mat

1 [mat]
noun
1.
a piece of fabric made of plaited or woven rushes, straw, hemp, or similar fiber, or of some other pliant material, as rubber, used as a protective covering on a floor or other surface, to wipe the shoes on, etc.
2.
a smaller piece of material, often ornamental, set under a dish of food, a lamp, vase, etc.
3.
Sports.
a.
the padded canvas covering the entire floor of a wrestling ring, for protecting the contestants from injury when thrown.
b.
a thick pad placed on the floor for the protection of tumblers and others engaged in gymnastic sports.
4.
a thickly growing or thick and tangled mass, as of hair or weeds.
5.
a sack made of matting, as for coffee or sugar.
6.
a slablike footing of concrete, especially one for an entire building.
7.
a heavy mesh reinforcement for a concrete slab.
verb (used with object), matted, matting.
8.
to cover with or as if with mats or matting.
9.
to form into a mat, as by interweaving.
verb (used without object), matted, matting.
10.
to become entangled; form tangled masses.
Idioms
11.
go to the mat, to contend or struggle in a determined or unyielding way: The president is going to the mat with Congress over the proposed budget cuts.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English matte < Late Latin matta mat of rushes < Semitic; compare Hebrew mittāh bed

matless, adjective
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mat

2 [mat]
noun
1.
a piece of cardboard or other material placed over or under a drawing, painting, photograph, etc., to serve as a frame or provide a border between the picture and the frame.
verb (used with object), matted, matting.
2.
to provide (a picture) with a mat.

Origin:
1835–40; apparently mat1, influenced by matte1

mat

3 [mat]
adjective, noun, verb, matted, matting.

mat

4 [mat]
noun Printing.
1.
the intaglio, usually of papiermâché, impressed from type or a cut, from which a stereotype plate is cast.
2.
matrix ( def 8 ).

Origin:
1920–25; shortened form of matrix

mat.

1.
matins.

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mat1 (mæt)
 
n
1.  a thick flat piece of fabric used as a floor covering, a place to wipe one's shoes, etc
2.  a smaller pad of material used to protect a surface from the heat, scratches, etc, of an object placed upon it
3.  a large piece of thick padded material put on the floor as a surface for wrestling, judo, or gymnastic sports
4.  (NZ) a Māori cloak
5.  (NZ) go back to the mat to abandon urban civilization
6.  any surface or mass that is densely interwoven or tangled: a mat of grass and weeds
7.  the solid part of a lace design
8.  a.  a heavy net of cable or rope laid over a blasting site to prevent the scatter of debris
 b.  a heavy mesh of reinforcement in a concrete slab
 c.  (esp US) a steel or concrete raft serving as a footing to support a post
9.  civil engineering short for mattress
 
vb , mats, matting, matted
10.  to tangle or weave or become tangled or woven into a dense mass
11.  (tr) to cover with a mat or mats
 
[Old English matte; related to Old High German matta]
 
'matless1
 
adj

mat2 (mæt)
 
n
1.  a border of cardboard, cloth, etc, placed around a picture to act as a frame or as a contrast between picture and frame
2.  a surface, as on metal or paint
 
adj
3.  having a dull, lustreless, or roughened surface
 
vb , mats, matting, matted
4.  to furnish (a picture) with a mat
5.  to give (a surface) a mat finish
 
[C17: from French, literally: dead; see checkmate]

mat3 (mæt)
 
n
informal printing short for matrix

mat.
 
abbreviation for
matinée

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Word Origin & History

mat
O.E. matte, from L.L. matta "mat made of rushes" (4c.), probably from Punic or Phoenician (cf. Heb. mittah "bed, couch"). Meaning "piece of padded flooring used in gymnastics or wrestling" is attested from 1903.
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MAT
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mat.
matinee
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Idioms & Phrases

mat

see go to the mat; welcome mat.

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Example sentences for MAT
Water is removed from this mat of fibers by pressing and drying to make paper.
This idea was first discussed by mat ryer a computer software engineer based in london.
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