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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sub·stance /ˈsʌbstən(t)s/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 sub·stance /ˈsəbstən(t)s/ 名詞

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·stance, v. t. To furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·stance n.
 1. That which underlies all outward manifestations; substratum; the permanent subject or cause of phenomena, whether material or spiritual; that in which properties inhere; that which is real, in distinction from that which is apparent; the abiding part of any existence, in distinction from any accident; that which constitutes anything what it is; real or existing essence.
 These cooks, how they stamp, and strain, and grind,
 And turn substance into accident!   --Chaucer.
 Heroic virtue did his actions guide,
 And he the substance, not the appearance, chose.   --Dryden.
 2. The most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport.
    This edition is the same in substance with the Latin.   --Bp. Burnet.
    It is insolent in words, in manner; but in substance it is not only insulting, but alarming.   --Burke.
 3. Body; matter; material of which a thing is made; hence, substantiality; solidity; firmness; as, the substance of which a garment is made; some textile fabrics have little substance.
 4. Material possessions; estate; property; resources.
    And there wasted his substance with riotous living.   --Luke xv. 13.
 Thy substance, valued at the highest rate,
 Can not amount unto a hundred marks.   --Shak.
    We are destroying many thousand lives, and exhausting our substance, but not for our own interest.   --Swift.
 5. Theol. Same as Hypostasis, 2.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: that which has mass and occupies space; "an atom is the
           smallest indivisible unit of matter" [syn: matter]
      2: the stuff of which an object consists
      3: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some
         idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's
         argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party";
         "the nub of the story" [syn: kernel, core, center, essence,
          gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow,
          meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty]
      4: the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this
         proverb?" [syn: meaning]
      5: considerable capital (wealth or income); "he is a man of
         means" [syn: means]
      6: what a communication that is about something is about [syn:
         message, content, subject matter]