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Matter Vocabulary

Science Vocabulary: Matter

Matter Anything that takes up space and has mass (weight)
Property A characteristic that helps to describe or identify an object, a material or a state of matter.
Solid A state of matter that has a definite shape and takes up a definite amount of space. (A solid keeps its shape when at rest, whether or not it is in a container.
Liquid A state of matter that does not have a definite shape or take up a definite amount of space. (A liquid fills the bottom of its container when at rest, and flows freely when poured.
Gas A state of matter that does not have a definite shape or take up a definite amount of space. (A gas can expand to fill any available space in a container.)
Compress To press on something until it takes up less space. (Gases can be compressed a lot; solids and liquids can be compressed very little.)
Expand To become larger, or take up a larger space. (A gas will expand if it is put in a larger container.)
Volume The amount of space something occupies. (A property of all matter.)
Displacement The volume of water pushed out of the way by an object in the water.
Density How heavy something is for its size.
Created by: ldorso