When to use material vs materials

Materiel vs. Material - What's the Difference?

  • Material (noun)

    the material substance that goes into the composition of a physical object;

    "Coal is a hard black material"

    "Wheat is the stuff they make bread from"

  • Material (noun)

    Information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or revised into a finished form;

    "The archives provided ample material for a definitive biography"

  • Material (noun)

    Things that are needed to do or to make something;

    "Writing materials"

    "useful teaching materials"

  • Material (noun)

    Artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers;

    "The fabric in the curtains was light and semi-transparent"

    "Woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC."

    "she measured enough material for a dress"

  • Material (noun)

    a person identified as suitable for admission or employment;

    "he was university material"

    "She was Vice President Material"

  • Material (adjective)

    deals with worldly rather than spiritual interests;

    "material possession"

    "material wealth"

    "material comfort"

  • Material (adjective)

    derived from or composed of matter;

    "the material universe"

  • Material (adjective)

    directly relevant to a matter, in particular a legal case;

    "His support made a huge difference"

    "Evidence for the problem at hand"

    "Facts that can influence the judgment are referred to as material facts"

    "a material witness"

  • Material (adjective)

    deals with or influences mental or psychological well-being;

    "material needs"

    "The moral and material well-being of all good citizens"

  • Material (adjective)

    Have material or physical form or substance;

    "What is created is necessarily physical and visible and tangible"

  • Material (adjective)

    Have substance or can be treated as fact; not conceited;

    "the substantial world"

    "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"

    "most cumbersome and substantial things"