Mat'eriel Ma`t['e]`ri`el", n. [F. See {Material}.] That in a complex system which constitutes the materials, or instruments employed, in distinction from the personnel, or men; as, the baggage, munitions, provisions, etc., of an army; or the buildings, libraries, and apparatus of a college, in distinction from its officers. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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