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

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

Encyclopedia: Substance