MATS

[ mats ]
/ mæts /

noun

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Definition for mats (2 of 6)

mat1
[ mat ]
/ mæt /

noun

verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.

to cover with or as if with mats or matting.
to form into a mat, as by interweaving.

verb (used without object), mat·ted, mat·ting.

to become entangled; form tangled masses.

Origin of mat

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English matte < Late Latin matta mat of rushes < Semitic; compare Hebrew mittāh bed

OTHER WORDS FROM mat

mat·less, adjective

Definition for mats (3 of 6)

mat2
[ mat ]
/ mæt /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.

to provide (a picture) with a mat.

Origin of mat

2
1835–40; apparently mat1, influenced by matte1

Definition for mats (4 of 6)

mat3
[ mat ]
/ mæt /

adjective, noun, verb, mat·ted, mat·ting.

Definition for mats (5 of 6)

mat4
[ mat ]
/ mæt /

noun Printing.

the intaglio, usually of papiermâché, impressed from type or a cut, from which a stereotype plate is cast.

Origin of mat

4
First recorded in 1920–25; shortened form of matrix

Definition for mats (6 of 6)

matte1

or mat, matt

[ mat ]
/ mæt /

adjective

having a dull or lusterless surface: matte paint; a matte complexion; a photograph with a matte finish.

noun

a dull or dead surface, often slightly roughened, as on metals, paint, paper, or glass.
a tool for producing such a surface.
Metallurgy. an unfinished metallic product of the smelting of certain sulfide ores, especially those of copper.
Movies. matte shot.

verb (used with object), mat·ted, mat·ting.

to finish with a matte surface.

Origin of matte

1
1640–50; < French mat (masculine), matte (feminine), Old French < Late Latin mattus moist, soft, weak, perhaps < *maditus, derivative of Latin madēre to be wet
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British Dictionary definitions for mats (1 of 5)

matte1
/ (mæt) /

noun

an impure fused material consisting of metal sulphides produced during the smelting of a sulphide ore

Word Origin for matte

C19: from French

British Dictionary definitions for mats (2 of 5)

matte2
/ (mæt) /

noun

films television a mask used to blank out part of an image so that another image can be superimposed

British Dictionary definitions for mats (3 of 5)

mat1
/ (mæt) /

noun

verb mats, matting or matted

to tangle or weave or become tangled or woven into a dense mass
(tr) to cover with a mat or mats

Derived forms of mat

matless, adjective

Word Origin for mat

Old English matte; related to Old High German matta

British Dictionary definitions for mats (4 of 5)

mat2
/ (mæt) /

noun

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

adjective

having a dull, lustreless, or roughened surface

verb mats, matting or matted (tr)

to furnish (a picture) with a mat
to give (a surface) a mat finish
Also (for senses 2, 4): matt

Word Origin for mat

C17: from French, literally: dead; see checkmate

British Dictionary definitions for mats (5 of 5)

mat3
/ (mæt) /

noun

printing informal short for matrix (def. 5)
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Idioms and Phrases with mats

mat

see go to the mat; welcome mat.

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