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From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 12:03:40 +0300
Message-Id: <a05200f63bb15db3e69e3@[10.0.1.3]>
To: www-qa-wg@w3.org

if we want to define Test Material. This is the definitions of the 
word "Material"

karl% dict material
5 definitions found

*** Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) ***
Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, n.
    The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be
    made.

    {Raw material}, any crude, unfinished, or elementary
       materials that are adapted to use only by processes of
       skilled labor. Cotton, wool, ore, logs, etc., are raw
       material.

*** Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) ***
Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, v. t.
    To form from matter; to materialize. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

*** Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) ***
Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, a. [L. materialis, fr. materia stuff,
    matter: cf. F. mat['e]riel. See {Matter}, and cf.
    {Mat['E]riel}.]
    1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical;
       as, material substance or bodies.

             The material elements of the universe. --Whewell.

    2. Hence: 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.

    3. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of
       cinsequence; not be dispensed with; important.

             Discourse, which was always material, never
             trifling.                             --Evelyn.

             I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down
             only such as are most material to our present
             purpose.                              --Locke.

    4. (Logic.) Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form,
       of a thing. See {Matter}.

    {Material cause}. See under {Cause}.

    {Material evidence} (Law), evidence which conduces to the
       proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis. --Wharton.

    Syn: Corporeal; bodily; important; weighty; momentous;
         essential.

*** Source: WordNet (r) 1.7 ***
material
      adj 1: concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests;
             "material possessions"; "material wealth"; "material
             comforts"
      2: derived from or composed of matter; "the material universe"
         [ant: {immaterial}]
      3: 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"
         [ant: {immaterial}]
      4: concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from
         intellectual or psychological well-being; "material
         needs"; "the moral and material welfare of all good
         citizens"- T.Roosevelt
      5: having material or physical form or substance; "that which
         is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and
         tangible" - Benjamin Jowett [syn: {corporeal}] [ant: {incorporeal}]
      6: 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"- Shakespeare [syn: {substantial}, {real}]
         [ant: {insubstantial}]
      n 1: 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" [syn: {stuff}]
      2: information (data or ideas or observations) that can be
         reworked into a finished form; "the archives provided rich
         material for a definitive biography"
      3: things needed for doing or making something; "writing
         materials"; "useful teaching materials"
      4: artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or
         crocheting natural or synthetic fibers [syn: {fabric}, {cloth},
          {textile}]
      5: a person judged suitable for admission or employment; "he
         was university material"; "she was vice-presidential
         material"

*** Source: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993) ***
MATERIAL, adj.  Having an actual existence, as distinguished from an
imaginary one.  Important.

     Material things I know, or fell, or see;
     All else is immaterial to me.
                                                       Jamrach Holobom
-- 
Karl Dubost / W3C - Conformance Manager
           http://www.w3.org/QA/

      --- Be Strict To Be Cool! ---
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