Dictionary

1mat

noun \ˈmat\

Definition of MAT

1
a (1) :  a piece of coarse, woven, plaited, or felted fabric used especially as a floor covering or a support (2) :  a piece of material placed at a door for wiping soiled shoe soles
b :  a decorative piece of material used under a small item (as a dish) especially for support or protection
c :  a large thick pad or cushion used as a surface for wrestling, tumbling, and gymnastics
2
:  something made up of densely tangled or adhering filaments or strands especially of organic matter <an algal mat> <a mat of unkempt hair>
3
:  a large slab usually of reinforced concrete used as the supporting base of a building
ADVERTISEMENT

Origin of MAT

Middle English, from Old English meatte, from Late Latin matta, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew miṭṭāh bed
First Known Use: before 12th century

2mat

verb
mat·tedmat·ting

Definition of MAT

transitive verb
1
:  to provide with a mat or matting
2
a :  to form into a tangled mass <dirt and filth matted her hair>
b :  to pack down so as to form a dense mass
intransitive verb
:  to become matted

First Known Use of MAT

1549

3mat

verb \ˈmat\
mat·tedmat·ting

Definition of MAT

transitive verb
1
also matte or matt :  to make (as a metal, glass, or color) matte
2
:  to provide (a picture) with a mat

First Known Use of MAT

1602

4mat

Definition of MAT

variant of 2matte

Other Paints and Dyes Terms

bloom, craze, medium, size, vehicle

5mat

noun

Definition of MAT

:  a border going around a picture between picture and frame or serving as the frame

Origin of MAT

French mat dull color, unpolished surface, from mat, adjective — more at matte
First Known Use: 1845

Other Pictures (on film) Terms

daguerreotype, emulsion, fill, sepia, still, stop

6mat

noun

Definition of MAT

:  matrix 2a

First Known Use of MAT

1904
MAT Defined for Kids

1mat

noun \ˈmat\

Definition of MAT for Kids

1
:  a piece of material used as a floor or seat covering or in front of a door to wipe the shoes on
2
:  a decorative piece of material used under dishes or vases
3
:  a pad or cushion for gymnastics or wrestling
4
:  something made up of many tangled strands <a mat of hair>

2mat

verb
mat·tedmat·ting

Definition of MAT for Kids

:  to form into a tangled mass
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears