a.1.Consisting of matter.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Perishing of Sounds" as resulting from the active influence of the environment through which sound moves: The Aire doth willingly imbibe the Sound as gratefull, but cannot maintaine it; For that the Aire hath (as it should seeme) a secret and hidden Appetite of Receiving the Sound at the first; But then other Grosse and more Materiate Qualities of the Aire straightwaies suffocate it.
Bacon ascribes human attributes of will and appetite to the air, depicting the space between speakers and listeners as a battleground of competing tendencies; whether a sound reaches its destination will depend on which side wins out--the "appetite" of reception or the "materiate" quality of suffocation.
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