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Material vs. Stuff

Material and Stuff Definitions

Material

The substance or substances out of which a thing is or can be made.

Stuff

The material out of which something is made or formed; substance.

Material

Something, such as an idea or information, that is to be refined and made or incorporated into a finished effort
Material for a comedy.

Stuff

The essential substance or elements; essence
"We are such stuff / As dreams are made on" (Shakespeare).

Material

Materials Tools or apparatus for the performance of a given task
Writing materials.

Stuff

Unspecified material
Put that stuff over there.
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Material

Yard goods or cloth.

Stuff

Household or personal articles considered as a group.

Material

A person who is qualified or suited for a position or activity
The members of the board felt that she was vice-presidential material.

Stuff

Worthless objects.

Material

Of, relating to, or composed of matter.

Stuff

(Slang) Specific talk or actions
Don't give me that stuff about being tired.
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Material

Of, relating to, or affecting physical well-being; bodily
"the moral and material welfare of all good citizens" (Theodore Roosevelt).

Stuff

The control a player has over a ball, especially to give it spin, english, curve, or speed.

Material

Of or concerned with the physical as distinct from the intellectual or spiritual
"Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

Stuff

The spin, english, curve, or speed imparted to a ball
"where we could watch the stuff, mainly curves, that the pitchers were putting on the ball" (James Henry Gray).

Material

Being both relevant and consequential; crucial
Testimony material to the inquiry.

Stuff

(Basketball) A dunk shot.
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Material

(Philosophy) Of or relating to the matter of reasoning, rather than the form.

Stuff

Special capability
The team really showed its stuff and won the championship.

Material

Having to do with matter; consisting of matter.
This compound has a number of interesting material properties.

Stuff

Chiefly British Woven material, especially woolens.

Material

Worldly, as opposed to spiritual.
Don't let material concerns get in the way of living a happy life.

Stuff

(Slang) Money; cash.

Material

Significant.
You've made several material contributions to this project.
This is the most material fact in this lawsuit.

Stuff

(Slang) A drug, especially one that is illegal or habit-forming.

Material

Matter which may be shaped or manipulated, particularly in making something.
Asphalt, composed of oil and sand, is a widely used material for roads.

Stuff

To pack (a container) tightly; cram
Stuff a Christmas stocking.

Material

Text written for a specific purpose.
We were a warm-up act at the time; we didn't have enough original material to headline.

Stuff

To block (a passage); plug
Stuff a crack with caulking.

Material

A sample or specimens for study.

Stuff

(Basketball) To block (a shot or an opponent who is shooting), especially before the ball leaves the shooter's hands.

Material

Cloth to be made into a garment. Fabric.
You'll need about a yard of material to make this.

Stuff

To place forcefully into a container or space; thrust
Stuffed laundry into the bag.

Material

A person, or people collectively, who are qualified for a certain position or activity.
Boy/girlfriend material
Marriage material
We have lots of presidential material in various public offices.

Stuff

(Sports) To shoot (a ball or puck) forcefully into the goal from close range.

Material

Related data of various kinds, especially if collected as the basis for a document or book.

Stuff

(Basketball) To dunk (the ball).

Material

The substance that something is made or composed of.

Stuff

To fill with an appropriate stuffing
Stuff a pillow.

Material

(chess) All of a player's pieces and pawns on the chessboard.

Stuff

To fill (an animal skin) to restore its natural form for mounting or display.

Material

To form from matter; to materialize.

Stuff

To cram with food.

Material

Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies.
The material elements of the universe.

Stuff

To fill (the mind)
His head is stuffed with silly notions.

Material

Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of man, as distinguished from the mental or moral nature; relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts; as, material well-being; material comforts.

Stuff

To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).

Material

Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of consequence; not be dispensed with; important; significant.
Discourse, which was always material, never trifling.
I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down only such as are most material to our present purpose.

Stuff

To apply a preservative and softening agent to (leather).

Material

Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form, of a thing. See Matter.

Stuff

To overeat; gorge.

Material

The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made.

Stuff

(informal) Miscellaneous items or objects; (with possessive) personal effects.
What is all that stuff on your bedroom floor?
He didn't want his pockets to bulge so he was walking around with all his stuff in his hands.

Material

To form from matter; to materialize.

Stuff

Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.

Material

The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object;
Coal is a hard black material
Wheat is the stuff they use to make bread

Stuff

(informal) Unspecified things or matters.
I had to do some stuff.

Material

Information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form;
The archives provided rich material for a definitive biography

Stuff

The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.

Material

Things needed for doing or making something;
Writing materials
Useful teaching materials

Stuff

(archaic) A material for making clothing; any woven textile, but especially a woollen fabric.

Material

Artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers;
The fabric in the curtains was light and semitraqnsparent
Woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC
She measured off enough material for a dress

Stuff

(archaic) Boards used for building.

Material

A person judged suitable for admission or employment;
He was university material
She was vice-presidential material

Stuff

Abstract/figurative substance or character.

Material

Concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests;
Material possessions
Material wealth
Material comforts

Stuff

Paper stock ground ready for use. When partly ground, it is called half stuff.

Material

Derived from or composed of matter;
The material universe

Stuff

(informal) Used as placeholder, usually for material of unknown type or name.
Can I have some of that stuff on my ice-cream sundae?

Material

Directly relevant to a matter especially a law case;
His support made a material difference
Evidence material to the issue at hand
Facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts
A material witness

Stuff

(slang) Narcotic drugs, especially heroin.

Material

Concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being;
Material needs
The moral and material welfare of all good citizens

Stuff

(obsolete) A medicine or mixture; a potion.

Material

Having material or physical form or substance;
That which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible

Stuff

Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or irrational language.
Don't give me any of that 'what-about' stuff!

Material

Having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary;
The substantial world
A mere dream, neither substantial nor practical
Most ponderous and substantial things

Stuff

(nautical) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication.

Stuff

Money.

Stuff

(transitive) To fill by packing or crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess.
I'm going to stuff this pillow with feathers.

Stuff

(transitive) To fill a space with (something) in a compressed manner.
He stuffed his clothes into the closet and shut the door.

Stuff

To fill with seasoning.
She stuffed the turkey for Thanksgiving using her secret recipe.

Stuff

(transitive) To load goods into (a container) for transport.

Stuff

To sate.
Iā€™m stuffed after having eaten all that turkey, mashed potatoes and delicious stuffing.

Stuff

(pronominal) To eat, especially in a hearty or greedy manner.
She sits on the sofa all day, watching TV and stuffing herself with cream buns.

Stuff

To break; to destroy.
He skidded off the road and totally stuffed his brand new car.

Stuff

To sexually penetrate.
His wife came home early and found him on the couch stuffing the maid.

Stuff

Used to contemptuously dismiss or reject something. See also stuff it.
Stuff your stupid rules, I'll do what I like.

Stuff

(informal) To heavily defeat or get the better of.
Mudchester Rovers were stuffed 7-0 in the semi-final.
They totally stuffed us in that business deal.

Stuff

(transitive) To cut off another competitor in a race by disturbing his projected and committed racing line (trajectory) by an abrupt manoeuvre.
I got stuffed by that guy on the supermoto going into that turn, almost causing us to crash.

Stuff

To preserve a dead bird or other animal by filling its skin.

Stuff

(transitive) To obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration.

Stuff

(transitive) To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material.

Stuff

To crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies.

Stuff

To compress (a file or files) in the StuffIt format, to be unstuffed later.

Stuff

Material which is to be worked up in any process of manufacture.
For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.
Ambitions should be made of sterner stuff.
The workman on his stuff his skill doth show,And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill.

Stuff

The fundamental material of which anything is made up; elemental part; essence.
Yet do I hold it very stuff o' the conscienceTo do no contrived murder.

Stuff

Woven material not made into garments; fabric of any kind; specifically, any one of various fabrics of wool or worsted; sometimes, worsted fiber.
What stuff wilt have a kirtle of?
It [the arras] was of stuff and silk mixed, though, superior kinds were of silk exclusively.

Stuff

Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.
He took away locks, and gave away the king's stuff.

Stuff

A medicine or mixture; a potion.

Stuff

Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or irrational language; nonsense; trash.
Anger would inditeSuch woeful stuff as I or Shadwell write.

Stuff

A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication.

Stuff

Paper stock ground ready for use.

Stuff

To fill by crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess; as, to stuff a bedtick.
Sometimes this crook drew hazel bought adown,And stuffed her apron wide with nuts so brown.
Lest the gods, for sin,Should with a swelling dropsy stuff thy skin.

Stuff

To thrust or crowd; to press; to pack.
Put roses into a glass with a narrow mouth, stuffing them close together . . . and they retain smell and color.

Stuff

To fill by being pressed or packed into.
With inward arms the dire machine they load,And iron bowels stuff the dark abode.

Stuff

To fill with a seasoning composition of bread, meat, condiments, etc.; as, to stuff a turkey.

Stuff

To obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration.
I'm stuffed, cousin; I can not smell.

Stuff

To fill the skin of, for the purpose of preserving as a specimen; - said of birds or other animals.

Stuff

To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material.
An Eastern king put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence, and ordered his hide to be stuffed into a cushion, and placed upon the tribunal.

Stuff

To crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies.

Stuff

To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).

Stuff

To feed gluttonously; to cram.
Taught harmless man to cram and stuff.

Stuff

The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object;
Coal is a hard black material
Wheat is the stuff they use to make bread

Stuff

Miscellaneous unspecified objects;
The trunk was full of stuff

Stuff

Informal terms for personal possessions;
Did you take all your clobber?

Stuff

Senseless talk;
Don't give me that stuff

Stuff

Unspecified qualities required to do or be something;
The stuff of heros
You don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine

Stuff

Information in some unspecified form;
It was stuff I had heard before
There's good stuff in that book

Stuff

A critically important or characteristic component;
Suspense is the very stuff of narrative

Stuff

Fill completely;
The child stuffed his pockets with candy

Stuff

Press or force;
Stuff money into an envelope
She thrust the letter into his hand

Stuff

Obstruct;
My nose is all stuffed
Her arteries are blocked

Stuff

Overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself;
She stuffed herself at the dinner
The kids binged on icecream

Stuff

Treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting;
Stuff a bearskin

Stuff

Fill tightly with a material;
Stuff a pillow with feathers
The old lady wants to have her dead poodle stuffed by the taxidermist

Stuff

Fill with a stuffing while cooking;
Have you stuffed the turkey yet?

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