she measured off enough material for a dress"
a person judged suitable for admission or employment;
"he was university material"
"she was vice-presidential material"
concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests;
derived from or composed of matter;
"the material universe"
directly relevant to a matter especially a law case;
"his support made a material difference"
"evidence material to the issue at hand"
"facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts"
"a material witness"
concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being;
"the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"
having material or physical form or substance;
"that which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible"
having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary;
"the substantial world"
"a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"
"most ponderous and substantial things"
perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch;
"skin with a tangible roughness"
possible to be treated as fact;
"his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"
(of especially business assets) having physical substance and intrinsic monetary value ;
"tangible property like real estate"
"tangible assets such as machinery"
capable of being perceived by the senses or the mind; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt;
"a barely palpable dust"
"felt sudden anger in a palpable wave"
"the air was warm and close--palpable as cotton"
having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses;
"a physical manifestation"
"surrounded by tangible objects"