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matte1

[mat] /mæt/
adjective
1.
having a dull or lusterless surface:
matte paint; a matte complexion; a photograph with a matte finish.
noun
2.
a dull or dead surface, often slightly roughened, as on metals, paint, paper, or glass.
3.
a tool for producing such a surface.
4.
Metallurgy. an unfinished metallic product of the smelting of certain sulfide ores, especially those of copper.
5.
Movies. matte shot.
verb (used with object), matted, matting.
6.
to finish with a matte surface.
Also, mat, matt.
Origin of matte1
1640-1650
1640-50; < French mat (masculine), matte (feminine), Old French < Late Latin mattus moist, soft, weak, perhaps < *maditus, derivative of Latin madēre to be wet

matte2

[mat] /mæt/
noun, Mining.
1.
a mass of timber caved beneath overburden so as to cushion the fall of the overburden and separate it from mineral to be extracted beneath.
Origin
< German; akin to mat1
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Examples from the web for matte
  • To make the surface durable, apply matte varnish according to the manufacturer's instructions with a foam roller.
  • The right-hand part looks corrugated, with three alternating pairs of shallow matte ridges and grooves.
  • We watch an episode and build a list of ship shots, view screen shots and matte paintings.
  • The surface extends floor to ceiling, edge to edge and is slightly matte, so it can double as a projection surface.
  • The three tiles he showed me were: glossy cream, matte brown and matte tan.
  • Her glazed skin was an interesting tint, a matte greenish- gray.
  • There's a flypaper stickiness about them, too, though their usual surface is matte and dry.
  • It's also matte, so it has no greasy residue feeling.
  • Try a matte purple or blue for daytime and sparkly golds or reds for night.
  • Get up close to one of the demons and look at his skin: it gleams with a dull, matte, scaly sheen that's disturbingly lifelike.
British Dictionary definitions for matte

matt

/mæt/
adjective, noun, verb
1.
variant spellings of mat2 (sense 2), mat1 (sense 3), mat2 (sense 5)

matte1

/mæt/
noun
1.
an impure fused material consisting of metal sulphides produced during the smelting of a sulphide ore
Word Origin
C19: from French

matte2

/mæt/
noun
1.
(films, television) a mask used to blank out part of an image so that another image can be superimposed
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Word Origin and History for matte
n.

variant of mat (n.2).

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