substance meaning

[ 'sʌbstəns ] Pronunciation:   "substance" in a sentence
Noun: substance  súbstuns
  1. The real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
    "DNA is the substance of our genes" 
  2. The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
    - kernel, core, center [US], centre [Brit, Cdn], essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty 
  3. The idea that is intended
    - meaning 
  4. Material of a particular kind or constitution
    "the immune response recognizes invading substances" 
  5. Considerable capital (wealth or income)
    - means 
  6. What a communication that is about something is about
    - message, content, subject matter 
  7. A particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties
    "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man" 
  8. The property of holding together and retaining its shape
    - consistency, consistence, body

Derived forms: substances

See also: substantial, thick, thin

Type of: capital, cognitive content, communication, component, component part, constituent, content, idea, matter, mental object, part, physical entity, portion, property, thought

Encyclopedia: Substance

That which is essential; it is used in opposition to form.

It is a general rule, that on any issue it is sufficient to prove the substance of the issue. For example, in a case where the defendant pleaded payment of the principal sum and all interest due, and it appeared in evidence that a gross sum was paid, not amounting to the full interest, but accepted by the plaintiff as full payment, the proof was held to be sufficient.

1 : physical material from which something is made or which has discrete existence ‹the substance of nerve tissue›
2 : matter of particular or definite chemical constitution
3 : something (as drugs or alcoholic beverages) deemed harmful and usu. subject to legal restriction ‹possession of a controlled substance› ‹has a substance problem›


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  1. earthworms may produce antibiotic substances.
  2. we will consider first a newtonian substance.
  3. alcohol is a solvent of resinous substances.
  4. this is an acrid and pungent substance.
  5. the articles are long-winded and devoid of substance.

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