Dictionary Results for substance


1. substance - noun

· the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists; "DNA is the substance of our genes"

Hypernym(s): matter, part, portion, component_part, component, constituent




2. substance - noun

· the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"

Synonym(s): kernel, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart_and_soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty

Hypernym(s): content, cognitive_content, mental_object




3. substance - noun

· the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?"

Synonym(s): meaning

Hypernym(s): idea, thought




4. substance - noun

· material of a particular kind or constitution; "the immune response recognizes invading substances"

Hypernym(s): physical_entity




5. substance - noun

· considerable capital (wealth or income); "he is a man of means"

Synonym(s): means

Hypernym(s): capital




6. substance - noun

· what a communication that is about something is about

Synonym(s): message, content, subject_matter

Hypernym(s): communication




7. substance - noun

· the property of holding together and retaining its shape; "wool has more body than rayon"; "when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake"

Synonym(s): consistency, consistence, body

Hypernym(s): property




8. substance - noun

· a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"

Hypernym(s): matter





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