Flesh vs Matter - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between flesh and matter

is that flesh is the soft tissue of the body, especially muscle and fat while matter is .

As a verb flesh

is to bury (something, especially a weapon) in flesh.



(wikipedia flesh)


  • The soft tissue of the body, especially muscle and fat.
  • *1918 , Fannie Farmer, , Chapter XVII: Poultry and Game:
  • *:The flesh of chicken, fowl, and turkey has much shorter fibre than that of ruminating animals, and is not intermingled with fat,—the fat always being found in layers directly under the skin, and surrounding the intestines.
  • The skin of a human or animal.
  • (by extension) Bare arms, bare legs, bare torso.
  • (archaic) Animal tissue regarded as food; meat.
  • *:
  • *:Thenne syr launcelot sayd / fader what shalle I do / Now sayd the good man / I requyre yow take this hayre that was this holy mans and putte it nexte thy skynne / and it shalle preuaylle the gretely / syr and I wille doo hit sayd sir launcelot / Also I charge you that ye ete no flesshe as longe as ye be in the quest of the sancgreal / nor ye shalle drynke noo wyne / and that ye here masse dayly and ye may doo hit
  • *c.1530s , , 7, xix-xxi,
  • *:The flesh' that twycheth any vnclene thinge shall not be eaten. but burnt with fire:and all that be clene in their flesh, maye eate ' flesh .
  • *:Yf any soule eate of the flesh' of the peaceofferynges, that pertayne vnto the Lorde and hys vnclennesse yet apon him, the same soule shall perisshe from amonge his peoole(sic). ¶ Moreouer yf a soule twych any vnclene thinge, whether it be the vnclennesse of man or of any vnclene beest or any abhominacion that is vnclene: ad the eate of the ' flesh of the peaceoffrynges whiche pertayne vnto the Lord, that soule shall perissh from his people.
  • The human body as a physical entity.
  • *c.1530s , , 6, x,
  • *:And the preast shall put on his lynen albe and his lynen breches apon his flesh , and take awaye the asshes whiche the fire of the burntsacrifice in the altare hath made, and put them besyde the alter,
  • (religion) The mortal body of a human being, contrasted with the spirit or soul.
  • *1769 , , 5, xvii,
  • *:For the flesh' lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the ' flesh : and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
  • *1929 January, Bassett Morgan ( ,
  • *:But death had no gift for me, no power to free me from flesh .
  • (religion) The evil and corrupting principle working in man.
  • The soft, often edible, parts of fruits or vegetables.
  • *2003 , Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest , page 81,
  • *:The flesh of black walnuts was a protein-packed winter food carefully hoarded in tall, stilted buildings.
  • (obsolete) Tenderness of feeling; gentleness.
  • *Cowper
  • *:There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart.
  • (obsolete) Kindred; stock; race.
  • *Bible, Genesis xxxvii. 27
  • *:He is our brother and our flesh .
  • A yellowish pink colour; the colour of some Caucasian human skin.
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  • Synonyms

    * See also


  • To bury (something, especially a weapon) in flesh.
  • * 1933 , Robert E. Howard, The Scarlet Citadel
  • Give me a clean sword and a clean foe to flesh it in.
  • (obsolete) To inure or habituate someone (in) or (to) a given practice.
  • *, II.7:
  • And whosoever could now joyne us together, and eagerly flesh all our people to a common enterprise, we should make our ancient military name and chivalrous credit to flourish againe.
  • To put flesh on; to fatten.
  • To add details.
  • The writer had to go back and flesh out the climactic scene.
  • To remove the flesh from the skin during the making of leather.
  • Derived terms

    * exchange flesh * flesh and blood * flesh fly * flesh out * flesh side * flesh-wing * flesh wound * flesher * fleshing * fleshpot * fleshy * goose flesh * in the flesh * one flesh * pound of flesh * press the flesh * proud flesh * way of all flesh

    See also

    * carrion * incarnate * sarcoid *


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    (wikipedia matter)


  • Substance, material.
  • # (physics) The basic structural component of the universe. Matter usually has mass and volume.
  • # (physics) Matter made up of normal particles, not antiparticles. (Non-antimatter matter).
  • # A kind of substance.
  • # Written material (especially in books or magazines).
  • # (philosophy) Aristotelian: undeveloped potentiality subject to change and development; formlessness. Matter receives form, and becomes substance.
  • A condition, subject or affair, especially one of concern.
  • * (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • if the matter should be tried by duel
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • Son of God, Saviour of men! Thy name / Shall be the copious matter of my song.
  • * Bible, (w) xviii. 22
  • Every great matter' they shall bring unto thee, but every small ' matter they shall judge.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again;
  • * 12 July 2012 , Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • The matter of whether the world needs a fourth Ice Age movie pales beside the question of why there were three before it, but Continental Drift feels less like an extension of a theatrical franchise than an episode of a middling TV cartoon, lolling around on territory that’s already been settled.
  • An approximate amount or extent.
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • No small matter of British forces were commanded over sea the year before.
  • * (w, Roger L'Estrange) (1616-1704)
  • Away he goes,a matter of seven miles.
  • * (William Congreve) (1670-1729)
  • I have thoughts to tarry a small matter .
  • (obsolete) The essence; the pith; the embodiment.
  • * (Ben Jonson) (1572-1637)
  • He is the matter of virtue.
  • (obsolete) Inducing cause or reason, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing.
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • And this is the matter why interpreters upon that passage in Hosea will not consent it to be a true story, that the prophet took a harlot to wife.
  • (obsolete) Pus.
  • Synonyms

    * material * stuff * substance

    Derived terms

    (Terms derived from the noun "matter") * a small matter - Somewhat, slightly * as a matter of fact - Actually * as a matter of law * back matter * baryonic matter * baryonic dark matter * degenerate matter * fecal matter * for that matter - In regards to * front matter * gray matter, grey matter * matterless * matter-of-fact * matter of record * mind over matter * mattery * no matter * organic matter * particulate matter * state of matter * strange matter * subject-matter * what's the matter * white matter


    (en verb)
  • To be important.
  • :The only thing that matters to Jim is being rich.
  • :Sorry for pouring ketchup on your clean white shirt! - Oh, don't worry, it does not matter .
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish,I do not suppose that it matters much in reality whether laws are made by dukes or cornerboys, but I like, as far as possible, to associate with gentlemen in private life.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=April 10, author=Alistair Magowan, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle , passage=Despite further attempts by Agbonlahor and Young, however, they could not find the goal to reward their endeavour.
    It mattered little as Newcastle's challenge faded and Villa began to dominate the game in midfield, and it was only Barton's continued sense of injustice that offered the visitors any spark in a tame contest.}}
  • (transitive, obsolete, outside, dialects) To care about, to mind; to find important.
  • *, Folio Society 1973, p.47:
  • *:Besides, if it had been out of doors I had not mattered it so much; but with my own servant, in my own house, under my own roof
  • To form pus or matter, as an abscess; to maturate.
  • *Sir (Philip Sidney) (1554-1586)
  • *:Each slight sore mattereth .
  • Derived terms

    * it doesn't matter * no matter - In spite of


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