Examples of Things That Are Not Matter

Everything that has mass and takes up space is matter

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What are some examples of things that are not matter? To answer the question, you need to understand what matter is.

Everything that has mass and takes up space is matter. Every day, you encounter phenomena that either don't have mass or don't take up space. They are non-matter. Basically, any type of energy or any abstract concept is an example of something that is not matter.

Things That Are Not Matter

Here are several things that don't meet the definition of matter:

  • Time
  • Sound
  • Sunlight
  • Rainbow
  • Love
  • Thoughts
  • Gravity
  • Microwaves
  • Heat
  • Memories
  • Information
  • Reflections
  • Energy

Other examples include dreams, magnetism, radio, and hate.

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Examples of Things That Are Not Matter." ThoughtCo, Feb. 16, 2021, thoughtco.com/examples-of-things-not-matter-608349. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2021, February 16). Examples of Things That Are Not Matter. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/examples-of-things-not-matter-608349 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Examples of Things That Are Not Matter." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/examples-of-things-not-matter-608349 (accessed April 18, 2021).