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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Substance \Sub"stance\, noun [F., fr. L. substantia, fr. substare to be under or present, to stand firm; sub under + stare to stand. See {Stand}.]

1. That which underlies all outward manifestations; substratum; the permanent subject or cause of phenomena, whether material or spiritual; that in which properties inhere; that which is real, in distinction from that which is apparent; the abiding part of any existence, in distinction from any accident; that which constitutes anything what it is; real or existing essence.

These cooks, how they stamp, and strain, and grind, And turn substance into accident! --Chaucer.

Heroic virtue did his actions guide, And he the substance, not the appearance, chose. --Dryden.

2. The most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport.

This edition is the same in substance with the Latin. --Bp. Burnet.

It is insolent in words, in manner; but in substance it is not only insulting, but alarming. --Burke.

3. Body; matter; material of which a thing is made; hence, substantiality; solidity; firmness; as, the substance of which a garment is made; some textile fabrics have little substance.

4. Material possessions; estate; property; resources.

And there wasted his substance with riotous living. --Luke xv. 13.

Thy substance, valued at the highest rate, Can not amount unto a hundred marks. --Shak.

We are destroying many thousand lives, and exhausting our substance, but not for our own interest. --Swift.

5. (Theol.) Same as {Hypostasis}, 2.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Substance \Sub"stance\, verb (used with an object) To furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich. [Obs.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

substance

noun

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

2: 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" [syn: {kernel}, {substance}, {core}, {center}, {centre}, {essence}, {gist}, {heart}, {heart and soul}, {inwardness}, {marrow}, {meat}, {nub}, {pith}, {sum}, {nitty- gritty}]

3: the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?" [syn: {meaning}, {substance}]

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 means" [syn: {means}, {substance}]

6: what a communication that is about something is about [syn: {message}, {content}, {subject matter}, {substance}]

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


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