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Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of materializing or of investing with or assuming a material form; change from a spiritual, ideal, or imaginary state to a state of matter; specifically, among spiritualists, the alleged assumption by a spirit of a material or bodily form. Also spelled materialisation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of materializing, or the state of being materialized.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The conversion of something into a physical form
  • noun physics The conversion of energy into mass

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an appearance in bodily form (as of a disembodied spirit)
  • noun the process of coming into being; becoming reality
  • noun something that comes into existence as a result

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Examples

  • These semi-materializations are very interesting, since they form the connecting link between true materialization, which is solid and substantial, and so-called thought photography.

    The Problems of Psychical Research Experiments and Theories in the Realm of the Supernormal

  • I hope to persuade it to remain pretty quiet, though, because a materialization which is in a state of arrested development must of necessity be pretty soft and flabby and substanceless, and -- er -- by the way, I wonder where It comes from? "

    The American Claimant

  • Rumor has it there are more bizarre fees that aren't far from materialization, like Ryan Air's purported tinkle toll.

    Blake Fleetwood: Incredible: Airlines Want to Charge You a Fee for Giving Them Your Money

  • For instance, Valance's first appearance is a fascinating contrast to Wayne's legendary first appearance, almost a materialization, in Stagecoach: in that earlier Ford movie, the stagecoach, whose occupants the audience has been introduced to so that we are already invested in their voyage, speeds across the desert in daylight until it is brought to a sudden stop as, simultaneously, the camera suddenly swoops in to the indescribably open and surprised expression of John Wayne.

    Mira Schor: Will Obama Shoot Liberty Valance?

  • Rumor has it there are more bizarre fees that aren't far from materialization, like Ryan Air's purported tinkle toll.

    Blake Fleetwood: Incredible: Airlines Want to Charge You a Fee for Giving Them Your Money

  • "The materialization of international risks, and their potential repercussions on the banking sector and overall confidence, would weaken both domestic demand and exports," the OECD said.

    OECD: BOE Must Add to Stimulus

  • For instance, Valance's first appearance is a fascinating contrast to Wayne's legendary first appearance, almost a materialization, in Stagecoach: in that earlier Ford movie, the stagecoach, whose occupants the audience has been introduced to so that we are already invested in their voyage, speeds across the desert in daylight until it is brought to a sudden stop as, simultaneously, the camera suddenly swoops in to the indescribably open and surprised expression of John Wayne.

    Mira Schor: Will Obama Shoot Liberty Valance?

  • Some members said "the pace of the slowdown in overseas economies appeared to be somewhat more advanced and the materialization of reconstruction-related demand to be slightly delayed" compared with the central bank's predictions made in its semiannual economic outlook report issued in October, the minutes showed.

    Some BOJ Board Members Are Open to More Easing

  • The Ministry of Strategy and Finance warned later on Thursday that the materialization of risks related to North Korea's ongoing power transition pose additional downside risks.

    South Korea Flags Dimmer 2012 Outlook

  • For Portugal and its banks, the downgrade implied "the materialization of the worst-case scenario of a sharp increase in cost of risk and a lack of access to markets for a longer period," said one Madrid trader.

    Portuguese, Spanish Banks Tumble

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