material vs materiel : Common Errors in English

About material vs materiel

“Material” is a very common word, so it’s not surprising that when people encounter the French-derived spelling “materiel” in military contexts (“supplying men and materiel”), they think it’s a mistake and “correct” it to the more familiar “material.” The equipment and supplies used by armies and other organizations are “materiel,” which is never spelled with an S on the end.

material Meaning(s)

  • (n) the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
  • (n) information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form
  • (n) artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  • (n) things needed for doing or making something
  • (n) a person judged suitable for admission or employment
  • (s) concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests
  • (a) derived from or composed of matter
  • (a) directly relevant to a matter especially a law case
  • (s) concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being
  • (a) having material or physical form or substance
  • (a) having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

materiel Meaning(s)

  • (n) equipment and supplies of a military force

material in News

  1. Global and China Superhard Material and Product Industry Report, 2012-2015

    NEW YORK, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global and China Superhard Material and Product Industry Report, 2012-2015 ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. US Supreme Court: Human Genetic Material Can't Be Patented

    Big news from the east side of Capitol Hill: It's not okay to patent genetic material taken from the human body. Or at least, it's not okay in the eyes of the nation's highest court. SCOTUS took on the controversial and somewhat futuristic case earlier this year, and with all the torrid discussion about updating all patent laws, everyone knew that this decision would be a landmark one. Read more ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Gizmodo

  3. SJF Material Handling Named "100 Best" by Minnesota Business Magazine

    SJF Material Handling Inc. in Winsted, Mn. is named one of Minnesota’s “100 Best Companies to Work for” in 2013. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

materiel in News

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