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.
a smaller piece of material, often ornamental, set under a dish of food, a lamp, vase, etc.
the padded canvas covering the entire floor of a wrestling ring, for protecting the contestants from injury when thrown.
a thick pad placed on the floor for the protection of tumblers and others engaged in gymnastic sports.
a thickly growing or thick and tangled mass, as of hair or weeds.
a sack made of matting, as for coffee or sugar.
a slablike footing of concrete, especially one for an entire building.
a heavy mesh reinforcement for a concrete slab.
to cover with or as if with mats or matting.
to form into a mat, as by interweaving.
to become entangled; form tangled masses.
Idioms about mat
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.
- matless, adjective
Other definitions for mat (2 of 6)
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.
to provide (a picture) with a mat.
Other definitions for mat (3 of 6)
Other definitions for mat (4 of 6)
the intaglio, usually of papiermâché, impressed from type or a cut, from which a stereotype plate is cast.
Other definitions for mat. (5 of 6)
Other definitions for M.A.T. (6 of 6)
Master of Arts in Teaching.
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British Dictionary definitions for mat (1 of 4)
a thick flat piece of fabric used as a floor covering, a place to wipe one's shoes, etc
a smaller pad of material used to protect a surface from the heat, scratches, etc, of an object placed upon it
a large piece of thick padded material put on the floor as a surface for wrestling, judo, or gymnastic sports
NZ a Māori cloak
go back to the mat NZ to abandon urban civilization
any surface or mass that is densely interwoven or tangled: a mat of grass and weeds
the solid part of a lace design
a heavy net of cable or rope laid over a blasting site to prevent the scatter of debris
a heavy mesh of reinforcement in a concrete slab
(esp US) a steel or concrete raft serving as a footing to support a post
civil engineering short for mattress (def. 3)
to tangle or weave or become tangled or woven into a dense mass
(tr) to cover with a mat or mats
- matless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for mat (2 of 4)
a border of cardboard, cloth, etc, placed around a picture to act as a frame or as a contrast between picture and frame
a surface, as on metal or paint
having a dull, lustreless, or roughened surface
to furnish (a picture) with a mat
to give (a surface) a mat finish
- Also (for senses 2, 4): matt
British Dictionary definitions for mat (3 of 4)
printing informal short for matrix (def. 5)
British Dictionary definitions for mat. (4 of 4)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with mat
see go to the mat; welcome mat.
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