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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun substance:

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Definition of the noun substance

What does substance mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: substances

  1. the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
    • example: DNA is the substance of our genes
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • more generic terms: matter = that which has mass and occupies space; component / component part / constituent / part / portion = something determined in relation to something that includes it
    • more specific terms:
      • body substance = the substance of the body
      • living substance / protoplasm = the substance of a living cell
      • chemistry = the chemical composition and properties of a substance or object
      • material / stuff = the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
      • phlogiston = a hypothetical substance once believed to be present in all combustible materials and to be released during burning
      • mixture = a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together
      • atom = the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
      • 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
      • activator = any agency bringing about activation
      • substrate = the substance that is acted upon by an enzyme or ferment
      • element = one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe
      • medium = an intervening substance through which something is achieved
      • medium = a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed
      • fluid = a substance that is fluid at room temperature and pressure
      • volatile = a volatile substance
      • essence = any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted
  2. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
  3. the idea that is intended
  4. material of a particular kind or constitution
    • example: the immune response recognizes invading substances
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic term: physical entity = an entity that has physical existence
  5. considerable capital (wealth or income)
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of substance: means
    • more generic word: capital = wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value
    • more specific words:
  6. what a communication that is about something is about
  7. the property of holding together and retaining its shape
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of substance: body / consistence / consistency
    • more generic word: property = a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
    • more specific words:
    • attributes:
      • thick = relatively dense in consistency
      • thin = relatively thin in consistency or low in density
  8. a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties
    • example: shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • more generic word: matter = that which has mass and occupies space
    • more specific terms:
      • nutrient / food = any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
      • nutrient = any substance (such as a chemical element or inorganic compound) that can be taken in by a green plant and used in organic synthesis
      • philosopher's stone / philosophers' stone / elixir = hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold
      • allergen = any substance that can cause an allergy
      • assay = a substance that is undergoing an analysis of its components
      • pyrectic / pyrogen = any substance that can cause a rise in body temperature
      • pyrogen = any substance characterized by its great flammability
      • hydrocolloid = a substance that forms a gel with water
      • adulterator / adulterant = any substance that lessens the purity or effectiveness of a substance
      • propellant / propellent = any substance that propels
      • denaturant = any substance that serves as a denaturing agent
      • inhibitor = a substance that retards or stops an activity
      • ferment = a substance capable of bringing about fermentation
      • agent = a substance that exerts some force or effect
      • carcinogen = any substance that produces cancer
      • digestive = any substance that promotes digestion
      • fomentation = a substance used as a warm moist medicinal compress or poultice
      • fuel = a substance that can be consumed to produce energy
      • lubricating substance / lubricator / lubricant / lube = a substance capable of reducing friction by making surfaces smooth or slippery
      • humectant = any substance that is added to another substance to keep it moist
      • inoculant / inoculum = a substance (a virus or toxin or immune serum) that is introduced into the body to produce or increase immunity to a particular disease
      • jelly = any substance having the consistency of jelly or gelatin
      • leavening / leaven = a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
      • refrigerant = any substance used to provide cooling
      • lysin = any substance (such as an antibody) or agent that can cause lysis
      • poisonous substance / toxicant / poison = any substance that causes injury or illness or death of a living organism
      • chemical irritant = a substance producing irritation
      • antigen = any substance (as a toxin or enzyme) that stimulates an immune response in the body
      • ligand = a substance (an atom or molecule or radical or ion) that forms a complex around a central atom
      • metabolite = any substance involved in metabolism
      • vehicle = any substance that facilitates the use of a drug or pigment or other material that is mixed with it

Alternative definition of the noun substance


  1. Physical matter; material.
  2. The essential part of anything; the most vital part.
  3. Considerable wealth or resources.
  4. Drugs [gloss, illegal narcotics]


substance is a musical group.


Substance is a record label.


  1. "Substance" is a singles compilation album by the post-punk band Joy Division, released on Factory Records in 1988. It is the companion to a similar singles compilation by their subsequent band New Order, also entitled Substance. It peaked at #7 in the UK album chart and #146 on the Billboard 200, the band's only chart appearance in the United States. It also reached #15 in New Zealand and #53 in Australia in August 1988.
    • also known as Substance (Joy Division), Substance (Joy Division-album)
    • genres: Post-punk, Gothic rock
    • released in (27 years ago)
  2. "Substance" a.k.a. "Substance 1987": Substance is a compilation album by English alternative dance band New Order, released in August 1987 by Factory Records. It compiles all of the band's singles at that point in their 12-inch versions, along with their respective B-side tracks. The then-newly released non-album single "True Faith" is also featured, along with its B-side "1963".
  3. "Substance" is the fourth studio album by Trance duo Blank & Jones. It was released in 2002.
  4. "Substance" is a musical album of Arika Kane.
    • released on
  5. "Substance" is a musical album of Tristan.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  6. "Substance" is a musical EP of Likwid Biskit.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  7. "Substance" is a composition.
  8. "Substance" is a musical album of Nano Synthetic.
    • released on
  9. "Substance" is a musical album of Betrayed.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  10. "Substance" is a musical single of For the Fallen Dreams.
    • released on
  11. "Substance" is a musical single of Black Thumb.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  12. "Substance" is a musical album of Yardarm.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  13. "Substance" is a musical single of Dot Allison.
    • released in (14 years ago)


"Substance" is a 2014 documentary short film written and directed by Sebastian Mez.

Phrases with Substance

Phrases starting with the word Substance:

  1. substance abuse
  2. substance abuser

Phrases ending with the word Substance:

  1. body substance
  2. gray substance
  3. grey substance
  4. Alarm Substance
  5. humic substance
  6. plant substance
  7. ground substance
  8. living substance
  9. chemical substance
  10. poisonous substance
  11. synthetic substance
  12. controlled substance
  13. solid body substance
  14. liquid body substance
  15. lubricating substance
  16. translucent substance
  17. transparent substance
  18. psychoactive substance

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Substance

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Google previewLeibniz's Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles (2014)

by Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

Here Leibniz asserts that from the fact that substances have complete concepts it follows that no two substances can resemble each other completely and that every substance is a lowest species, provided one takes specific difference as the ...

Google previewFacilitating Practitioner Research (2012)

Developing Transformational Partnerships by Susan Groundwater-Smith, Jane Mitchell, Nicole Mockler, Petra Ponte, Karin Ronnerman

Substance refers to normative, moral ideas that are continuously at stake in the work that we think should be done.

Google previewSourcebook in the History of Philosophy of Language (2017)

Primary source texts from the Pre-Socratics to Mill by Margaret Cameron, Benjamin Hill, Robert J. Stainton

The answer should be that the inclination of the quality of a noun towards its substance is the inclination of something perfective...

Google previewThe North British Review (1866)

Substance is that which remains when all attributes have been abstracted, yet it is also the concretion of attributes,

As the mere form substance is the so-called “secondary” or improper substance of the treatise on the categories; as the ...

Google previewThe Deleuze Dictionary Revised Edition (2010)

by Adrian Parr

SUBSTANCE certain art practices from prehistory to today, those that allow access to a kind of immanent beyond to the everyday, and to everyday consciousness. We might say, then, that this is the aesthetic – and ritualistic – function of art ...

Google previewA Botanical Dictionary (1805)

Or, Elements of Systematic and Philosophical Botany by Colin Milne

bladders, without any sensible communication, which fill the interstices of the net formed by the sap- vessels, and traverse the whole substance of the bark and wood, from the pith, ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

solvent A substance, usually a liquid, in which a solute dissolves to form a solution. states of matter The three states are solid, liquid, and gas. stereoisomerism Isomers of a ...

Google previewRÖMPP Encyclopedia Natural Products, 1st Edition, 2000 (2014)

by Burkhard Fugmann, Susanne Lang-Fugmann, Wolfgang Steglich

Of these 7 are biologically active including, besides * aldosterone (Reichstein's substance X), cortisone (cortone, Reichstein's substance Fa), hydrocortisone (cortisol, Reichstein's substance M), cortexolone ( cor-todoxone, ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B. 1 by William Nicholson

substance, it spreads rapidly from the chest into the most remote parts of the body ; and has even been known to gain admission into the eye-ball. A similar difihsion of this fluid may be effected by artificial inflation, which is commonly practised ...

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Quotes about Substance

Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance. (John Henry Newman)
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Scrabble value of S1U1B3S1T1A1N1C3E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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