n 1: that which has mass and occupies space; "an atom is the
smallest indivisible unit of matter" [syn: substance
2: a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to";
"it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
3: some situation or event that is thought about; "he kept
drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the
subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the
police" [syn: topic
4: a problem; "is anything the matter?"
5: (used with negation) having consequence; "they were friends
and it was no matter who won the games"
6: written works (especially in books or magazines); "he always
took some reading matter with him on the plane"
v : have weight; have import, carry weight; "It does not matter
much" [syn: count