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mat

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 (such 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

Origin and Etymology of mat

Middle English, from Old English meatte, from Late Latin matta, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew miṭṭāh bed


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mat

verb

Definition of mat

matted; matting
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


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mat

verb \ ˈmat \

Definition of mat

matted; matting
transitive verb
1 or less commonly matte or matt : to make (something, such as a metal, glass, or color) matte
2 : to provide (a picture) with a mat

First Known Use of mat

1602


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mat

adjective

Less common spelling of

: lacking or deprived of luster (see 2luster 1) or gloss: such as
a : having a usually smooth even surface free from shine or highlights
  • matte metals
  • a matte finish
b : having a rough or granular (see granular 1) surface

Other Paints and Dyes Terms


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mat

noun

Definition of mat

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

Origin and Etymology of mat

French mat dull color, unpolished surface, from mat, adjective — more at matte

Other Pictures (on film) Terms


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mat

noun

Definition of mat

: matrix 2a

First Known Use of mat

1904



MAT Defined for Kids

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mat

noun \ ˈmat \

Definition of mat for Students

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

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mat

verb

Definition of mat for Students

matted; matting
: to form into a tangled mass

Medical Dictionary

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mat

adjective
variants: or matt or matte play \ˈmat\

medical Definition of mat

1 : lacking or deprived of luster or gloss : having a usually smooth even surface free from shine or highlights
2 : having a coarse rough rugose or granular surface
  • bacteria that form mat colonies on agar

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mat

noun

medical Definition of mat

: a mat colony of bacteria


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