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material Idioms & Phrases


abrasive material

  • noun a substance that abrades or wears down
    abrasive; abradant.
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absorbent material

  • noun a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance
    absorbent.
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adhesive material

  • noun a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together
    adhesive agent; adhesive.
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adsorbent material

  • noun a material having capacity or tendency to adsorb another substance
    adsorbent.
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animal material

  • noun material derived from animals
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bedding material

  • noun material used to provide a bed for animals
    bedding; litter.
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building material

  • noun material used for constructing buildings
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coloring material

  • noun any material used for its color
    color; colour; coloring material.
    • she used a different color for the trim
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colouring material

  • noun any material used for its color
    color; colour; coloring material.
    • she used a different color for the trim
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combustible material

  • noun a substance that can be burned to provide heat or power
    combustible.
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composite material

  • noun strong lightweight material developed in the laboratory; fibers of more than one kind are bonded together chemically
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contrast material

  • noun a substance that is opaque to x-rays; when administered it allows a radiologist to examine the organ or tissue it fills
    contrast medium.
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covering material

  • noun a material used by builders to cover surfaces
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create from raw material

  • verb make from scratch
    create from raw stuff.
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creating from raw materials

  • noun the act of creating something that is different from the materials that went into it
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fencing material

  • noun material for building fences
    fencing.
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Formed material

  • (Biol.), a term employed by Beale to denote the lifeless matter of a cell, that which is physiologically dead, in distinction from the truly germinal or living matter.
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insulating material

  • noun a material that reduces or prevents the transmission of heat or sound or electricity
    insulation; insulant.
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material body

  • noun alternative names for the body of a human being
    form; figure; flesh; soma; frame; physique; anatomy; shape; chassis; build; human body; physical body; bod.
    • Leonardo studied the human body
    • he has a strong physique
    • the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
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material breach

  • noun a breach serious enough to destroy the value of the contract and to give a basis for an action for breach of contract
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Material cause

  • . See under Cause.
Webster 1913

Material evidence

  • (Law), evidence which conduces to the proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis. Wharton.
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material possession

  • noun property or belongings that are tangible
    tangible possession.
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material resource

  • noun assets in the form of material possessions
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material witness

  • noun a witness whose testimony is both relevant to the matter at issue and required in order to resolve the matter
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materials handling

  • noun act of loading and unloading and moving goods within e.g. a factory especially using mechanical devices
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packing material

  • noun any material used especially to protect something
    wadding; packing.
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paving material

  • noun material used to pave an area
    pavement; paving.
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photographic material

  • noun light-sensitive paper on which photograph can be printed
    photographic paper.
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piece of material

  • noun a separate part consisting of fabric
    piece of cloth.
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plant material

  • noun material derived from plants
    plant substance.
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promotional material

  • noun a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution
    packaging; promotion; publicity.
    • the packaging of new ideas
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radioactive material

  • noun material that is radioactive
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Raw material

  • noun material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing
    staple.
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  • 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.
  • material that has not been subjected to a (specified) process of manufacture; as, ore is the raw material used in smelting; leather is the raw material of the shoe industry.
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reading material

  • noun written material intended to be read
    reading.
    • the teacher assigned new readings
    • he bought some reading material at the airport
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roofing material

  • noun building material used in constructing roofs
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sealing material

  • noun any substance used to seal joints or fill cracks in a porous surface
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semiconducting material

  • noun a substance as germanium or silicon whose electrical conductivity is intermediate between that of a metal and an insulator; its conductivity increases with temperature and in the presence of impurities
    semiconductor.
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sorbent material

  • noun a material that sorbs another substance; i.e. that has the capacity or tendency to take it up by either absorption or adsorption
    sorbent.
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source materials

  • noun publications from which information is obtained
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upholstery material

  • noun the fabric used in upholstering
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waste material

  • noun any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted
    waste; waste matter; waste product.
    • they collect the waste once a week
    • much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers
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waste of material

  • noun a useless consumption of material
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written material

  • noun the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
    piece of writing; writing.
    • the writing in her novels is excellent
    • that editorial was a fine piece of writing
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