Definition of substance
What does the word substance mean?
part of speech: noun
(Metaphys.) the substratum that the cognizable properties or qualities or attributes or accidents of things are conceived as inhering in or affecting, the essential nature underlying phenomena, (s. & accidents in metaphysics correspond to subject& predicate in logic; a s. is a being subsisting in itself& subject to accidents; being of one s. with the Father); essence or most important part of anything, pith, purport, real meaning, (I agree with you in s., generally, apart from details; can give you the s. of his remarks; the s. of religion); material as opposed to form (the s. is good, but the style repellent); reality, solidity, solid worth, actual possessions, (sacrifice the s. for the shadow; there is no s. in him; an argument of little s.; a man of s., with property, of. man of STRAW; waste one\'s s., be spendthrift); particular kind of matter (a heavy, porous, yellow, transparent, s.; the small number of ss. that make up the world). [old French]