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 for material
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, a. [L. materialis, fr. materia stuff,
     matter: cf. F. mat['e]riel. See Matter, and cf.
     Mat['e]riel.]
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     1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical;
        as, material substance or bodies.
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              The material elements of the universe. --Whewell.
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     2. Hence: 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.
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     3. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of
        consequence; not be dispensed with; important;
        significant.
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              Discourse, which was always material, never
              trifling.                             --Evelyn.
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              I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down
              only such as are most material to our present
              purpose.                              --Locke.
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     4. (Logic.) Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form,
        of a thing. See Matter.
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     Material cause. See under Cause.
  
     Material evidence (Law), evidence which conduces to the
        proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis. --Wharton.
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     Syn: Corporeal; bodily; important; weighty; momentous;
          essential.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, v. t.
     To form from matter; to materialize. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, n.
     The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be
     made.
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     Raw material, any crude, unfinished, or elementary
        materials that are adapted to use only by processes of
        skilled labor. Cotton, wool, ore, logs, etc., are raw
        material.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  material
      adj 1: concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests;
             "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material
             comforts"
      2: derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe"
         [ant: immaterial, nonmaterial]
      3: 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" [ant:
         immaterial]
      4: concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from
         intellectual or psychological well-being; "material needs";
         "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens"-
         T.Roosevelt
      5: having material or physical form or substance; "that which is
         created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible" -
         Benjamin Jowett [syn: corporeal, material] [ant:
         immaterial, incorporeal]
      6: 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"- Shakespeare [syn: substantial, real, material]
         [ant: insubstantial, unreal, unsubstantial]
      n 1: 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" [syn: material,
           stuff]
      2: 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"
      3: artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting
         natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was
         light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in
         Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough
         material for a dress" [syn: fabric, cloth, material,
         textile]
      4: things needed for doing or making something; "writing
         materials"; "useful teaching materials"
      5: a person judged suitable for admission or employment; "he was
         university material"; "she was vice-presidential material"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  384 Moby Thesaurus words for "material":
     Adamic, Circean, Formica, Masonite, Philistine, a propos, ab ovo,
     absolute, abundance, accumulation, actual, ad rem, adducible,
     admissible, air, amassment, animal, animalistic, apparatus,
     appertaining, applicable, applying, apposite, appreciable,
     appropriate, apropos, asphalt, atom, atomic particles, atoms,
     attestative, attestive, authentic, backlog, ballpoint pen, basal,
     based on, basic, beastlike, beastly, bedrock, being, belonging,
     bestial, bibliography, big, big-league, big-name, big-time, bigwig,
     bigwigged, blackboard, blacktop, bodily, body of knowledge,
     body of learning, brick, brutal, brute, brute matter, brutish,
     budget, building block, canvas, cardinal, carnal, carnal-minded,
     carpeting, central, certain, chalk, chemical element,
     circumstantial, clapboard, cloth, coarse, cobblestone, collection,
     commissariat, commissary, component, components, conclusive,
     concrete, consequential, considerable, constituent, constituents,
     constitutive, convincing, core, cork tile, cornucopia, corporal,
     corporeal, crayon, cumulation, cumulative, cyclopedia, damning,
     data, decisive, determinative, distillate, distillation,
     documentary, documentation, documented, documents, double-barreled,
     drapery, dump, earth, earthly, earthshaking, earthy, element,
     elemental, elementary, elementary particle, elementary unit,
     elements, elixir, encyclopedia, entity, equipment, eraser, essence,
     essential, etoffe, evidential, evidentiary, ex parte, eye-witness,
     fabric, facts, factual, fallen, felt, fiber glass, figures, final,
     fire, firsthand, flag, flagging, flagstone, fleshly, flooring,
     focal, founded on, fundamental, fundamental particle, gear,
     germane, gist, goods, grand, great, gross, grounded on, gut,
     habiliments, heap, hearsay, heart, heavyweight, high-powered,
     hoard, hyle, hylic, hypostasis, implicit, important, in point,
     incontrovertible, indicative, indispensable, indisputable,
     individual, information, ingredient, ink, inkhorn, inkstand,
     inkwell, inventory, invisible ink, involving, irrefutable,
     irresistible, kernel, lace, lapsed, larder, lay, lead pencil,
     life-and-death, life-or-death, linoleum, literature, lore, macadam,
     machinery, major, marrow, mass, material world, materialistic,
     materiality, materials, materiate, materiel, matter, meaningful,
     means, meat, medium, molecule, momentous, monad, mundane,
     munitions, name, napery, natural world, nature, nib, nonspiritual,
     notes, nub, nuncupative, object, objective, of the essence,
     of vital importance, orgiastic, original, outfit, overwhelming,
     palpable, pantile, paper, papers, paraphernalia, parquet, pavement,
     pavestone, paving, pen, perceptible, pertaining, pertinent,
     phenomenal, physical, physical world, pile, pith, plasterboard,
     plenitude, plenty, plenum, plume, plywood, ponderable,
     postlapsarian, presumptive, primal, primary, primitive, probative,
     provisionment, provisions, publications, quill, quintessence,
     radical, rag, rations, real, reed, relevant, reliable, repertoire,
     repertory, research, resources, rick, roofage, roofing,
     roofing paper, sap, secular, self-important, sensible, sensual,
     serious, shake, sheathing board, sheeting, shingle, siding,
     significant, silk, slate, solid, somatic, soul, spirit, spun glass,
     stack, statistics, stencil, stock, stock-in-trade, stockpile,
     stone, store, store of knowledge, stores, stuff, style, stylograph,
     stylus, substance, substantial, substantive, substratum,
     suggestive, sum and substance, superior, supplies, supply on hand,
     sure, swinish, sympathetic ink, symptomatic, system of knowledge,
     table, tablet, tackle, tackling, tangible, tar paper, telling,
     temporal, terrestrial, textile, textile fabric, texture, thatch,
     the four elements, tile, tilestone, tiling, tissu, tissue,
     to the point, to the purpose, treasure, treasury,
     treasury of information, true, underlying, unit of being,
     unspiritual, valid, veneer, vital, wainscoting, wallboard, walling,
     wallpaper, water, weatherboard, weave, web, weft, weighty, wood,
     woof, wool, world-shaking, worldly
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MATERIALS. Everything of which anything is made.
       2. When materials are furnished to a workman he is bound to use them 
  according to his contract, as a tailor is bound to employ the cloth I 
  furnish him with, to make me a coat that shall fit me, for if he so make it 
  that I cannot wear it, it is not a proper employment of the materials. But 
  if the undertaker use ordinary skill and care, he will not be responsible, 
  although the materials may be injured; as, if a gem be delivered to a 
  jeweler, and it is broken without any unskillfulness, negligence or rashness 
  of the artisan, he will not be liable. Poth. Louage, n. 428. 
       3. The workman is to use ordinary diligence in the care of the 
  materials entrusted with him, or to exercise that caution which a prudent 
  man takes of his own affairs, and he is also bound to preserve them from any 
  unexpected danger to which they may be exposed. 1 Gow. R. 30; 1 Camp. 138. 
       4. When there is no special contract between the parties, and the 
  materials perish while in the possession of the workman or undertaker, 
  without his default, either by inevitable casualty, by internal defect, by 
  superior force, by robbery or by any peril not guarded against by ordinary 
  diligence, he is not responsible. This is the case only when the material 
  belongs to the employer and the workman only undertakes to put his work upon 
  it. But a distinction must be observed in the case when the employer has 
  engaged a workman to make him an article out of his own materials, for in 
  that case the employer has no property in it, until the work be completed, 
  and the article be delivered to him; if, in the mean time, the thing 
  perishes, it is the loss of the workman, who is wholly its owner, according 
  to the maxim res perit domino. In the former case the employer is the owner; 
  in the latter the workman; in the first case it is a bailment, in the second 
  a sale of the thing in futuro. Domat. B. 1, t. 4, Sec. 7, n. 3; Id. B. 1, t. 
  4, Sec. 8, n. 10. 
       5. Another distinction must be made in the case when the thing given by 
  the employer was to become the property of the workman, and an article was 
  to be made out of similar materials, and before its completion it perished. 
  In this case the title to the thing having passed to the workman, the loss 
  must be his. 1 Blackf. 353; 7 Cowen, 752, 756, note; 21 Wend. 85; 3 Mason, 
  478; Dig. 19, 2, 31; 1 Bouv. Inst. 1006-7. 
       6. In some of the states by their laws persons who furnish materials 
  for the construction of a building, have a lien against such building for 
  the payment of the value of such materials. See Lien of Mechanics. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  MATERIAL, adj.  Having an actual existence, as distinguished from an
  imaginary one.  Important.
  
      Material things I know, or fell, or see;
      All else is immaterial to me.
                                                        Jamrach Holobom
  

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