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

  Matter \Mat"ter\, n. [OE. matere, F. mati[`e]re, fr. L. materia;
     perh. akin to L. mater mother. Cf. Mother, Madeira,
     1. That of which anything is composed; constituent substance;
        material; the material or substantial part of anything;
        the constituent elements of conception; that into which a
        notion may be analyzed; the essence; the pith; the
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              He is the matter of virtue.           --B. Jonson.
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     2. That of which the sensible universe and all existent
        bodies are composed; anything which has extension,
        occupies space, or is perceptible by the senses; body;
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     Note: Matter is usually divided by philosophical writers into
           three kinds or classes: solid, liquid, and gaseous.
           Solid substances are those whose parts firmly cohere
           and resist impression, as wood or stone. Liquids have
           free motion among their parts, and easily yield to
           impression, as water and wine. Gaseous substances are
           elastic fluids, called vapors and gases, as air and
           oxygen gas.
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     3. That with regard to, or about which, anything takes place
        or is done; the thing aimed at, treated of, or treated;
        subject of action, discussion, consideration, feeling,
        complaint, legal action, or the like; theme. "If the
        matter should be tried by duel." --Bacon.
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              Son of God, Savior of men! Thy name
              Shall be the copious matter of my song. --Milton.
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              Every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but
              every small matter they shall judge.  --Ex. xviii.
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     4. That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do;
        concern; affair; business.
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              To help the matter, the alchemists call in many
              vanities out of astrology.            --Bacon.
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              Some young female seems to have carried matters so
              far, that she is ripe for asking advice.
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     5. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence;
        importance; significance; moment; -- chiefly in the
        phrases what matter? no matter, and the like.
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              A prophet some, and some a poet, cry;
              No matter which, so neither of them lie. --Dryden.
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     6. Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything
        disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble.
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              And this is the matter why interpreters upon that
              passage in Hosea will not consent it to be a true
              story, that the prophet took a harlot to wife.
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     7. Amount; quantity; portion; space; -- often indefinite.
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              Away he goes, . . . a matter of seven miles. --L'
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              I have thoughts to tarry a small matter. --Congreve.
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              No small matter of British forces were commanded
              over sea the year before.             --Milton.
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     8. Substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which
        is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess;
        pus; purulent substance.
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     9. (Metaph.) That which is permanent, or is supposed to be
        given, and in or upon which changes are effected by
        psychological or physical processes and relations; --
        opposed to form. --Mansel.
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     10. (Print.) Written manuscript, or anything to be set in
         type; copy; also, type set up and ready to be used, or
         which has been used, in printing.
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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
     Live matter (Print.), type set up, but not yet printed
     Matter in bar, Matter of fact. See under Bar, and
     Matter of record, anything recorded.
     Upon the matter, or Upon the whole matter, considering
        the whole; taking all things into view; all things
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              Waller, with Sir William Balfour, exceeded in horse,
              but were, upon the whole matter, equal in foot.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Matter \Mat"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Mattered; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Mattering.]
     1. To be of importance; to import; to signify.
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              It matters not how they were called.  --Locke.
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     2. To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate. [R.]
        "Each slight sore mattereth." --Sir P. Sidney.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Matter \Mat"ter\, v. t.
     To regard as important; to take account of; to care for.
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           He did not matter cold nor hunger.       --H. Brooke.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend
           to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
           [syn: matter, affair, thing]
      2: some situation or event that is thought about; "he kept
         drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the
         subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police"
         [syn: topic, subject, issue, matter]
      3: that which has mass and occupies space; "physicists study
         both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it"
      4: a problem; "is anything the matter?"
      5: (used with negation) having consequence; "they were friends
         and it was no matter who won the games"
      6: written works (especially in books or magazines); "he always
         took some reading matter with him on the plane"
      v 1: have weight; have import, carry weight; "It does not matter
           much" [syn: count, matter, weigh]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  326 Moby Thesaurus words for "matter":
     activities, activity, ado, affair, affairs, air, ambition, amount,
     amount to something, amplitude, annoyance, anxiety, argument,
     article, aspect, aspiration, atom, atomic particles, atoms,
     autograph, bag, basis, be featured, be prominent, be somebody,
     be something, being, besetment, body, bother, brainchild,
     brute matter, building block, bulk, burden, business, calling,
     can of worms, carry weight, case, cause, chapter, chemical element,
     chyle, circumstance, colostrum, commerce, complication, component,
     composed matter, composition, computer printout, concern,
     concernment, condition, consequence, consideration, constituent,
     content, context, copy, core, count, cut ice, cut some ice, datum,
     dead matter, detail, difficulty, dilemma, disadvantage, discharge,
     distillate, distillation, document, doing, draft, earth,
     edited version, element, elementary particle, elementary unit,
     elixir, employ, employment, engrossment, enigma, enterprise,
     entity, episode, essay, essence, essentials, event, evil, extent,
     fabric, facet, fact, factor, fair copy, fester, festering, fiction,
     final draft, finished version, fire, first draft, flimsy,
     focus of attention, focus of interest, force, function,
     fundamental particle, get top billing, gist, gleet, goal,
     great ado, grievance, ground, guiding light, guiding star, head,
     headache, heading, heart, holograph, humor, hyle, hypostasis,
     ichor, ideal, implication, import, importance, incident,
     incidental, inconvenience, individual, inspiration, instance,
     intention, interest, issue, item, job, kernel, labor, lachryma,
     lactation, letter, leukorrhea, literae scriptae, literary artefact,
     literary production, literature, live matter, living issue,
     lodestar, lookout, lucubration, lymph, magnitude, main point,
     mainspring, manuscript, marrow, mass, material, material world,
     materiality, matter in hand, mattering, mean, meaning,
     meaningfulness, measure, measurement, meat, medium, milk,
     minor detail, minutia, minutiae, molecule, moment, monad, motif,
     motive, mucor, mucus, natural world, nature, neighborhood,
     nonfiction, nub, numbers, object, occasion, occupation, occurrence,
     opus, order, original, paper, parchment, particular, peccant humor,
     peck of troubles, penscript, phlegm, physical world, piece,
     piece of writing, pith, play, plenum, poem, point, point at issue,
     point in question, predicament, principle, printed matter,
     printout, problem, proceeding, production, purport, purulence, pus,
     puzzle, quandary, quantity, quantum, question, quintessence, range,
     rankle, rankling, reading matter, reason, recension, regard,
     respect, rheum, ripen, rubric, run, running, sake, saliva, sanies,
     sap, score, screed, scrip, script, scrive, scroll, sea of troubles,
     second draft, sense, serous fluid, serum, service, significance,
     signification, signify, situation, snot, soul, source, spirit,
     spring, stand out, standing matter, star, strength, stuff, subject,
     subject matter, subject of thought, substance, substratum, sum,
     sum and substance, suppurate, suppuration, sweat, tangible, tear,
     teardrop, tell, text, the four elements, the whites,
     the written word, theme, thing, to-do, topic, transaction,
     transcript, transcription, trouble, tune, typescript,
     ulterior motive, undertaking, unit of being, upset, upshot, urine,
     version, vicinity, vocation, water, weep, weigh, weight, whole,
     work, worry, writing

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

  MATTER. Some substantial or essential thing, opposed to form; facts. 

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

  MATTER, IMPERTINENT, Equity pleading. That which is altogether irrelevant to 
  the case, that does not appertain or belong to it; id est, qui ad rem non 
  pertinet. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4163. See Impertinent. 

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

  MATTER, SCANDALOUS, equity pleading. A false and malicious statement of 
  facts, not relevant to the cause. But nothing which is positively relevant, 
  however harsh or gross the charge may be, can be considered scandalous. 4 
  Bouv. Inst. n. 4163. 
       2. A bill cannot by the general practice, be referred for impertinence 
  after the defendant has answered, or submitted to answer, but it may be 
  referred for scandal at any time, and even upon the application of a 
  stranger to the suit, for he has the right to prevent the records of the 
  court from being made the vehicle of spreading slanders against himself. Id. 
  n. 41f 64. 

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