Material is a broad term for the (chemical) substance, or a mixture of substances that constitute a thing. See:-
Materials science, a physical science
Textile, sometimes referred to as "material"
Material may also refer to:
Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.