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matte1

or mat, matt

[mat]
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adjective
  1. having a dull or lusterless surface: matte paint; a matte complexion; a photograph with a matte finish.
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noun
  1. a dull or dead surface, often slightly roughened, as on metals, paint, paper, or glass.
  2. a tool for producing such a surface.
  3. Metallurgy. an unfinished metallic product of the smelting of certain sulfide ores, especially those of copper.
  4. Movies. matte shot.
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verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.
  1. to finish with a matte surface.
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Origin of matte1

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]
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.
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Origin of matte2

< German; akin to mat1
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Examples from the Web for matte

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Historical Examples

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

  • Matte and Maie grew fat on this fine living, and daily became richer.

  • There was once a fisherman who was called Salmon, and his Christian name was Matte.

  • 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

  • The matte is roasted, re-smelted with lead, and no doubt a button obtained, and further matte.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola


British Dictionary definitions for matte

matte1

noun
  1. an impure fused material consisting of metal sulphides produced during the smelting of a sulphide ore
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Word Origin

C19: from French

matte2

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.

"backing for a picture," 1845, from French; see mat (n.2).

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n.

variant of mat (n.2).

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