The substance or substances out of which a thing is or can be made. Something, such as an idea or information, that is to be refined and made or incorporated into a finished effort: material for a comedy. Tools or apparatus for the performance of a given task: writing materials. Yard goods or cloth. A person who is qualified or suited for a position or activity: The members of the board felt that she was vice-presidential material. Of, relating to, or composed of matter. Of, relating to, or affecting physical well-being; bodily: "the moral and material welfare of all good citizens\u201d ( Theodore Roosevelt). Of or concerned with the physical as distinct from the intellectual or spiritual: "Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world\u201d ( Ralph Waldo Emerson). Being both relevant and consequential; crucial: testimony material to the inquiry. See Synonyms at relevant. Philosophy Of or relating to the matter of reasoning, rather than the form.