One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Become free of physical substance.
- ‘Many reports have come back that the Plates ‘disappear’ or actually dematerialize.’
- ‘Radio words dematerialize, lost the moment they're uttered.’
- 1.1 (in science fiction) disappear by means of some imagined technological process.‘he watched the time machine dematerialize’
disappear, vanish, evaporate, dissolve, melt away, melt into thin air, be dispelledView synonyms
- ‘With that he dematerialized once again and disappeared, obviously happy that he didn't have to hide any longer.’
- ‘He immediately dematerializes, causing her punch to miss, and pulling her off balance.’
- ‘Lynx walked further into the waves, dematerializing into his water form.’
- ‘Specters sometimes drifted throughout the area, watching him with disconcertingly blank faces of incorporeal ectoplasm and dematerializing seconds later.’
- ‘‘Thanks, we'd appreciate that,’ she replied, putting the new books and bottles inside the trunk and dematerializing it once again.’
- ‘The figure watched them go and dematerialized into the wind once again with a sinister laugh.’
- 1.2with object Replace (physical records or certificates) with a paperless computerized system.‘a dematerialized stock lending service’
- ‘What was solid fact on Sunday had dematerialised by Monday.’
- ‘If securities are represented by a global note or are dematerialized, then bailment is not an appropriate characterization, even in the simplest of cases governed by English law.’
- ‘The proliferation of chat rooms and discussion boards, including our own, tends to encourage investors to talk grandly of all the new and exciting possibilities that a ‘dematerialising’ economy can offer.’
- ‘The distinction between a material and dematerialized economy is, I think, a false one.’
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