Substantial vs Mat - What's the difference?

substantial | mat |

As an adjective substantial

is having to substance; actually existing; real; as, substantial life.

As a noun substantial

is anything having substance; an essential part.




(en adjective)
  • Having to substance; actually existing; real; as, substantial life.
  • Not seeming or imaginary; not illusive; real; solid; true; veritable.
  • * "to do some substantial good, is the compensation for much incidental imperfection" - Cardinal Newman, The Rise and Progress of Universities
  • Corporeal; material; firm.
  • Having good substance; strong; stout; solid; firm; as, substantial cloth; a substantial fence or wall.
  • possessed of goods or an estate; moderately wealthy; responsible; as, a substantial freeholder.
  • Large in size, quantity, or value; as, a substantial amount of money; vast
  • Most important; essential.
  • Ample or full.
  • A substantial amount of people in this buliding
  • Significantly great.
  • Derived terms

    * consubstantial * insubstantial * substantiality * substantially * substantialness


    (en noun)
  • Anything having substance; an essential part.
  • mat


    (wikipedia mat)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from ).


    (en noun)
  • A flat piece of coarse material used for wiping one’s feet, or as a decorative or protective floor covering.
  • Wipe your feet on the mat before coming in.
  • A small flat piece of material used to protect a surface from anything hot or rough; a coaster.
  • They put mats on the table during mealtimes.
  • (athletics) A floor pad to protect athletes.
  • The high jumper cleared the bar and landed safely on the mat .
  • A thickly tangled mess.
  • a mat''' of hair; a '''mat of weeds
  • A thick paper or paperboard border used to inset and center the contents of a frame.
  • the mat of a daguerreotype
  • A thin layer of woven, non-woven, or knitted fiber that serves as reinforcement to a material.
  • (gaming) A material or component needed for a crafting recipe
  • To make a luck potion, you need several rare herbs as mats .
    Derived terms
    * crash mat * doormat * mat slab * place mat * welcome mat


  • To cover, protect or decorate with mats.
  • (Evelyn)
  • To form a thick, tangled mess; to interweave into, or like, a mat; to entangle.
  • * Dryden
  • And o'er his eyebrows hung his matted hair.

    Etymology 2

    Compare (m).

    Alternative forms

    * (l)


  • (coppersmithing) An alloy of copper, tin, iron, etc.; white metal.
  • Anagrams

    * (l), (l), (l), (l), (l), (l) ----