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noun (1)

mat·​ting ˈma-tiŋ How to pronounce matting (audio)
: material for mats
: mats


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noun (2)

: a dull lusterless surface (as on gilding, metalwork, or satin)

Examples of matting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The rabbits appeared well fed, but the majority are longhaired, meaning they should not have been kept outdoors and require daily brushing to avoid painful matting of the fur, Hadzimuratovic said. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2024 If your pup is prone to tangles, using a dog detangler spray after bath time can help prevent future matting. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 This includes regular grooming sessions to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 July 2023 An entire bag was able to be filled with the solid matting. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 Brushing your dog regularly helps remove loose fur and prevents matting, which can trap dirt and irritants close to their skin. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2023 In preparation for his trial, prosecutors had the hoodie placed in an enormous frame with white matting. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 Concrete matting was installed in some places, as well. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 18 June 2023 An even simpler version of the bamboo shelter — comprising an umbrella-like roof without walls that people can cover with matting — is also being rolled out as an even faster, albeit temporary, solution. CNN, 29 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Noun (2)

from gerund of mat entry 4

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of matting was circa 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Matting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: material for mats
also : mats or a supply of mats

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