Old French , from substance Latin substantia ( " substance, essence " ), from , present active participle of subst?ns subst? ( " exist ", literally " stand under " ), from + sub st? ( " stand " ).
( US ) (: key) /'s?bst?ns/, ['s?bst?nts]
substance ( , countable and uncountable plural )
1699, William Temple,
Heads designed for an essay on conversations Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it. 2013 July 20, " Welcome to the plastisphere", in , volume 408, number 8845: The Economist Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field. Synonyms: , matter stuff The
essential part of anything; the most vital part.
date this quote by John Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) Heroic virtue did his actions guide, / And he the substance, not the appearance, chose.
date this quote by Bishop Burnet and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) This edition is the same in substance with the Latin. (Can we
date this quote by Edmund Burke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) It is insolent in words, in manner; but in substance it is not only insulting, but alarming. Synonyms: , crux gist Substantiality; solidity; firmness.
Some textile fabrics have little substance. Material possessions; estate; property; resources.
a man of substance Bible,
Luke xv. 13
And there wasted his substance with riotous living.
date this quote by Jonathan Swift and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) We are destroying many thousand lives, and exhausting our substance, but not for our own interest. A form of matter that has constant chemical composition and characteristic properties.
Drugs ( illegal narcotics )
substance abuse Synonyms: , dope gear ( theology ) Hypostasis.
substantiality; solidity; firmness
a form of matter with constant chemical composition and characteristic properties
The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
Translations to be checked
substance ( third-person singular simple present , substances present participle , substancing simple past and past participle )
substanced ( rare , transitive ) To give substance to; to make real or substantial.
1873, Adeline Dutton Train Whitney, The Other Girls, page 335: If life were nothing but what gets phrased and substanced, the world might as well be rolled up and laid away again in darkness. 1982, Dhupaty V. K. Raghavacharyulu, The Song of the Red Rose and Other Poems, page 78: The calm ruminating / Reverie, substancing / Intellect into emotion, / Is shelter enough for love / Unhumiliated by faith.
Latin substantia ( " substance, essence " ), from , present active participle of subst?ns subst? ( " exist ", literally " stand under " ), from + sub st? ( " stand " ).
(: key) /syp.sts/
substance ( f plural )
substance ( f oblique plural , substances nominative singular , substance nominative plural )
essential; substantial part existence