- 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 slablike footing of concrete, especially one for an entire building.
- a heavy mesh reinforcement for a concrete slab.
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OTHER WORDS FROM matmatless, adjective
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If they were well thought through, with a clear plan of execution, she was in, and ready to go to the mat.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable|Joshua DuBois|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Zalwar Khan returns quickly and begins his morning prayers, spreading out a plastic mat and folding his arms over his chest.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Besides, neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians are exactly rolling out the welcome mat for Kerry.Everyone Says John Kerry Should Stay Out of the Middle East|Josh Rogin|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It would just throw himself onto a huge, soft mat covered in a bit of sand, and then it would get up right away.Game of Thrones’ New Hunk Michiel Huisman on the Revamped Daario Naharis|Marlow Stern|April 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By remarkable contrast, younger musicians who really go to the mat for political controversy can become superstars.The GOP’s Real Ted Nugent Problem|James Poulos|February 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had repeated till he was thrice weary the statement that "the Cat lay on the Mat and the Rat came in."Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
"Let me get the man something to eat," said Yung Pak as the monk seated himself upon a mat.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
He went back to his praying mat and bent again toward the west, where the Holy Kaaba enshrines the ruby sent down from heaven.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
We here saw an opium-eater, lying stretched out upon a mat on the floor.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
The mat shop is beginning to affect my health: the dust has inflamed my throat, and my eyesight is weakening in the constant dusk.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
British Dictionary definitions for mat (1 of 4)
- 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
Derived forms of matmatless, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with mat
see go to the mat; welcome mat.