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as a matter of fact 事实上,其实

as a matter of fact 事实上;其实

a matter of (关于...)的问题;大约

as a matter of fact 其实,事实上

a matter of
(关于...)的问题;大约

as a matter of fact
其实,事实上

it’s a matter of time 这是迟早的问题

惠请宽限 let the matter stand over till then.; allow me a short extension of time. ; Kindly postpone the time for payment a little longer.

贵方虽多次答应付款结帐, 但迄今尚未结清。如在本月底以前, 尚未拔款结清,只好委托我公司顾问律师处理。
In spite of your repeated promises to let us have a cheque, we are still without a settlement of your outstanding account, and therefore, unless same is settled by the end of this month, we shall be compelled to hand over the matter to our solicitor.

对于此事, 贵方似乎在趁机利用我公司的宽容态度。本函系最后通告所, 复函时请汇足够金额, 以结此帐, 否则只好采取其它途径, 特此函告。
As you seem to take advantage of you leniency in this matter, we now give you the final notice that, unless we shall receive a substantial amount on account by return of post, we shall adopt other measures for its recovery.


我公司小泽先生因急事出差大阪, 5月1日以前不能返回, 故该件请宽延至5月1日, 我们将于5月2日汇款。
Our Mr. Osawa is away in Osaka on an urgent business, and will not return until the 1st May, and so if you will kindly let the matter stand over till then, we will send you a cheque by the first post on the 2nd of the same month.

Classification of Correspondence and documents on Staff Matters
《有关人事问题的通信与文件的分类》

Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra-judicial document. in Civil and Commercial Matters [1965] 《关于向国外送达民事或商事司法文书和司法外文书的海牙公约》〔一九六五年〕

reciprocal recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters 对等承认及执行民商事判决

This is a matter of life and death--a matter no country can afford to ignore.
这是一个关系到生死的问题,任何国家都不能忽视。

This issue is becoming a matter of concern for more and more people, especially for parents and experts in education.
这一问题已被越来越多的人所关注,尤其是父母和教育专家。

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
任何形式的瘾都是不好的,无论上瘾的是酒精、吗啡还是唯心主义。

make an appealing presentatiion of the matter
对此作出吸引人的展示

The cost of heating a home does not matter to someone with a lot of money, but for families with low incomes, it is a matter of great importance.
对于有钱人来说,家庭取暖的费用算不了什么,但对于低收入的家庭来说,却是一件大事。

Someone who has little official education may show ignorance of history, but be very knowledgeable about practical matters.
有的没有受过正式教育的人可能对历史一无所知,但对于实际的事情却知道得很多。

The soldiers checked on everyone as a matter of routine.
士兵们按常规检查了每一个人。

The store manager attended to the transaction of important matters himself.
商店经理自己出面处理重大交易。

As a matter of fact, he was pretending to be ill.实际上,他是在装病。

It is not quite a matter of disagreeing with the theory of independence, but of rejecting its implications: that the romances may be taken in any or no particular order, that they have no cumulative effect, and that they are as separate as the works of a modern novelist.
并不是与独立理论不一致,而是与其应用不相符合:爱情小说可以以任何一种形式展现或者根本没有特殊的规律,他们没有累积效果,就象现代小说家的作品一样独立。

There is no disputing, says the proverb, about taste—though, in fact, human beings spend at least half their leisure doing nothing else—and if highbrowism and lowbrowism were exclusively ( as it is certain that they are in great part) matters of individual taste, there would be no more to say about them than what I have said in the preceding lines.
谚语中说对于口味来说,是没有争议的——尽管在事实上,人类一—至少在一半的休闲时间里什么也不做——并且如果阳春白雪和下里巴人对于个人口味的问题是排外(这一点在很大程度上是肯定的),那么对于他们来说,除了我在前面讲的,就没什么说的了。

这是生死攸关的大事。
It's a matter of life and death. *事情非常重大时用。
It's extremely important. (这是一件极其重要的事。)

我认为这要看个人的看法。
I think it is a matter of opinion.
I think that depends on one's opinion.

说实话……
As a matter of fact, ...
Who won the golf tournament? (那场高尔夫球比赛谁赢了?)
Well, as a matter of fact, I did. (其实,是我赢了。)
Actually, ...
To be honest, ...
To be frank, ...
Frankly speaking, ...
Truthfully, ... (老实说……)
In all actuality, ... (实际上,……) *正式的说法。

As a matter of fact, we would like to discuss internally regarding item B.
事实上,我们希望可以先内部讨论B项议题。

We are very sorry not to be able to give you a definite reply in respect of the above matter.
就上述事情,我方歉难给予肯定的答复。

As a matter of fact, we would like to discuss internally regarding item B.
事实上,我们希望可以先内部讨论B项议题。

It's a matter of life and death.
事关生死。

Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.
George William Crutis, American witer
年纪只是个感觉的问题,而不是岁月的问题。
美国作家柯蒂斯.G.W.

as a matter of fact 事实上,其实

@@@ 其实
as a matter of fact 事实上, 其实
as it is 实际上; 其实是
for that matter 其实(用以指出所说的两件事中, 后说的与先说的性质一样)
in effect 事实上, 实际上
in fact 其实, 实际上
in reality 实际上, 事实上

@@@ 无论
by any means 无论如何
can't for the life of sb. 无论如何也不能
come what may 无论如何, 不管发生什么事
for all the world 无论如何; 不管付出什么代价
in any event 不管怎样, 无论如何
no matter what/who/where/which etc. 无论, 不管
under no circumstances 决不可能; 无论如何都不
whether or not 是否; 无论

@@@ 差不多, 几乎, 大约
a matter of (表示数量)近似量; 几分钟(几块钱)的事
all but 几乎, 差不多; 除了
hardly ever 几乎从不
just about 差不多, 几乎
know next to nothing of 几乎一无所知
make no difference (to sb.) 没有差别; 没关系
more or less 或多或少; 大约
next to nothing 几乎没有
or so 大约, 差不多

@@@ (表示)
a matter of (表示数量)近似量; 几分钟(几块钱)的事
any longer/more 再; 仍再(一般用于否定句中, 表示"不再")
as luck would have it 碰巧; 碰得不巧(表示有幸或不幸)
by all means 一定; (表示答应)好的, 当然可以
if I were you 如果我是你的话(表建议)
if only 要是...就好了(用以表示对现时或未来的愿望)
It never fails... 从不例外(信息词, 暗示后面没有好事)
no way 没门儿, 决不(表示强烈的否定、拒绝、反对)
no wonder 不足为奇; 难怪, 怪不得(口语中表示赞同)
To think 居然, 竟然(表示惊讶后悔等)

It's only a matter of time.
这只是时间问题。

As a matter of fact
事实上

Quantity matters as much as quality of price, doesn't it?
数量和价格、质量一样重要,是吗?

They talked over at great length the matter of how to increase the sale of your products.
他们详细地讨论了怎样增加你方产品的销售。

不当一回事 [bú dàng yì huí shì] /not regard as a matter (of any importance)/

不急之务 [bù jí zhī wù] /a matter of no great urgency/

会同 [huì tóng] /(v) jointly take care of a matter/

季度 [jì dù] /(n) quarter of a year, typically used for finacial matters/

实际上 [shí jì shàng] /in fact/in reality/as a matter of fact/in practice/

仗义执言 [zhàng yì zhí yán] /speak out on a matter of principle or justice/

主流 [zhǔ liú] /(n) main stream of a fluid/(n) main aspect of a matter/

总务 [zǒng wù] /(n) general matters; general affairs division/(n) person in charge of general matters/

The last revolution isn't simply a matter of gentlemen reading other gentlemen's e-mail.
最近的这次革命性的改变不仅仅是一个人偷看别人的电子邮件的问题。
That kind of electronic spying has been going on for decades.
这样的电子间谍活动已经存在了数十年。

Specialisation can be seen as a response to the problem of an increasing accumulation of scientific knowledge.
专业化可被视为针对科学知识不断膨胀这个问题所做出的反应。
By splitting up the subject matter into smaller units, one man could continue to handle the information and use it as the basis for further research.
通过将学科细化,个人能够继续处理这些不断膨胀的信息并将它们作为深入研究的基础。
But specialisation was only one of a series of related developments in science affecting the process of communication.
但是专业化仅是科学领域内一系列影响交流过程的有关现象之一。
Another was the growing professionalisation of scientific activity.
另一现象是科学活动的日益职业化。

Moreover, most of the changes that companies make are intended to keep them profitable, and this need not always mean increasing productivity: switching to new markets or improving quality can matter just as much.
另外,公司的大部分改革是为了赢利,而达到赢利的目的不一定非要提高生产力:转入新的市场或改善产品质量也会有同样的功效。

Someone traveling alone, if hungry, injured, or ill, often had nowhere to turn except to the nearest cabin or settlement. It was not a matter of choice for the traveler or merely a charitable impulse on the part of the settlers.
单独旅行时,如果挨饿、受伤或生病,通常只能向最近的小屋或村落求助。对旅行者来说,这不是一个选择的问题;而对当地居民来说,这也并非是行善的一时冲动。
It reflected the harshness of daily life: if you didn't take in the stranger and take care of him, there was no one else who would. And someday, remember, you might be in the same situation.
它反映了日常生活的严酷:如果你不收留他,那他便无处求助了。请记住,有一天你也可能处于相同的境遇。

The 15-member Time Warner board is generally supportive of Levin and his corporate strategy.
总的来说,时代华纳公司的15位董事是支持莱文和公司的经营策略的。
But insiders say several of them have shown their concerns in this matter.
但内部人士透露其中几位对此事表示担忧。
"Some of us have known for many, many years that the freedoms under the First Amendment are not totally unlimited," says Luce.
“我们中的一些人多年来就知道宪法第一修正案所说的自由并非毫无限制,”鲁斯说,
"I think it is perhaps the case that some people associated with the company have only recently come to realize this."
“我想与公司有关系的一些人可能是最近才意识到这一点。”

{adj: aboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval, primordial} having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state
"aboriginal forests"
"primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"
"the forest primeval"
"primordial matter"
"primordial forms of life"

{adj: dense, heavy, impenetrable} permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter
"dense smoke"
"heavy fog"
"impenetrable gloom"

{adj: determinable} capable of being determined or limited or fixed
"determinable velocities"
"matters determinable by law"
<-> indeterminable

{adj: discriminating} showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste
"the discriminating eye of the connoisseur"
<-> undiscriminating

{adj: dissolved} (of solid matter) reduced to a liquid form
"add the dissolved gelatin"

{adj: earthly} of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
"earthly beings"
"believed that our earthly life is all that matters"
"earthly love"
"our earthly home"
<-> heavenly

{adj: especial, exceptional, particular, special} surpassing what is common or usual or expected
"he paid especial attention to her"
"exceptional kindness"
"a matter of particular and unusual importance"
"a special occasion"
"a special reason to confide in her"
"what's so special about the year 2000?"

{adj: experiential, existential} derived from experience or the experience of existence
"the rich experiential content of the teachings of the older philosophers"- Benjamin Farrington
"formal logicians are not concerned with existential matters"- John Dewey

{adj: extraneous, foreign} not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source
"water free of extraneous matter"
"foreign particles in milk"

{adj: fecal, faecal, feculent} foul with waste matter; of or relating to feces

{adj: fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial} (informal) small and of little importance
"a fiddling sum of money"
"a footling gesture"
"our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"
"a little (or small) matter"
"a dispute over niggling details"
"limited to petty enterprises"
"piffling efforts"
"giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"

{adj: filthy, foul, nasty} disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter
"as filthy as a pigsty"
"a foul pond"
"a nasty pigsty of a room"

{adj: fooling, casual} characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility
"a broken back is nothing to be casual about; it is no fooling matter"

{adj: form-only} being a matter of form only; lacking substance
"a form-only requirement that is usually ignored"

{adj: grave, grievous, heavy, weighty} of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
"grave responsibilities"
"faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"
"a grievous fault"
"heavy matters of state"
"the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference"

{adj: immaterial, nonmaterial} not consisting of matter
"immaterial apparitions"
"ghosts and other immaterial entities"
<-> material

{adj: impassive, stolid} having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
"her impassive remoteness"
"he remained impassive, showing neither interest in nor concern for our plight"- Nordhoff & Hall
"a silent stolid creature who took it all as a matter of course"-Virginia Woolf
"her face showed nothing but stolid indifference"

{adj: imperious, masterful} able to deal authoritatively with affairs
"dismissed the matter with an imperious wave of her hand"

{adj: impractical} not practical; not workable or not given to practical matters
"refloating the ship proved impractical because of the expense"
"he is intelligent but too impractical for commercial work"
"an impractical solution"
<-> practical

{adj: incapable} (followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability
"incapable of carrying a tune"
"he is incapable of understanding the matter"
"incapable of doing the work"
<-> capable

{adj: inner, internal, intimate} innermost or essential
"the inner logic of Cubism"
"the internal contradictions of the theory"
"the intimate structure of matter"

{adj: judicious, wise, heady} marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
"judicious use of one's money"
"a wise decision"

{adj: katharobic} of living being in an oxygenated environment lacking organic matter

{adj: massive} consisting of great mass; containing a great quantity of matter
"Earth is the most massive of the terrestrial planets"

{adj: material} derived from or composed of matter
"the material universe"
<-> immaterial

{adj: matter-of-course} expected or depended upon as a natural or logical outcome

{adj: matter-of-fact, pragmatic, pragmatical} concerned with practical matters
"a matter-of-fact (or pragmatic) approach to the problem"
"a matter-of-fact account of the trip"

{adj: matter-of-fact, prosaic} not fanciful or imaginative
"local guides describe the history of various places in matter-of-fact tones"
"a prosaic and unimaginative essay"

{adj: mineral} composed of matter other than plant or animal
"the inorganic mineral world"

{adj: nescient, unbelieving} holding that only material phenomena can be known and knowledge of spiritual matters or ultimate causes is impossible

{adj: nominal, token, tokenish} insignificantly small; a matter of form only (`tokenish' is informal)
"the fee was nominal"
"a token gesture of resistance"
"a toknenish gesture"

{adj: objective, documentary} emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation
"objective art"

{adj: ossified} changed into bone; hardened by deposits of mineral matter
"cartilages ossified with age"

{adj: pertinent, to the point} having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand
"a list of articles pertinent to the discussion"
"remarks that were to the point"

{adj: putrid-smelling} having the putrid odor of decaying organic matter

{adj: quixotic, romantic, wild-eyed} not sensible about practical matters; unrealistic
"as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood"
"a romantic disregard for money"
"a wild-eyed dream of a world state"

{adj: reflective} devoted to matters of the mind
"the reflective type"

{adj: religious, spiritual} concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church
"religious texts"
"a member of a religious order"
"lords temporal and spiritual"
"spiritual leaders"
"spiritual songs"

{adj: saprophagous, saprozoic} (of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter

{adj: saprophytic} (of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter

{adj: sensitive} of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security

{adj: serious} concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities
"a serious student of history"
"a serious attempt to learn to ski"
"gave me a serious look"
"a serious young man"
"are you serious or joking?"
"Don't be so serious!"
<-> frivolous

{adj: serious} of great consequence
"marriage is a serious matter"

{adj: suspended} (of undissolved particles in a fluid) supported or kept from sinking or falling by buoyancy and without apparent attachment
"suspended matter such as silt or mud..."
"dust particles suspended in the air"
"droplets in suspension in a gas"

{adj: technical} characterizing or showing skill in or specialized knowledge of applied arts and sciences
"a technical problem"
"highly technical matters hardly suitable for the general public"
"a technical report"
"producing the A-bomb was a challenge to the technical people of this country"
"technical training"
"technical language"
<-> nontechnical

{adj: temporal} not eternal
"temporal matters of but fleeting moment"- F.D.Roosevelt

{adj: vacuous} devoid of matter
" a vacuous space"

{adj: vegetable} of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from plants
"decaying vegetable matter"
<-> mineral, animal


{adv: come hell or high water, no matter what happens, whatever may come} in spite of all obstacles
"we'll go to Tibet come hell or high water"


{adv: doctrinally} as a matter of doctrine


{adv: hereinafter, hereafter, hereunder} in a subsequent part of this document or statement or matter etc.
"the landlord demises unto the tenant the premises hereinafter called the demised premises"
"the terms specified hereunder"


{adv: in fact, in point of fact, as a matter of fact} in reality or actuality
"in fact, it was a wonder anyone survived"
"painters who are in fact anything but unsophisticated"
"as a matter of fact, he is several inches taller than his father"


{adv: inherently} in an inherent manner
"the subject matter is sexual activity of any overt kind, which is depicted as inherently desirable and exciting"


{adv: instinctively} as a matter of instinct
"he instinctively grabbed the knife"


{adv: merely, simply, just, only, but} and nothing more
"I was merely asking"
"it is simply a matter of time"
"just a scratch"
"he was only a child"
"hopes that last but a moment"


{adv: one-on-one, person-to-person} (of two persons) in direct encounter
"preferred to settle the matter one-on-one"
"interviewed her person-to-person"


{adv: primarily, in the first place} of primary import
"this is primarily a question of economics"
"it was in the first place a local matter"
<-> secondarily

{adv: prosaically, unimaginatively} in a matter-of-fact manner
"I applied my attention prosaically to my routine"


{adv: regardless, irrespective, disregardless, no matter, disregarding} in spite of everything; without regard to drawbacks
"he carried on regardless of the difficulties"


{adv: thereinafter} in the following part of a given matter, as in a document or speech

{n: Anderson, Carl Anderson, Carl David Anderson} United States physicist who discovered antimatter in the form of an antielectron that is called the positron (1905-1991)

{n: B-horizon, B horizon} immediately below the A-horizon; contains deposits of organic matter leached from surface soils

{n: Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus globigii, grass bacillus, hay bacillus} a species of bacillus found in soil and decomposing organic matter; some strains produce antibiotics

{n: Brockhouse, Bertram Brockhouse} Canadian physicist who bounced neutron beams off of atomic nuclei to study the structure of matter (1918-2003)

{n: Democritus} Greek philosopher who developed an atomistic theory of matter (460-370 BC)

{n: Department of Energy Intelligence, DOEI} an agency that collects political and economic and technical information about energy matters and makes the Department of Energy's technical and analytical expertise available to other members of the Intelligence Community

{n: Descartes, Rene Descartes} French philosopher and mathematician; developed dualistic theory of mind and matter; introduced the use of coordinates to locate a point in two or three dimensions (1596-1650)

{n: Dirac, Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac} English theoretical physicist who applied relativity theory to quantum mechanics and predicted the existence of antimatter and the positron (1902-1984)

{n: Empedocles} Greek philosopher who taught that all matter is composed of particles of fire and water and air and earth (fifth century BC)

{n: Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Titus, Epistle to Titus, Titus} a new Testament book containing Saint Paul's epistle to Titus; contains advice on pastoral matters

{n: First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy, First Epistle to Timothy, I Timothy} a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's first epistle to Timothy; contains advice on pastoral matters

{n: Hammarskjold, Dag Hammarskjold, Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjold} Swedish diplomat who greatly extended the influence of the United Nations in peacekeeping matters (1905-1961)

{n: Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy, Second Epistle to Timothy, II Timothy} a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's second epistle to Timothy; contains advice on pastoral matters

{n: Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, SHAPE} the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe

{n: Systeme International d'Unites, Systeme International, SI system, SI, International System of Units, International System} a complete metric system of units of measurement for scientists; fundamental quantities are length (meter) and mass (kilogram) and time (second) and electric current (ampere) and temperature (kelvin) and amount of matter (mole) and luminous intensity (candela)
"Today the United States is the only country in the world not totally committed to the Systeme International d'Unites"

{n: United States Code, U. S. Code} a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States; is prepared and published by a unit of the United States House of Representatives

{n: World Council of Churches} an ecumenical organization of Protestant and eastern churches; intended to promote unity and cooperation in religious and secular matters

{n: Xerox, xerographic copier, Xerox machine} a duplicator (trade mark Xerox) that copies graphic matter by the action of light on an electrically charged photoconductive insulating surface in which the latent image is developed with a resinous powder

{n: administration, disposal} a method of tending to (especially business) matters

{n: agenda, agendum, order of business} a list of matters to be taken up (as at a meeting)

{n: allegation, allegement} statements affirming or denying certain matters of fact that you are prepared to prove

{n: amicus curiae, friend of the court} an adviser to the court on some matter of law who is not a party to the case; usually someone who wants to influence the outcome of a lawsuit involving matters of wide public interest

{n: analogy} drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
"the operation of a computer presents and interesting analogy to the working of the brain"
"the models show by analogy how matter is built up"

{n: antimatter} matter consisting of elementary particles that are the antiparticles of those making up normal matter

{n: applicability, pertinence, pertinency} relevance by virtue of being applicable to the matter at hand
<-> inapplicability

{n: arbiter, supreme authority} someone with the power to settle matters at will
"she was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion"

{n: atomism, atomic theory, atomist theory, atomistic theory} (chemistry) any theory in which all matter is composed of tiny discrete finite indivisible indestructible particles
"the ancient Greek philosophers Democritus and Epicurus held atomic theories of the universe"
<-> holism

{n: back matter, end matter} written matter following the main text of a book

{n: basal ganglion} any of several masses of subcortical grey matter at the base of each cerebral hemisphere that seem to be involved in the regulation of voluntary movement

{n: big-bang theory, big bang theory} (cosmology) the theory that the universe originated 20 billion years ago from the cataclysmic explosion of a small mass of matter at extremely high density and temperature

{n: biomass} the total mass of living matter in a given unit area

{n: biont} a discrete unit of living matter

{n: bloodwort} any of various plants of the family Haemodoraceae; roots contain a deep red coloring matter

{n: bully pulpit} a public office of sufficiently high rank that it provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to on any matter
"the American presidency is a bully pulpit"

{n: center of mass, centre of mass} point representing the mean position of the matter in a body

{n: chaos} the formless and disordered state of matter before the creation of the cosmos

{n: charcoal, wood coal} a carbonaceous material obtained by heating wood or other organic matter in the absence of air

{n: charge of quarters} an enlisted man who handles his unit's administrative matters after hours

{n: chemical element, element} any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter

{n: chemistry, chemical science} the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

{n: cinder, clinker} a fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire

{n: civil censorship} military censorship of civilian communications (correspondence or printed matter of films) entering or leaving of circulating within territories controlled by armed forces

{n: claustrum} a layer of grey matter in the brain adjacent to the lenticular nucleus

{n: clericalism} a policy of supporting the influence and power of the clergy in secular or political matters

{n: closed universe} (cosmology) a universe in which there is sufficient matter to halt the expansion that began with the big bang and to cause the universe to collapse again; the visible matter is only 10 percent of the matter required for closure but there may be large amounts of dark matter

{n: clothes moth} any of several small yellowish or buff-colored moths whose larvae eat organic matter e.g. woolens

{n: conservation of mass, conservation of matter, law of conservation of mass, law of conservation of matter} a fundamental principle of classical physics that matter cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system

{n: contractility} the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting, especially by muscle fibers and even some other forms of living matter

{n: coprolith, fecalith, faecalith, stercolith} a hard mass of fecal matter

{n: corpus striatum, striatum, striate body} a striped mass of white and grey matter located in front of the thalamus in each cerebral hemisphere; consists of the caudate nucleus and the lenticular nucleus

{n: corruption} decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)

{n: council} (Christianity) an assembly or theologians and bishops and other representative of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine

{n: cow pie, cowpie} fecal matter of a cow

{n: dark matter} (cosmology) a hypothetical form of matter that is believed to make up 90 percent of the matter in the universe; it is invisible (does not absorb or emit light) and does not collide with atomic particles but exerts gravitational force

{n: degree, grade, level} a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
"a moderate grade of intelligence"
"a high level of care is required"
"it is all a matter of degree"

{n: dentate nucleus} a large laminar nucleus of grey matter within the white matter of each cerebral hemisphere

{n: digestion} the process of decomposing organic matter (as in sewage) by bacteria or by chemical action or heat

{n: dimensionality} the spatial property of having dimensions
"all matter has dimensionality"

{n: droppings, dung, muck} fecal matter of animals

{n: dualism} the doctrine that reality consists of two basic opposing elements, often taken to be mind and matter (or mind and body), or good and evil

{n: duality, wave-particle duality} (physics) the property of matter and electromagnetic radiation that is characterized by the fact that some properties can be explained best by wave theory and others by particle theory

{n: dullness} lack of sensibility
"there was a dullness in his heart"
"without him the dullness of her life crept into her work no matter how she tried to compartmentalize it."

{n: ecumenical council} (early Christian church) one of seven gatherings of bishops from around the known world under the presidency of the Pope to regulate matters of faith and morals and discipline
"the first seven councils through 787 are considered to be ecumenical councils by both the Roman Catholic church and the Eastern Orthodox church but the next fourteen councils are considered ecumenical only by the Roman Catholic church"

{n: edible fat} oily or greasy matter making up the bulk of fatty tissue in animals and in seeds and other plant tissue

{n: elementary particle, fundamental particle} (physics) a particle that is less complex than an atom; regarded as constituents of all matter

{n: eminence grise} (French) a person who exercises power or influence in certain areas without holding an official position
"the President's wife is an eminence grise in matters of education"

{n: evidence} (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved

{n: extraneousness} unrelatedness by virtue of falling outside the matter at hand

{n: fastidiousness} the trait of being meticulous about matters of taste or style
"neatness and fastidiousness of dress"

{n: festering, suppuration, maturation} (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus

{n: fibrous astrocyte} star-shaped cells with long processes; found in the white matter of the brain and spinal cord

{n: field theory} (physics) a theory that explains a physical phenomenon in terms of a field and the manner in which it interacts with matter or with other fields

{n: flushless toilet} a toilet that relies on bacteria to break down waste matter (instead of using water)

{n: foregone conclusion, matter of course} an inevitable ending

{n: forwardness} an advanced stage
"the forwardness of the harvest this year"
"the arts are in no kind of forwardness in this matter"

{n: front matter, prelims} written matter preceding the main text of a book

{n: furring} a furlike coating of matter as on the tongue

{n: garbage heap, junk heap, rubbish heap, scrapheap, trash heap, junk pile, trash pile, refuse heap} an accumulation of refuse and discarded matter

{n: gas, gaseous state} the state of matter distinguished from the solid and liquid states by: relatively low density and viscosity; relatively great expansion and contraction with changes in pressure and temperature; the ability to diffuse readily; and the spontaneous tendency to become distributed uniformly throughout any container

{n: genus Bacillus} type genus of the Bacillaceae; includes many saprophytes important in decay of organic matter and a number of parasites

{n: germaneness} pertinence by virtue of a close relation to the matter at hand

{n: government, authorities, regime} the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit
"the government reduced taxes"
"the matter was referred to higher authorities"

{n: grey matter, gray matter, grey substance, gray substance, substantia grisea} greyish nervous tissue containing cell bodies as well as fibers; forms the cerebral cortex consisting of unmyelinated neurons

{n: handful, smattering} a small number or amount
"only a handful of responses were received"

{n: hard copy} (computer science) matter that is held in a computer and is typed or printed on paper
"he ran off a hard copy of the report"

{n: hedonism} the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle

{n: hepatitis A, infectious hepatitis} an acute but benign form of viral hepatitis caused by an RNA virus that does not persist in the blood serum and is usually transmitted by ingesting food or drink that is contaminated with fecal matter

{n: hippocampus} a complex neural structure (shaped like a sea horse) consisting of grey matter and located on the floor of each lateral ventricle; intimately involved in motivation and emotion as part of the limbic system; has a central role in the formation of memories

{n: hole, hollow} a depression hollowed out of solid matter

{n: home rule} self-government in local matters by a city or county that is part of a national government

{n: humic substance} an organic residue of decaying organic matter

{n: ijtihad} the endeavor of a Moslem scholar to derive a rule of divine law from the Koran and Hadith without relying on the views of other scholars; by the end of the 10th century theologians decided that debate on such matters would be closed and Muslim theology and law were frozen
"some reform-minded Islamic scholars believe that reopening ijtihad is a prerequisite for the survival of Islam"

{n: imperativeness, insistence, insistency, press, pressure} the state of demanding notice or attention
"the insistence of their hunger"
"the press of business matters"

{n: inapplicability} irrelevance by virtue of being inapplicable to the matter at hand
<-> applicability

{n: inquiry, enquiry} a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest

{n: intravasation} entry of foreign matter into a blood vessel

{n: irrelevance, irrelevancy} the lack of a relation of something to the matter at hand
<-> relevance

{n: judgment of dismissal, judgement of dismissal, dismissal} a judgment disposing of the matter without a trial

{n: judgment, judgement, judicial decision} (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it

{n: lead, lead-in, lede} the introductory section of a story
"it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"

{n: liquid} a substance in the fluid state of matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume

{n: maggot} the larva of the housefly and blowfly commonly found in decaying organic matter

{n: mandamus, writ of mandamus} an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion; used only when all other judicial remedies fail

{n: mass} a body of matter without definite shape
"a huge ice mass"

{n: matter of fact} a matter that is an actual fact or is demonstrable as a fact

{n: matter, affair, thing} a vaguely specified concern
"several matters to attend to"
"it is none of your affair"
"things are going well"

{n: misprint, erratum, typographical error, typo, literal error, literal} a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind

{n: mold, mould} a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter

{n: mulch} a protective covering of rotting vegetable matter spread to reduce evaporation and soil erosion

{n: nature} a particular type of thing
"problems of this type are very difficult to solve"
"he's interested in trains and things of that nature"


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