material-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: cloth, textiles

Commentary: MATERIAL[+entity][+artifact][+fabric] artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers - fabric, cloth, textile

The curtains are made of a light cotton material.
She measured off enough material for a dress.
Mary bought upholstery material to replace the covers on her dining room chairs.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 2: stuff or tangible substance

Commentary: MATERIAL[+entity][+substance][+tangible] the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
NOTE: preceding modifier often specifies the type of substance

Coal is a hard black material.
The body of the plane is made of an engineered composite material.
Mary wiped off the sticky material that was on the counter.
These explosive materials may not be shipped by air freight.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: information content

Commentary: MATERIAL[+entity][+symbolic][+information][+content] information content, e.g. data, artistic content

The archives provided rich material for a definitive biography.
That band performs only original material composed by the lead singer.
The teacher said we are not responsible for the material at the end of Chapter Eight.
The comedian drew material for his jokes largely from his own childhood.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: useful equipment, tools

Commentary: MATERIAL[+entity][+artifact][+equipment][+useful] things needed for doing or making something
NOTE: preceding modifier often specifies what the material is used for.

She purchased all of her writing materials at the flea market.
There is still a large pile of building material at the construction site.
I put the cleaning materials underneath the sink.
John used scales and weights as teaching materials for his math class.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: a person

Commentary: MATERIAL[+entity][+person][+applicant][+suitable] a person judged suitable for admission or employment

He was university material.
She was vice-presidential material.
The women decided that Bob was not marriage material.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5