Noun: substance súb-stun(t)s
- The real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
"DNA is the substance of our genes"
- The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
"the substance of the prosecutor's argument";
- kernel, core, center [US], centre [Brit, Cdn], essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty
- The idea that is intended
"What is the substance of this proverb?";
- Material of a particular kind or constitution
"the immune response recognizes invading substances"
- Considerable capital (wealth or income)
"he is a man of substance";
- What a communication is about; the information conveyed or area of interest
- message, content, subject matter
- A particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties
"shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"
- The property of holding together and retaining its shape
"when the dough has enough substance it is ready to bake";
- consistency, consistence, body
Derived forms: substances
See also: thick, thin
Type of: capital, cognitive content, communication, component, component part, constituent, content, idea, matter, mental object, part, physical entity, portion, property, thought