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materialism the philosophic theory that physical matter and its related forces are the source or cause of all phenomena. [2 definitions]
materialist an advocate of the ideas of philosophical materialism. [2 definitions]
materialistic being more greatly concerned with material things, particularly those that provide comfort or pleasure, than with spiritual matters or values.
materialize to take bodily shape and form; come into physical existence. [4 definitions]
materially to a significant extent; considerably. [2 definitions]
materia medica the drugs and other remedial substances that are used in medicine. [2 definitions]
materiel military equipment and supplies. [2 definitions]
maternal of, relating to, or characteristic of a mother. [2 definitions]
maternity the state of being a mother; motherhood. [3 definitions]
maternity leave an allowed time of absence from one's employment because of having given birth to a child.
math mathematics.
mathematical of, relating to, or expressed in mathematics. [2 definitions]
mathematician one who performs mathematics as a profession. [2 definitions]
mathematics (used with a sing. verb) the study of numbers and forms and their properties and relationships, using symbolic representation and systematically defined methods of proof.
matinee a morning or afternoon performance of a play, film, or the like.
matins (used with a sing. or pl. verb) in the Roman Catholic Church, the first of the seven canonical hours, or the service for this, usu. held between midnight and four A.M. [2 definitions]
matri- mother.
matriarch a woman who acts as head of a family, tribe, or other group of people.
matriarchy a social system in which the mother is considered head of the family or other group, and ancestry and descent are reckoned on the mother's side. (Cf. patriarchy.)
matricide the act or an instance of killing one's mother. [2 definitions]
matriculate to enroll or be enrolled in an organization, esp. a college or university. [2 definitions]