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matte1

or mat, matt

[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.
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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  • The “American process” or “Pyritic smelting” consists in the direct smelting of raw ores to matte in blast furnaces.

  • matte Enamel, medium weight; Enameled, medium weight; Velvet, medium weight.

  • All good things go in threes, so matte and his wife fished for salmon in spring, for herring in summer, and for cod in winter.

    The Lilac Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • The German term in the Glossary for panes ex pyrite is stein, the same as the modern German for matte.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Thereafter they would be in a position to deliver “blister” copper instead of matte to the market.

    The Mystery of The Barranca Herman Whitaker
  • The matte is roasted, re-smelted with lead, and no doubt a button obtained, and further matte.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • matte and Maie grew fat on this fine living, and daily became richer.

    The Lilac Fairy Book Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for matte

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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