matter Idioms & Phrases


as a matter of fact

  • adverb in reality or actuality
    in fact; in point of fact.
    • in fact, it was a wonder anyone survived
    • painters who are in fact anything but unsophisticated
    • as a matter of fact, he is several inches taller than his father
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back matter

  • noun written matter following the main text of a book
    back matter.
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conservation of matter

  • noun a fundamental principle of classical physics that matter cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system
    law of conservation of mass; conservation of matter; conservation of mass.
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crux of the matter

  • noun the most important point
    crux.
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dark matter

  • noun (cosmology) a hypothetical form of matter that is believed to make up 90 percent of the universe; it is invisible (does not absorb or emit light) and does not collide with atomic particles but exerts gravitational force
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Dead matter

  • (Print.), type which has been used, or which is not to be used, in printing, and is ready for distribution.
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end matter

  • noun written matter following the main text of a book
    back matter.
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faecal matter

  • noun solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels
    ordure; dejection; BM; stool; faecal matter; feces; faeces.
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fecal matter

  • noun solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels
    ordure; dejection; BM; stool; faecal matter; feces; faeces.
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for that matter

  • adverb as far as that is concerned
    • for that matter I don't care either
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front matter

  • noun written matter preceding the main text of a book
    prelims.
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gray matter

  • noun greyish nervous tissue containing cell bodies as well as fibers; forms the cerebral cortex consisting of unmyelinated neurons
    grey substance; substantia grisea; gray matter; gray substance.
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grey matter

  • noun greyish nervous tissue containing cell bodies as well as fibers; forms the cerebral cortex consisting of unmyelinated neurons
    grey substance; substantia grisea; gray matter; gray substance.
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in fiscal matters

  • adverb in financial matters
    fiscally.
    • fiscally irresponsible
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law of conservation of matter

  • noun a fundamental principle of classical physics that matter cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system
    law of conservation of mass; conservation of matter; conservation of mass.
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Live matter

  • (Print.), type set up, but not yet printed from.
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Matter in bar, Matter of fact

  • . See under Bar, and Fact.
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matter of course

  • noun an inevitable ending
    foregone conclusion.
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matter of fact

  • noun a disputed factual contention that is generally left for a jury to decide
    question of fact.
  • noun a matter that is an actual fact or is demonstrable as a fact
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matter of law

  • noun a disputed legal contention that is generally left for a judge to decide
    question of law.
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Matter of record

  • anything recorded.
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matter to

  • verb be of importance or consequence
    interest.
    • This matters to me!
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matter-of-course

  • adjective satellite expected or depended upon as a natural or logical outcome
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matter-of-fact

  • adjective satellite not fanciful or imaginative
    prosaic.
    • local guides describe the history of various places in matter-of-fact tones
    • a prosaic and unimaginative essay
  • adjective satellite concerned with practical matters
    pragmatical; pragmatic.
    • a matter-of-fact (or pragmatic) approach to the problem
    • a matter-of-fact account of the trip
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Mat"ter-of-fact" adjective

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  1. Adhering to facts; not turning aside from absolute realities; not fanciful or imaginative; commonplace; dry.
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no matter

  • adverb in spite of everything; without regard to drawbacks
    irrespective; disregarding; regardless; disregardless.
    • he carried on regardless of the difficulties
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no matter what happens

  • adverb in spite of all obstacles
    whatever may come; come hell or high water.
    • we'll go to Tibet come hell or high water
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nontextual matter

  • noun photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication
    graphics; art; artwork.
    • the publisher was responsible for all the artwork in the book
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particulate matter

  • noun a small discrete mass of solid or liquid matter that remains individually dispersed in gas or liquid emissions (usually considered to be an atmospheric pollutant)
    particulate.
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personal matters

  • noun matters of personal concern
    personal business; affairs.
    • get his affairs in order
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pictorial matter

  • noun illustrations used to decorate or explain a text
    picture.
    • the dictionary had many pictures
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Quantity of matter

  • in a body, its mass, as determined by its weight, or by its momentum under a given velocity.
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state of matter

  • noun (chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container)
    state.
    • the solid state of water is called ice
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subject matter

  • noun what a communication that is about something is about
    content; message; substance.
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subject-matter

Sub"ject-mat`ter noun

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  1. The matter or thought presented for consideration in some statement or discussion; that which is made the object of thought or study.
    As to the subject-matter, words are always to be understood as having a regard thereto. Blackstone.
    As science makes progress in any subject-matter, poetry recedes from it. J. H. Newman.
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tabular matter

  • noun information set out in tabular form
    tabulation.
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textual matter

  • noun the words of something written
    text.
    • there were more than a thousand words of text
    • they handed out the printed text of the mayor's speech
    • he wants to reconstruct the original text
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To make conscience of, To make a matter of conscience

  • to act according to the dictates of conscience concerning (any matter), or to scruple to act contrary to its dictates.
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To make no matter

  • to have no weight or importance; to make no difference.
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Uniform matter

  • that which is all of the same kind and texture; homogenous matter.
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Upon the matter, ∨ Upon the whole matter

  • considering the whole; taking all things into view.
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vegetable matter

  • noun matter produced by plants or growing in the manner of a plant
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waste matter

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

  • noun whitish nervous tissue of the CNS consisting of neurons and their myelin sheaths
    substantia alba.
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written matter

  • noun matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials
    copy.
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