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1. Describing information that is or may be relevant for a firm's operations. For example, if a VCR company is experiencing a dearth of demand because most of its potential customers are buying DVD players, this is material information that will likely need to be disclosed to shareholders. See also: Immaterial.

2. Raw substances that a company uses to make its product. For example, an oil refinery's material is crude oil, which it makes into refined oil.


Of sufficient importance or relevance as to have possible significant influence on an outcome. For example, the possibility that a firm might lose its right to operate a number of television stations because competitors have filed with the Federal Communications Commission for those licenses would be a material fact in preparing the firm's financial statements. Compare immaterial.
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6) And if you are a Christian, you surely must have read in the Bible the materializations that Jesus Christ was reported to have done.
1 presents an example of the materialization of the parking management function for airplanes on the airport, including all the maintenance services and taking into account the risk of any subfunction.
The most commonly known case of materialization was when Jesus Christ fed some 5,000 people with only a few pieces of bread and fish.
The drilling is aimed at testing the down dip extent of gold materialization exploited in the past by artisanal mining.
By means of its kinked faades and its materialization with the raw wooden faades, which is characterized by its exterior, it is arranged in the park-like surroundings.
They also emphasized the need for both Tehran and Baku to pave the way for materialization of the previously inked agreement's objectives to boost tv and radio cooperation.
The minister while expressing firm resolve of the government said that it would leave no stone unturned for materialization of this objective and soon this initiative would be converted into a next generation transformation and technology parks capable of housing companies from different sectors of socio-economic development that can be enabled through exploitation of current and future ICT technologies.
The interest of Anderson's research is her argument that this materialization took place (literally) word-by-word, that is, not at the level of holistic structures but at the level of random particles - isolate words, proverbs and sayings, quotations, epitaphs - quite as if English were not yet thought of as a superordinate language but as something to be engaged intimately as so many singular and detachable ingredients.
Some of the key factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from those expected include weather, available capacity, market liquidity and other factors impacting power and natural gas prices and demand for our products and services; the materialization of growth opportunities in the energy sector; and general economic and political conditions.
This project, which is designed for preventing direct exports of crude oil and producing value-added materials, is in line with the guidelines of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei about materialization of the Resistance Economy and Article 44 of the Constitution.
Both of them exchanged views on successful materialization of electoral process.
It has also sought permission from Pakistan for materialization of the project.