There are several fire-places in each dwelling; raised benches extend round the sides, and the walls are often lined with matting.
The sails were made of matting, with laths placed across them.
Its chief use there is in the weaving of matting on a crude loom, an adaptation of the common textile loom.
He selected a clean place on the matting and lay upon the floor.
This night we slept on rawhide springs, a piece of matting for a mattress.
The floor is to have a matting, one of those heavy, cloth-like mattings.
The rich dado of matting is especially well placed in such a room as this, which is large and luminous.
He could see, too, that the matting had been cast aside, revealing the trap-door.
The floor is matted, and I am bound to say the matting is filthy.
Kallolo, however, said that he would show us how matting was manufactured in his country.
loosely joined natural materials used as bedding, etc., Old English matte, from Late Latin matta "mat made of rushes" (4c.), probably from Punic or Phoenician matta (cf. Hebrew mittah "bed, couch"). Meaning "tangled mass" is from 1835. That of "piece of padded flooring used in gymnastics or wrestling" is attested from 1892; hence figurative phrase go to the mat "do battle" (1910). The Latin word also is the source of German Matte, matze; Dutch mat, Italian matta. French natte "mat, matting" is from Late Latin secondary form natta (cf. napkin).
"sheet of backing material," 1845, from French mat "dull surface or finish" (15c.), noun use of Old French mat (adj.); see mat (adj.).
1640s, "lusterless, dull" (of a color or surface), from French mat "dull, dead surface," from Old French mat "beaten down, withered, afflicted, dejected; dull," which is perhaps from Latin mattus "maudlin with drink," from madere "to be wet or sodden, be drunk," from PIE root *mad- "to be wet, drip" (see mast (n.2)). Or the French word might represent a transferred use from chess of mater "to checkmate, defeat," from Arabic (see mate (v.2)).
early 15c., "to make mats," from mat (n.1). From 1540s as "to provide with mats, to cover with mats;" meaning "to become tangled" is from 1570s. Related: Matted; matting.