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mat

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noun \ˈmat\

Definition of mat

  1. 1a (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 solesb :  a decorative piece of material used under a small item (as a dish) especially for support or protectionc :  a large thick pad or cushion used as a surface for wrestling, tumbling, and gymnastics

  2. 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. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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mat

verb

Definition of mat

matted

;

matting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide with a mat or matting

  3. 2a :  to form into a tangled mass dirt and filth matted her hairb :  to pack down so as to form a dense mass

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become matted

1549

First Known Use of mat

1549


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mat

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verb \ˈmat\

Definition of mat

matted

;

matting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 or less commonly matte or matt :  to make (as a metal, glass, or color) matte

  3. 2 :  to provide (a picture) with a mat

1602

First Known Use of mat

1602


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mat

adjective

less common spelling of

  1. :  lacking or deprived of luster (see 2luster 1) or gloss: such asa :  having a usually smooth even surface free from shine or highlights matte metals a matte finishb :  having a rough or granular (see granular 1) surface


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mat

noun

Definition of mat

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1845

Other Pictures (on film) Terms


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mat

noun

Definition of mat

  1. :  matrix 2a

1904

First Known Use of mat

1904



MAT Defined for Kids

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mat

play
noun \ˈmat\

Definition of mat for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of material used as a floor or seat covering or in front of a door to wipe the shoes on

  2. 2 :  a decorative piece of material used under dishes or vases

  3. 3 :  a pad or cushion for gymnastics or wrestling

  4. 4 :  something made up of many tangled strands a mat of hair


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mat

play
verb

Definition of mat for Students

matted

;

matting

  1. :  to form into a tangled mass


Medical Dictionary

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mat

adjective
variants: or

matt

or

matte

\ˈmat\play

Medical Definition of mat

  1. 1:  lacking or deprived of luster or gloss :  having a usually smooth even surface free from shine or highlights

  2. 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

  1. :  a mat colony of bacteria



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