matter (

     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"
        [syn: affair, thing]
     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, subject, issue]
     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, weigh]